Biographical Sketch On The Life Of Frank L. Cox
Frank Lucius Cox was born to Hall Edwin and Beulah Nash Cox on August 5, 1895, at Farmersville, Texas. Schools he attended included Woodville, while it was yet called Indian Territory, and Kingston, Oklahoma, both grade school and high school. Later he attended Abilene Christian College, 1913-14, and Thorp Springs Christian College, 1915-16, graduating there in the Spring of 1917.
Cox was baptized by Alford A. Elmore in Red River before his 18th birthday and soon began making talks. However, he did not claim to have preached his first sermon until the Fall of 1913 while still attending Abilene Christian College. He preached that first sermon at Baird, Texas, and was a faithful proclaimer of the gospel for the rest of his life.
On December 23, 1919, he married Jo Gretchen Jarnigan. To this union one boy and three girls were born: Jula Lucine (husband of Lawrence L. Smith), Wanda Maye (husband, Calvin W. Wilson), Thelma Jo (husband, John H. Mitchell, Jr.; Thelma Jo is deceased), Paul Frank Cox (wife, Lahoma V.).
Cox preached in 31 States in meetings and seminars.
He baptized all four of their children and officiated for all four weddings; all married Christians coming from Christian homes. All 14 grandchildren are Christians and all are faithful members of the church.
In addition to his extensive work in gospel meetings and seminars and encouraging young men in college to become preachers, he was also a prolific writer. Some of the books he wrote were: "101 Sermon Outlines," "Moses' Last Birthday and Other Sermons," "According to Paul," "Lessons on Church Leadership," "Miracles of Jesus," "Parables of Jesus," "Revelation in 26 Lessons," "Romans in 23 Lessons," "Sermon on the Mount," "According to Luke," "Treatises of Luke," '`77 Sermon Outlines," and others.
Some of the honors bestowed on him were: Honorary membership in Eugene Field Society of Authors and Journalists, 1945; Doctor of Law degree conferred by Magic Valley Christian College, 1964 (Magic Valley, Utah); Doctor of Literature by National Christian University of Dallas, Texas, 1971; named Editor of the Year by 20th Century Christian, 1975: honored by International Bible College, Florence, Alabama, in 1976 for his long and faithful service for the Lord.
He was an elder in the Glenwood Church of Christ of Tyler, Texas, from 1959 to the time of his death.
Cox was a lover of children and wherever he worked with the church, he had classes on Saturdays for the children. In these classes, they were taught to lead singing, to lead prayers to read the Scriptures, and to discuss the Scriptures, whatever could be done to strengthen their faith and knowledge of the Bible.
He was among the first to introduce the bus ministry to bring children and adults to services and use this as a means of making new converts to the church and introducing many people to the church.
Cox will be long remembered for his ability as a writer. He possessed an unusual ability in the field of homiletics. He was unsurpassed in his ability to analyze a Scripture text and to put it in an outline form.
He was editor of a family magazine, The Spotlight, for seven years. He was closely associated with the Firm Foundation for 15 years. He was editor of Minister's Monthly, a magazine for church leaders, for 20 years. He had been a staff writer for the Gospel Advocate since 1953.
Cox possessed a very kind and loving spirit. He was a prayerful man and was heard praying just minutes before he died. While deeply spiritual yet he possessed a fine sense of human and was a source of encouragement to all who knew him.
On January 9, 1978, this great soldier of the cross went home to be with the Lord. Survivors were his wife, Jo Gretchen Cox of Tyler, Texas; daughters, Lula Smith of Abilene, Texas and Wanda Maye Wilson; a son, Dr. Paul F. Cox of Dallas, Texas; 14 grandchildren and six great grandsons.
Funeral service was conducted by George H. Stephenson and Charles Sibert. Funeral was held in the Glenwood Church of Christ in Tyler, Texas. Burial was in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery, Tyler, Texas.
-In Memoriam, Gussie Lambert, pages 58-60
Directions To The Grave of Frank L. Cox
F.L. Cox is buried in Tyler, Texas in the Cathedral In The Pines Cemetery. The cemetery lies south of the city, yet within the city limits. The address is 7825 S. Broadway Ave. (The main N-S road through Tyler). Enter the cemetery at the north entrance. As you drive in you will see a lake on your right. Continue past the lake. Bear to the right past the Mausoleum (which is on the left). Look to the right for a row of pine trees. The plot is in front of (to the East of) the pine trees. From the pine trees count 8 Rows to the east. Then from the street go in (North) 11 rows to the plot of Frank L. and Jo Gretchen Cox.