Biographical Sketch On The Life Of Frank L.
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,"
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
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,
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.
Acc to 14 ft.
N32º 15.839' x WO 95º 18.541'
Grave Faces East
Section A Lot 21
The Cox Plot Is To The Right Of The Mausoleum In Front Of The Row