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Date published: 11/4/2012

Judge William J. Cox

Judge William Jerome Cox, 81, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at his home in White Oak. He was the son of Dr. L. Philip Cox and Louise Robb Cox.

He attended James Monroe High School. He spent his junior year at Woodberry Forest School and then returned for his senior year at JMHS.

Jerry attended Randolph-Macon College for 11/2 years and then was drafted into the Army. After discharge, he enrolled at the University of Virginia, graduating with a B.A. in English in 1955 and a law degree in 1958.

He returned to Fredericksburg and practiced law on his own for six months before joining in a partnership with DuVal Q. Hicks Jr. Over the next 19 years he was in several different law partnerships.

In 1977, Cox was named full-time judge of the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court for the 15th District. After his retirement in 1994, Judge Cox served as a substitute in various General District Courts and in recent years returned to substitute in J&DR Court.

Judge Cox served as president of Frank C. Pratt Mental Health Association and chairman of the Annual March of Dimes. He was Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 875 for two years, during which time he oversaw the building of the Lodge's new home in nearby Spotsylvania County.

Jerry was predeceased by his parents, his brother L. Philip Cox Jr., and his son Paul Victor Cox. He is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Carol Thayer Cox; his sister, Beverley McDaniels and her husband, John, of North Hampton, N.H.; his sons, Rodney Kay Cox of Orange Park, Fla., William Jerome Cox Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Ashland, David Hamilton Cox of Syria and Christopher Lawrence Cox of Austin, Texas; and his daughters, Elizabeth McLaurin Cox of Greensboro, N.C., Melissa Louise Stone and her husband, Carl, of Inman, S.C., Sally Ann Preston and her husband, Tony, of Fredericksburg and Kimberly Thayer Cox and her wife, Kate Collins, of Haverhill, Mass.

A memorial service will be held at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m., and a reception time and place will be announced then.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations in Jerry's name to one of his favorite charities: Nature Conservancy, nature.org; Chesapeake Bay Foundation, cbf.org; The Greater Contribution, greatercontribu tion.org; or Books Behind Bars, thequestinstitute.org.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.