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Sadie Joyce Williams Cox

August 2, 1927 February 4, 2019
Sadie Joyce Williams Cox
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Obituary for Sadie Joyce Williams Cox

Sadie Joyce Williams Cox passed away on Feb. 4 at age 91.

The funeral service will be conducted at Thursday at 1:30 PM in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel, Greenville. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive family and friends for one hour prior to the service.

She leaves behind her 2 children, Vicki (Dan) Thorp of Spotsylvania, Va., and Kenneth (Jeanette) Cox of Chesterfield, VA, 2 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, Jeter Cox, predeceased her, as well as an infant daughter (Amanda Faye), her parents (Walter and Sarah Williams), 12 siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sadie Joyce Williams Cox was the 12th of 13 children born on a farm in Ayden, NC. She attended schools in Ayden, and then a year of college in Greenville, NC. Shortly thereafter, she became a telephone company operator. She worked in NC at Carolina Telephone for several years before moving with her husband and 2 children to Virginia, where she became an operator with AT&T (then called Cheaspeake & Potomac “C&P”).

Sadie met Jeter Cox in 1949 and married him in 1950. They had 1 stillborn daughter, and then 2 children, Vicki and Kenneth (Kenny), while in N.C. The kids primarily grew up in Petersburg, VA. The family loved to travel and enjoyed great summer road trips to virtually every state in the U.S. Sadie and Jeter eventually flew to Alaska and Hawaii, and even to Europe one time. They enjoyed country, western, and gospel music and often went to festivals.

The Williams family loved gardening, but originally grew tobacco on the old family farm. They ate traditional southern foods, and Sadie later particularly enjoyed and was known for great desserts. The family often drove back to NC to visit family at the old farm place. Some of her siblings continued to grow tobacco and Sadie and family could help out in summer. Sadie would often take the kids for a week when she had vacation, ride the bus, and be met by a brother to enjoy their week in the country while Jeter had to work.

They enjoyed church, but often could not attend due to Jeter’s late Saturday night hours at the newspaper printing office and Sadie’s Sunday telephone operator schedule. Sadie retired around age 62, and waited until Jeter could retire. After that, the two of them sold their house in Virginia and moved back to live in Greenville, NC. They continued to travel, drive to local farms to pick vegetables and fruits, as well as to obtain and shell pecans.

Jeter passed away in 2004, and Sadie decided a year and a half later to move to Colorado where daughter Vicki lived, but remained independent until 2012. She loved reading books, her Bible, collecting poetry, and in the last years, more Word Finds, jigsaw puzzles, and coloring..

Sadie, her daughter, Vicki and son-in-law, Dan, moved to Virginia in May 2015, while son and his wife (Kenny and Jeanette) continued to live near Richmond, Va. Both families have dogs, so Sadie is “grandmom” to the dogs as well as Kenny’s step-kids and grandkids.
Her Alzheimer’s continued to worsen between 2010-2019. Her final worldly residence was at Harmony House in Chesterfield where Dana Phinney and a delightful crew of employees and family provided a wonderful home for her.

Sadie was a great daughter, wife, and mother. She and her husband instilled good values and a stable upbringing for their children. They love her dearly, and are so happy she has now escaped this horrible disease and can finally be in the loving arms of her Savior and with her heavenly family until we meet again. Thank you, God, for the blessings Sadie brought to many of us!

The victory is won! Sadie never sang and claimed she couldn’t. But we know she’s singing and celebrating in her new home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or by mail to 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

7

Feb

12:30 PM 2/7/2019 12:30:00 PM - 1:30 PM 2/7/2019 1:30:00 PM
Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville

2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville
2100 East Fifth Street Greenville 27858 NC
United States

Service

Thursday

7

Feb

1:30 PM 2/7/2019 1:30:00 PM
Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville

2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858

Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory - Greenville
2100 East Fifth Street Greenville 27858 NC
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Greenwood Cemetery Final Resting Place

2800 E. Fifth St.
Greenville, NC 27858

2800 E. Fifth St. Greenville 27858 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association

225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17
Chicago, IL 60601
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