James L. 'Jimmy' Cox
Cox remembered most as a teacher
His insight, humor certainly one of a kind.
The word unique requires no quantifier. Unique means a person or thing is one of a kind.
All humans, in that sense, are unique. No person is like another. However, let it be said that Jim Cox was “uniquer” than most.
The man had no peer when it came to a humorous approach to life, which he lived to the fullest. His fertile brain could conjure up in a second or two something hilarious on any subject at hand. He will be fondly remembered by his friends for that. “A merry heart doeth good, like a medicine.”
In addition, he was a person of myriad talents. His high school teaching career in three fields attests to that.
Cox graduated from his beloved Grove High School and attended Murray State University two years before serving in the Navy.
After marriage to his high school sweetheart, Emily Daniel, he promptly continued his education and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and 45 hours toward a doctorate. During his college years, he exhibited his considerable talent as a musician in the classic MSU productions of “Campus Lights.”
In later years, he contributed to his community in various ways, not the least of which was a carefully researched and meticulous history of First Baptist Church from its founding in 1833.
He was an articulate poet and noted genealogist. His photography skills were legendary and he once owned a photo studio.
While the litany of accomplishments by Jim Cox is impressive and significant, it will be from his school teaching career that his greatest legacy will ensue. Anyone who has a profound influence on the next generation leaves the most indelible footprints on the sands of time.
He first taught English at Grove High School, then moved on out to Henry County High School to teach history, then photography.
Cox continually worked outside the box in his teaching regimen. No dry lecturer, he kept students’ interest honed with a classroom regimen that included off-the-wall humor and approaches that moved his subject into the vernacular of his kids. They responded with unabashed admiration and, not the least, attention.
Numbers of his students have gone on to teaching careers themselves, inspired by his model. Generations yet to come will reap the benefits to this community, and particularly its school system, from Jim Cox’s contributions.
May 20, 2009
Cox, truly wonderful
May 20, 2009
more fun than Coxes
June 8, 2009
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