March 25, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013 12:00 PM Vernon Funeral Home
Friday, March 29 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home
Leonard ”Buddy” Carel Cox, 79, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away in his home March 25, 2013 on his son Tim’s birthday. Buddy spent his final hours telling jokes and softly singing and expressing his love to his wife of 46 years, Carol.
He was born January 30, 1934 in Otway, Ohio, the son of the late Raymond Cox and the late Irene Cox Weatherhead. Buddy served in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956 and worked many years for Penn Central/Conrail Railroad, Grimes Mfg, and Rosewood Machines and Tool.
Buddy was a self taught musician, singer and songwriter. He could play any stringed instrument and taught many others his craft. He wrote many country music and gospel songs, made a record, and performed on both radio and stage throughout his life. Along with his love of music, he enjoyed walking in the woods, watching birds and wildlife, and sharing his unique way of looking at the world. He was a member of Life Net Church.
Survivors include his loving wife, Carol; daughter Cindy (Sam) Lockwood of Urbana; sons Timothy Coleman, of Urbana, Jerry (Cindy) Coleman of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Steven (Anna) Coleman of Oxford, OH; sisters Clara (Arlie) Monroe, of Cut-n-Shoot, TX, Fay (Charlie) Conley of Urbana, OH; step-father Todd (Sally) Weatherhead of Urbana, OH; grandchildren, Addy Coleman Shedd, Jeremy Coleman, Cassidy Coleman, Jake Lockwood, Meghan Coleman, Katie Coleman and Ben Coleman; several nieces, nephews, and a sister-in-law, Pam Moody. Buddy was also known as ”Grandpa” to many children over the years including Erika, Zack, Abigail, Solly and many grown step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Raymond Bruce Cox; brothers-in-law, Jim, Vernon, and Tommy Moody and sister-in-law, Marge Cox.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff of Community Mercy Hospice for the comfort and guidance provided during this chapter of his life.
Funeral services will be held at 12 pm on Friday, March 29, 2013 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana with Pastor Chris Livingston officiating. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana. Military honors will be provided by Pearce-Kerns American Legion Post #120.