Curtis Cecil Cox, 88, went to be with the Lord on September 26, 2010. He was born and raised in Blanco, Texas, the oldest son of Andrew and Mary Cox. At the age of 20, he joined the Army Air Corps and flew 56 missions into Germany and France including D-Day. Curtis earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters as an engineer/gunner on a B-56 Marauder bomber. After the war, he returned home, enrolled in Texas A&M, and married his high school sweetheart, Lillian Weber. After graduation, Curtis began a career with the Soil Conservation Service, working in Pecos, Fort Stockton, and Bryan, Texas. It was in Bryan that Curtis and Lillian raised their family of four children and became a home away from home for the many nieces and nephews who attended Texas A&M over the years. During this time, they were active in their church and served as leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. After retiring, he had a second career as a real estate broker in Bryan/College Station. Most recently, Curtis and Lillian returned to Blanco to live closer to family and friends.
Curtis was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Lillian; his sister Audrey Weber and husband Frank; sister, Marge Maristica and husband Paul; sister Jean Stanley and husband Bruce, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Laurence and Lillian Weber. He is survived by a brother, Howard Cox and wife Delores; children, Sandra Abernathy, Michael Cox and wife Melanie, David Cox and wife Yolanda, and James Cox. Curtis had seven grandchildren: Jimmy and Brian Abernathy, Travis, Nathaniel and Arielle Cox, Daniel and Eric Cox, and one great-grandson, Orion Abernathy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to a local Boy Scout troop.
A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1 at Crofts Funeral Home in Blanco. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 2, 2010, at St Ferdinand Catholic Church, Blanco, TX, with interment to follow at the Cox Cemetery.