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Howard Nesbit Cox passed away last summer on July 18, 2020, of natural causes just short of his 96th birthday. Born in Panhandle on Aug. 24, 2024, Howard was the youngest of four siblings; his sister and two brothers Evelyn Cox Metcalf, Wayne Cox and Clifford Cox, have now passed away.

A graveside service will be held at Panhandle Cemetery on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. A reception for family and friends will follow the service at the Panhandle War Memorial. Services were postponed earlier because of COVID concerns.

Howard graduated from Panhandle High School in the class of 1941. He served during WWII in Patton’s Army, the 13th Armored Division, 46th Tank Battalion HQ Co. After the war he attended the University of Texas at Austin on the GI bill. Howard graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an application engineer for General Electric for 37 years relocating frequently, finally retiring in Roanoke, Va., in 1985.

Howard loved to travel and see new places. He particularly enjoyed his trips to Australia and New Zealand. He valued education and was an avid learner his whole life. He enjoyed helping family, whenever he visited them, with whatever projects they might be working on. Howard enjoyed playing golf up until the last few years of his life and he always enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Proceeding him in death were his first wife of 48 years, Margaret Thompson; his sons, Gregory and Gary; and his second wife of 12 years, Mary Nell Franklin.

He is survived by his son, Joel Cox and wife, Phyllis; his daughter, Stacy and husband David Pronko; his grandchildren, Danielle, Heather and Chelsea Chappell-Cox, James, Robert, William and Christine Cox, Nicholas and Molly Pronko; and his great-grandchildren, Julian and Sebastian Pinto, Hannah and Gabriel Cox and Reed Harrison.