Maxine Lucille "Mickey" Cox, 93, passed away October 21, 2017, at home in Athens. Mrs. Cox was born on November 25, 1923, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to Issac Edward Ford and Jessie Tannehill Ford. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Union City, Tennessee, and for the past seven years had resided in Athens and attended First Methodist Church of Athens.
Visitation services will be held from 6-9 p.m., Monday, October 23, at Spry Funeral Home in Athens. Another visitation from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with funeral service following will be held at First Methodist Church in Union City, Tennessee, on Wednesday, October 25. Burial will follow at Obion County Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, five brothers and her husband of 60 years, Eddie R. Cox Jr. She is survived by her son, Michael E. Cox, of Union City, Tennessee; her daughter, Jayne Ann Higginbotham, of Athens; granddaughter, Jennifer Davis (Todd) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; grandsons, David Cox, Jackson, Tennessee, Peyton Cox, Orlando, Florida, Ryan Higginbotham (Dianne) of Union City, Tennessee, Alex Higginbotham and Chase Higginbotham (Shannon) of Athens, Benjamin Jorge (Paige) of Nashville, Tennessee, and Jonathan Jorge (Christina) of Union City, Tennessee. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Madeline Higginbotham of Athens, and Palmer Higginbotham and George Higginbotham, both of Union City, Tennessee.
Mickey, as she was known to friends, Mother to her children and Mimi, as she was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will always be remembered by her generous heart and most of all her smile. She was the friendliest of friendly and would make anyone feel at home with her kind words and compliments, slipped from her mouth so easily. She came from very humble beginnings during the Depression. Many are unaware that she was an accomplished roller skater back in her high school days with flips and twirls. She and her husband married at 18 during WWII. Her husband served in both WWII and the Korean War. In 1952, they moved to Union City, Tennessee, from Mount Vernon. She was very active in her church and community. She lived in Union City until 2010, when she went to live with her daughter in Alabama. Peacefully, on Saturday afternoon, heaven gained our sweet angel.
Published on October 23, 2017