Jerry Wayne Cox of Longs was born to Fannie Virginia Prince and Dayton Paul Cox of Longs on Feb. 8, 1954. He passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, after a short illness at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Jerry attended Loris High School, graduating in 1972. He then attended Francis Marion University, graduating with a degree in business administration in 1976.
After graduation, Jerry went to work at Talon Industries in Loris, where he met Christine Crudo from Meadville, Pa. They married in October 1983. In 1988, Jerry and Chris were blessed with their daughter, Nicole Christine, who was the joy of Jerry’s heart. His grandson, Connor, was born in 2009 and his granddaughter, Gracelyn, in 2016.
Jerry worked in manufacturing, including time with Eagle Industries and AVX Industries. He also served as an insurance broker, where he met and helped many people in the Loris, Conway and Longs communities. Jerry retired in 2018 to focus his attention fully on his family.
Those who knew Jerry remember his avid fishing and hunting, spending many hours on the water and in the woods around Horry County and sharing the stories of his adventures with all who would listen. He taught several generations of children about both, with endless patience and kindness to all.
Jerry was devoted to the Lord and served in many church roles at Hickory Grove Baptist Church and Buck Creek Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School director and church deacon.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Christine; daughter, Nicole and fiancé Timothy Whittaker; grandson Connor; granddaughter Gracelyn; brother Jimmy Cox and wife Katrina; sister Etta Lawrimore and husband Gary; sister Faye King and husband Wayne, brother/nephew Barry Cox and wife Kathryn; nephews, Tory King, Paul Cox, Elijah Monks and JC Arakas; nieces, Faith Monks (husband Dan), Laura Arakas (husband Chris), Susan Weatherly (husband Kyle), Ginger Lawrimore, Maggie Morge (husband Patrick), Lakin King, Isabel Monk and Eleni Arakas. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Helen Higgins, Kathy Dutko and Mary Singleterry; and brother-in-law Frank Crudo and many Crudo nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many cousins of the Cox, Bellamy, Prince, Holmes, Vaught, Gause, Register, Stevens, Todd and Boyd clans. Jerry will also be missed by his loyal dog, Batman, who had many adventures with Jerry and Connor.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 7 until 9 p.m. at Hardwick Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Denis McCory and the Rev. Bill Barnette officiating. Committal services will follow at Buck Creek Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church Youth Group, 2710 Hwy. 905, Conway, S.C. 29526 or to your local humane society. Sign Mr. Cox’s online guest book at hardwickfuneralhome.com.
Hardwick Funeral Home is serving the family.