Rayburn Cox: 1946-2004
Well-known Meeker resident Rayburn Cox, 57, died suddenly Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at Pioneers Hospital after suffering a heart attack while hunting near Meeker.
James Rayburn Cox was born Nov. 15, 1946, in Kingsburg, Calif., the son of Eddric Leland and Lillie Belle (Rose) Cox. He was raised in California until the age of 12 when the family moved to Paonia where he graduated from high school with the class of 1965. Following graduation he attended Western State College for two years.
On March 16, 1967, he was united in marriage to Jeanie Johnson in Gunnison. After their marriage, Cox’s wanderlust called and he and Jeanie to move to California where he felt the call to God’s ministry. After a short time in California, Rayburn, Jeanie and Tanya moved to Grand Junction where Burnie was born. In 1971, the family moved to Springfield, Mo., for Cox to attend the Baptist Bible College. While in Springfield, Sarah was born. The family lived in Hotchkiss from 1974 through 1979 where Pastor Cox pastored the Bible Baptist Church and Beth was born. He moved to Grand Valley where he worked as a foreman for the Occidental Coal Mine and was associated with Battlement Mesa Baptist Church and Floyd was born.
In 1981, Cox and his family moved to Meeker where he founded Faith Baptist Church serving there until 1991. In 1995, they moved to Grand Junction and in 1997 to Montague, Mich., where he founded the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Rothbury, Mich. In 2002, he and Jeanie returned to Meeker where he started the Church at Meeker.
Cox was a wonderful friend, counselor and mentor to many people. He loved to fellowship and share coffee with his friends. He never knew a stranger and strove to see the face of Christ in all he met. He loved to travel, especially in his little red MGB convertible. He was an outstanding carpenter and an avid Broncos fan. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, hearty laugh and love of humanity.
Survivors include Jeanie, his beloved wife, of Meeker, five children, Tanya (Kevin) LeFevre of Grand Junction; Burnie (Trina) Cox of Meeker; Sarah (Lance) Ray of Superior, Mont., Beth (Richard) Ford of Fairplay, Colo., and Floyd (Erin) Cox of Meeker.
Cox loved and adored his 18 grandchildren, Tyrel, Kyle, Shealey, Melody, Alec, Amber, Elisebeth, Cory, Lance, Kristen, Wesley, Kaylee, Brooke, Brett, Brady, Lacey, Andrew and Lily. He is also survived by his mother, Lillie Cox, of Rogers, Ark.; two sisters, Carolyn Sue (Jim) Norris, of Paonia, and Betty (Joe) Oliverson, of Grand Junction; and one brother, Herbert (Connie) Cox, of Garibaldi, Ore.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday from the Fairfield Community Center with interment following in the Highland Cemetery. Friends may call Friday until 8 p.m. at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Rayburn Cox Memorial Fund through either First National Bank of the Rockies or Mountain Valley Bank.
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