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Dr. John R. Cox III, 81, of Sweetwater passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo.
Private family graveside services were held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Sweetwater Cemetery with a family member officiating. Services were under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
He was born on July 14, 1932, in Sweetwater. He married Martha Yvonne Grissom on July 2, 1959, in Post.
He was a lifelong resident of Sweetwater. He graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1949. He went to Texas A&M for two years and on to Columbia University in New York for four years, receiving his Doctor of Optometry in 1956. He then opened his practice in the old Blue Bonnet Hotel and later built his current office in 1972.
Survivors include his son, J.R. Cox IV of Austin; twin daughters, Lesley Cox and Elise Cox of New York City, New York; and brother Ronnie L. Cox and wife Sally of Sweetwater.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Yvonne Cox on March 9, 1976; and his parents.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.