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Basil "Ed" Cox Jr., 69, Brown County

Basil Edward Cox Jr., a longtime resident of Brown County, passed away Oct. 7, 2012, at the age of 69, after battling cancer for the past six years. He died at Johnson Memorial Hospital surrounded by the people he loved.

Ed was born April 6, 1943, in Gary to Basil Edward Cox and Helen Ling Cox. Having been born in Gary, Ed grew up in Cedar Lake, ultimately graduating from Lowell High School in Lowell.

He also served our country in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969 and was a member of the American Legion.

On Oct. 10, 2001, he married Shelia Carr, and they carved out a happy life together for more than a decade in Nashville. They were introduced to each other by Ed’s daughter-in-law and Shelia’s daughter, who had been working together and collectively decided to set their parents up on a date. It is safe to say that Ed was awestruck the moment he first saw Shelia. He knew that she was too special to let slip away!

Ed led an interesting life structured by dedication, discipline and enjoyment. He rarely missed an opportunity to appreciate a beautiful view, enjoy the quiet dining of small locally owned restaurants, or carve out some time in his life to travel.

He had many former businesses including a home building venture, tour guide developer and co-owner of the Nashville Express. He is most well-known for his tours on the Nashville Express and was able to meet thousands upon thousands of people over the course of more than two decades (many of whom would return the following year or two just to take Ed’s tour again). His grandchildren (step-grandchildren) would affectionately refer to him as “Papa Train Man.” Once the seasons started to change and the temperature began to drop, the Nashville Express would shut down for a short period of time, but Ed never did! He would use this time to travel to his favorite places such as Gatlinburg, Tenn., the Smokey Mountains and Florida. He would write poetry, take scenic drives into new places, and enjoy everything that Mother Nature had in store for him. He was a man who tried hard never to take the little things for granted.

He is survived by his wife, Shelia Cox; his children, Steve Walters, Bradley Eric (Stephanie) Cox, Danielle Ann (Brian) Norcutt, Ryan Jason (Michelle) Cox, Toby James Cox and Harmony Joy Cox. His stepchildren include Jamie (Michael) Kleinhenz, Aaron (Jenni) Carr, Carrie (Dave) Carman, Andrea (Jeff) Mills, Curtis (Maddie) Carr, Ben Wachter, Brian Wachter, Barry Wachter and Braden Wachter. His grandchildren include Tyler Cox, Briar Cox, Bryce Gray, Devan Ward, Isabell Stamper, Aiden Norcutt, Carter Norcutt, Cadence Cox and many stepgrandchildren. Ed also leaves behind a niece, Denise Banton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Ann Melton, Marilyn Gross and Janette Farney.

A memorial service celebrating Ed’s life was conducted at the New Life Community Church in Nashville Friday, Oct. 12 with Pastor Tim Conboy officiating. Ed will be laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery in Nashville.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, www.jewellrittman.com.

  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 23
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 27
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 27
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 28
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road
  • December 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 31
    Live band at the Playhouse
    8 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 2
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 8
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 10
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • January 14
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    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
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    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.