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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.

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  • July 28
    Monday at BCSP Nature Center
    10 a.m., 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 29
    Euchre
    6 p.m. 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • July 29
    Geology talk at BCSP Nature Center
    10 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 29
    Brown County Commissioners executive session
    9 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 30
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • July 30
    Squirrel at BCSP Nature Center
    2 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • July 31
    Rotary Club food booth open for the county fair
  • July 31
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 31
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • July 31
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 31
    'Transformers: Age of Extinction' movie at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren
  • July 31
    Thursday at BCSP
    10 a.m., 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • August 1
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • August 1
    Live music at Out of the Ordinary
    7 p.m. Out of the Ordinary, 61 S. Van Buren St.
  • August 1
    Bean Blossom farmers market Friday
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, State roads 135 North and 45, Bean Blossom
  • August 2
    Live jazz at Out of the Ordinary
    7 p.m. Out of the Ordinary, 61 S. Van Buren St.
  • August 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. 746 Memorial Drive, (fairgrounds)
  • August 2
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • August 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. 746 Memorial Drive, (fairgrounds)
  • August 5
    Van Buren Trustee Advisory Board/ Fire Board
    6:30 p.m. Van Buren Fire Station, 6801 S. Hamilton Creek Road
  • August 6
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • August 7
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • August 7
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • August 7
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • August 8
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • August 8
    Live music at Out of the Ordinary
    7 p.m. Out of the Ordinary, 61 S. Van Buren St.
  • August 8
    Bean Blossom farmers market Friday
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, State roads 135 North and 45, Bean Blossom
  • August 9
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • August 9
    Euchre
    6 p.m. 746 Memorial Drive, (fairgrounds)
  • August 9
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • August 9
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • August 9
    Late night dancing at Out of the Ordinary
    9:30 p.m. Out of the Ordinary, 61 S. Van Buren St.
  • August 12
    Euchre
    6 p.m. 746 Memorial Drive, (fairgrounds)
  • August 14
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • August 15
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • August 16
    Euchre
    6 p.m. 746 Memorial Drive, (fairgrounds)
  • August 17
    Church hosts 50-year anniversary for Catholic sister
    noon to 3 p.m. St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1008 McLary Road
  • August 18
    Public library executive session
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • August 22
    Live music at Out of the Ordinary
    7 p.m. Out of the Ordinary, 61 S. Van Buren St.
  • August 23
    Late night dancing at Out of the Ordinary
    9:30 p.m. Out of the Ordinary, 61 S. Van Buren St.
  • August 30
    Wagler Dairy hosts fifth annual ice cream social
    4:30 to 8 p.m. Wagler Dairy, 7085 Homestead Road
  • September 13
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • September 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road