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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,

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  • August 30
    Golf scramble to benefit BCHS athletics set
    1 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • August 30
    Mission trip presentation at Fruitdale church
    2 p.m. Midway Church,
  • September 3
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane