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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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  • November 1
    Annual chicken noodle dinner, craft bazaar at Christiansburg church
    4 to 7 p.m. Christiansburg United Methodist Church, 7372 S. Christianburg Road
  • November 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 1
    Annual craft, bake sale at Helmsburg church
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St.
  • November 1
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 1
    Annual bazaar, quilt raffle, bake sale, bean dinner
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goshen Community Church, 2798 Gatesville Road, Bean Blossom
  • November 3
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • November 4
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • November 4
    Government offices CLOSED
  • November 4
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    7 to 8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 5
    Woodworkers club
    7 p.m. Charlie Roush's Shop, 6987 Christianberg Road
  • November 5
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 6
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • November 6
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 6
    Salt Creek Trail Committee
    10 a.m. BC Parks & Rec. Office, 1001 Deer Run Lane
  • November 6
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. Helmsburg Elementary School, 5378 Helmsburg School Road
  • November 6
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artists Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 7
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 8
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • November 8
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • November 8
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 8
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 11
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 11
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • November 12
    Mandatory scholarship meeting at the high school
    6:30 p.m. Brown County High School, 235 School House Lane
  • November 12
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 13
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 14
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 15
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 15
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 18
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 19
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 20
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road