Robert Ray Cox – Makanda May 1, 2014

MAKANDA — Robert Ray Cox, 87, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Carbondale.

He was a groundskeeper for SIU and a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy.

Robert was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Makanda to Walter D. and Eloise (Allen) Cox.

He was united in marriage to Evva Cruse on Jan. 20, 1951, in Carterville.

Survivors include his wife, Evva Cox of Makanda; daughter, Patricia Raczynksi of Birmingham, Alabama; grandsons, Mark (Abigail) Racynski of Alabama and Christopher (Katie) Racynski of Georgia; great-granddaughter, Elle Sylvia Racynski of Alabama; and sisters, Jane Cox and Phoebe Cox, both of Makanda.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Harold Cox, of Makanda.

Services will be at noon today in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Combs officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Boskydell Baptist Church or charity of the donor’s choice.

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