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Shirley Cox

Shirley Cox, 85, of Sylva, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday December 29, 2020. A resident of Jackson County for most of her life she was the daughter of the late Frank and Nadine Skinner. She was born on July 23, 1935, in Mecklenburg County, NC. Shirley met William Durwood (Dag) Cox in high school. They married on July 2, 1952 in Orlando, FL. Together they raised three children, Debbie, Jeff, and David.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Dag Cox.

Shirley was a Member of East Sylva Baptist Church where she loved doing the Childrens Sermon and making desserts for the weekly dinners. For many years, Shirley worked as a Children's Minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Apopka, FL.

Shirley enjoyed camping, picnicking, craft making, sewing, and cooking. She was a devoted wife, mother, and caregiver.

Shirley is survived by her children, Debbie (Bill) Douglas of Sylva, Jeff (Lynn) Cox of Jacksonville, FL, David (Lora) Cox of Sylva; four grandchildren, Andrea (Erik) Cox, Ashley Cox, Mitchell (Kellie) Smith, and Madison Cox; one great-granddaughter on the way; her brother, Frank (Susan) Skinner, and a close friend, Mickey Walton.

No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor Shirley to East Sylva Baptist Church Children's Ministry at 61 Faith Avenue, Sylva, NC.

We appreciate all the loving care provided to Mom by Skyland Care Center.

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I worked with Dag at Jackson Paper and that is how i met Shirley. She made most of my beautiful Christmas gifts for me .I remember seeing her cooking on WLOS Carolina Kitchen . She was a very special and kind woman. God Bless your family.

Linda Carter Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

I first met Miss Shirley when my Dad was at Skyland....then later my Mom was there . We became fast friends. I loved her spunk and sweet spirit. My prayers go out to all her family and friends. I know she is surrounded by all Gods children up in heaven with a hugh smile on her face.

Martha Messer Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

Jim and I are so saddened to hear of Shirley's passing. We always loved her and Dag. We especially loved her children's sermons. The adults learned so much from listening to them. I also have one of her special dolls that she made. We pray that her family will be comforted to know that they will see Shirley again one day soon. Prayers for peace and comfort today and in the days ahead. Much love coming your way..... Jim and Debbie Hage

Debbie Hage Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

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