The obituary of Rev. Eddie H. Cox, Baptist minister.

Wilson Daily Times, 6 May 1949.

In addition to being a Free Will Baptist minister (and leading the rebuilding of Piney Grove in 1939), Rev. Eddie H. Cox operated a clothes cleaners on East Nash Street and sold insurance.


In the 1900 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farm laborer Henrietta Cox, 15, and her daughter Julia, 2 months, and her siblings Piercy L., 14, Hardy, 12, Jesse, 10, Eddie, 8, James W., 7, and Lena A., 3.

In the 1916 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Cox Eddie (c) presser h S Reid nr Robinson

In 1917, Ed Cox registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 3 November 1892 in Sampson County, N.C.; lived in Reid Street, Wilson; worked at a pressing club for W.T. Powell; and had a wife and one child.

In the 1920 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Eddie Cox, 27; wife Mattie, 27; and daughter Ebenezer Cox, 11.

On 15 March 1920, Jasper Robinson, 30, of Wilson, son of Edgar Robinson and Susanna [maiden name not known] married Ebenezar Pender, 20, of Wilson, daughter of James Dixon and Mattie D. Cox. E.H. Cox applied for the license, and Free Will Baptist minister H.Y. Dillard performed the ceremony on Reid Street, Wilson, in the presence of Willie Sanders, Demetrius Brain, and Mrs. J.B. Hargrove.

In the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Cox Edward H (c) propr Cox’s Pressing Club h 111 Carroll; also Cox Ebenezer (c) h 111 Carroll

In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Cox Edward H (c; Mattie) clnr and presser 531 E Nash  h 308 N Reid

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 308 North Reid, rented for $16/month, insurance agent Eddie Cox, 40; wife Mattie, 42; grandson Evergreen Robinson, 21, tobacco factory laborer; and lodgers Jasper, 28, meat market laborer, and James Robinson, 20, tobacco factory laborer.

Mattie Cox died 19 August 1933 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 6 May 1892 in Wilson County to Lovett Locus and Sidnie Locus; was married to Eddie Cox; and lived at 308 North Reid, Wilson.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 625 Green Street, owned and  valued at $2300, Rev. Eddie H. Cox, 49, minister, and wife Carrie H., 32, registered nurse.

Wilson Daily Times, 23 August 1947.

Eddie Harrison Cox died 30 April 1949 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 3 November 1891 in Wayne County, N.C., to Washington Cox and Julia Ann Evans; lived at 625 East Green Street; was a widower; and had worked as a minister. Lela Wright, 204 North East Street, was informant.

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