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Joseph Leonard Cox, Sr. Obituary

Joseph Leonard Cox, Sr. passed away Monday, August 29, 2016 at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital North in Oklahoma City, OK surrounded by his loving wife and family. “Leonard,” as he was known, obtained the age of 75.

Born March 9, 1941 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, his parents were Thomas Arthur Cox Sr. and Waunita “Dink” Kays Cox. He attended Fairfax High School and went on to college at Independence Community College and then to Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, where he earned a Bachelor, Master, and Specialist degrees. He later completed his doctoral work at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. 

Leonard and Bonnie Blattbyrd (Black) were married on March 8, 1968 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and shared 48 years of marriage before his passing. Their family included four children: Joseph Cox JR, Cecil Cox, Sonya Cox and Cheryl Potter.

Working as a Grant and proposal writer for the tribe, he also enjoyed spending time with Family and always had a Good Story to tell. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping in the R.V., playing guitar and was an active member of the Native American Church. He attended many cultural events and particularly enjoyed dancing. He was a tail dancer for many years and loved to hear the beat of the dance drums. His real joy was making people laugh and bringing joy to their lives through his stories and laughter.

Survivors other than his wife, Bonnie and children include 15 grandchildren: Lacy Cox, Catie Cox, Willow High, Aurora Cox, Mia Cox, Camille Cox, Valley Cox, Clara Cox, Secile Baughman, Sheyenne Reynae, Sierra Sky, Jessica Long, Heather Potter, Sarah Potter and John “Lyle” Potter. Numerous great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Thomas “Arthur” Cox, Jr. and two grandsons: Jesse Wayne Cox and Joseph Leonard Cox III.

His service is Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fairfax, OK under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Fairfax City Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Billy Cox, Jeff Lohah, John Lyle Potter, Jordan Cox, Bob Palmour, and Henry Ben Harrison. Honorary Bearers are Tristen Baughman and Taylor Baughman.
Online condolences and memories may be done at


Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home

Original Publish Date: 2016-08-31 00:00:00


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