Funeral Services for Phyllis Lou Cox of Elsberry, MO will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Elsberry United Methodist Church. Rev. Paul Garven, retired church pastor, and Rev. Floyd Gudde, church pastor, will officiate with burial in Millcreek Cemetery near Silex, MO. Serving as pallbearers will be Tom Seager, Niles Leverington, Rob Guinness, Patrick Guinness, Cyril Heintzelman and Eric Lowe. Honorary pallbearers will be Benton Guinness, Daniel Guinness, Dave Davis, Karen Lamb, Shirley Oliver, Brent “Doc” Wilson, Steve Gray and Susan Oliver.
Mrs. Cox, 84, passed away Sunday morning, December 2, 2018 at her home in Elsberry. Born March 28, 1934 in St. Charles, MO, she was the daughter of Phillip Carlton and Aldulia Minerva Baker Chamberlain. Phyllis was a graduate of the Elsberry R-2 School District and Gradwohl School of Medical Technology in St. Louis, MO. She was united in marriage on March 31, 1961 in St. Charles to O.B. Cox. This union was blessed with one son, Craig. Phyllis was employed as a Medical Technologist and Lab Manager at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, IL, retiring in 1996. A love for the Elsberry Community, Phyllis was a member of the Study Club, Jessie Black Club, EMMA and the Feed ‘Em, Teach ‘Em Love ‘Em Ministry. Phyllis served on the Joseph R. Palmer Family Memorial Library Board and continued to volunteer there for many years.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Aldulia Chamberlain; and her beloved husband of 42 years, O.B. Cox, who died July 21, 2003.
Survivors include her son, Craig Cox of Sikeston, MO; and her brother, Lindell Chamberlain of Elsberry. Phyllis also leaves her niece, Andrea Davis and her husband, David, of Elsberry; her great-niece, Amy Lowe and her husband, Eric, and their children: Emily and Matthew, all of Elsberry; other relatives and many, many friends and a community who loved her dearly.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Funeral Services at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Elsberry United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Joseph R. Palmer Family Memorial Library in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home, 107 S. 5th Street; Elsberry, MO 63343.