Veteran Kansas pastor Henry Cox dies

Rev. Henry W. Cox, 91, passed from this life to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 19, in Wichita, Kan.

Henry was born on May 24, 1925, in Wichita to Henry W. Cox Sr. and Agnes (Powers) Cox. He attended Indianola Grade School in Butler County, Kan. Henry graduated from Augusta High School, Augusta, Kan., in 1942. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Southwestern College, Winfield, Kan. Henry then attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

On Dec. 30, 1941, he married Lois Olsen and they raised five children: LeRoy; Annetta; John Henry; David; and Robert.

Rev. Cox served as a Southern Baptist pastor from 1947 until his retirement in 1990. He was often bivocational and worked in a variety of professions—farmer, cowboy, artist, substitute teacher, and child protective officer for the state of Arizona.

He enjoyed the outdoors, raising animals, fishing, hunting and more so he enjoyed ministering to people and serving the Lord. He pastored at:

  • Splitlog Baptist Church, Splitlog, Mo.
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  • Enterprise Baptist Church, Enterprise, Okla.
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  • First Baptist Church, Boynton, Okla.
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  • First Baptist Church, Douglass, Kan.
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  • Metropolitan Southern Baptist Church, Kansas City, Kan.
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  • Rancho Grande Southern Baptist Church, Casa Grande, Ariz.
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  • First Baptist Church, Ash Fork, Ariz.
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  • IXL Southern Baptist Church, Arkansas City, Kan.


He served a number of times as clerk for the South Central Association of Southern Baptists. He also served on the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists committee which secured the property for the Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

During his retirement, he resided near Augusta, Kan.

Henry is survived by his wife of 74 years, Lois Cox, Augusta, Kan.; and five children, LeRoy (Lometa) Cox, Northfield, Ill.; Annetta Cox of Gurnee, Ill.; John Henry (Cynthia) Cox of New York City, N.Y.; David (Carol) Cox of Ash Fork, Ariz.; and Robert Cox, Augusta, Kan.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many family members, friends, and church family.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Henry W. and Agnes Cox; his brother and sister-in-law Martin and Pat Cox, his sister Mary June Tresner; and his grandson Brian David Cox.

The funeral was held Saturday morning, July 23, at First Baptist Church, Douglass, Kan. His son, David, and Voyt Lynn, the church’s pastor, were the officiating ministers. Burial was in Douglass Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 647, Douglass, KS 67039-0647.

Dunsford Funeral Home, Augusta, was in charge of arrangements. Read the obituary