Patsy Cox

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PATSY SUE BONE COX October 28, 1941 – January 2, 2023 Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Patsy Sue Bone Cox passed at the age of 81 into eternal life on January 2, 2023, with her family at her bedside. Patsy was born to Martin Luther Bone, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Owens Bone on October 28, 1941, in Tracy City, Tennessee. Patsy is preceded in death by her parents and siblings Mary Eva Bone, Charles Wesley Bone, Bobby Bone, Martin Luther Bone, Jr., and Ruth Ellen Keel, and an unnamed infant brother. Patsy is survived by her husband of 22 years, Stephen Wayne Cox, three daughters, Susan Lisko and husband Frankie of Slovak, Arkansas, Karen McKinney and husband Kevin of Little Rock, Arkansas, Debi White and husband Steve of Huntersville, North Carolina, two bonus-daughters, Tammy Smartt and husband James of Monteagle, Tennessee, Jennifer O’Neal and husband Mike of Pelham, Tennessee. Patsy was also blessed with 10 grandchildren, Josh Lisko and wife Jill, Paige Weaver and husband Wade, Jacob Lisko and fiancée Anna Hamilton, Taylor McKinney and fiancée Tyler Compton, Bailey McKinney, Matthew White, Connor White, Libby White, Joseph White, Anna White; 6 bonus-grandchildren, Holly McBee and husband John, Melissa Smartt, Laura Williams and husband Michael, Alli O’Neal, MaKayla O’Neal, and Layton O’Neal; 5 great-grandchildren, Ethan Lisko, Peyton Lisko, Addie Weaver, Charlotte Weaver, and Arlie Lisko; 4 bonus-great-grandchildren, Brantley McBee, Zane McBee, Colt Williams, and Case Williams; and her devoted sister, Janice Ogelvie and husband Milton, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and her dearest friend Faye Ricketts. Patsy worked a variety of jobs over the years, from working as a waitress at the Claramont and Sewanee Inn, to becoming a teacher’s aide in Ripley, Tennessee, to finally finding her true calling as a social worker for Arkansas and Tennessee where she worked with the foster care system and trained many families. After her retirement from Tennessee's DHS, she worked part-time at the University of the South's Fowler Center for several years. Patsy was a member of Saint James Episcopal Church where she was on the altar guild, a chalice bearer, and many positions over the years. Patsy loved to make wildflower arrangements and was known to stop along the side of the road to pick wildflowers on a whim. Patsy enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, working the Crypto Quote, arts and crafts, walking, and spending time with her sister, Jan and dearest friend, Faye. But she enjoyed nothing more than being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In her own words, she was “the luckiest woman in the world” to have such a big, loving family—who in turn were equally blessed to have her. The Funeral Service will be held 11 A.M. Saturday, January 7, 2023 at St. James Episcopal Church, 898 Midway Road, Sewanee, Tennessee with Rev. David T. Goodpaster officiating and joining him, Bro. Jason Rice. Burial will follow at Monteagle Cemetery. A visitation with the family will be held Friday, at Cumberland Funeral Home in Monteagle, Tennessee from 5-8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Memory of Patsy Cox to St. James Episcopal Church for the Midway/St. James Community Playground, PO Box 336, Sewanee, TN 37375. Additionally, donations are welcomed in her memory to Monteagle First Baptist Church, PO Box 574, Monteagle, TN 37356. Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at Arrangements by Cumberland Funeral Home, 207 Mabee Avenue, Monteagle, TN 37356.