BASIL WILSON COX, JR.
B.W. was born October 19,1936 in Globe, Gila County, Arizona and died at age 86 on February 15, 2023 in a one vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 60 near Magdalena, New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Billie (Hunsaker) Cox and two sons: Len and Roland Cox.
He is survived by an uncle, a brother and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces who range in age from 91 years old to those in their early 20’s and in residences from Oregon and northern Utah through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Ohio.
B.W. lived a full life of being a ranch hand, a ranch manager, and a ranch owner. As he experienced each of these levels of ranching, he was always “pushing the envelope” to make the necessary decisions and to do the related jobs in the most efficient and resource saving and renewing way possible. He strived to accomplish all of this while causing the least amount of damage to the soil and pain or suffering to the plants and animals. B.W. also experienced a few enlightening years as a Bank Office in Belen, New Mexico. He was a graduate of Globe High School in Globe, Arizona and of Nature’s schools of hard knocks.
He loved his extended family. I remember stories told with delight by many of the nieces and nephews and some of the younger cousins, of vacations spent on ranches in Arizona and New Mexico under the mentorship of B.W. and Billie. They told stories of the many lessons learned in caring for others and for Nature and about their own self-worth. He was a loving husband and a kind but firm father.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 25 March, 2023 at 1:00 pm in the “Chapel of the Living Waters” at the old campgrounds on the Montosa Ranch, Magdalena, New Mexico. Friends are encouraged to, in lieu of flowers etc., make donations to Saint Jude’s Childrens Hospital.
Loving brother, sister-in-law, Sue Cox, and friends.