James Oliver Cox, III
Jim “Jimmy” Cox (James Oliver Cox III) passed away at his residence in Pasadena, CA, on January 26, 2021. Jim will be laid to rest in a graveside service at 11 AM on Friday, February 5, 2021, at Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg, MS, with Marcus Robinson, Jim’s nephew, officiating.
James Oliver Cox, III, was born November 30, 1934, in Hattiesburg, MS, to James Oliver Cox, Jr. and Mildred Ruth Carley Cox. He was married on June 8, 1956, in Hattiesburg, MS, to R. Faye Jones, daughter of Dickie (Richard) Jones and Ruby Thomas Jones.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Martha Elaine Cox, and Faye, his wife and companion of 63 years.
Jim is survived by his sisters Lily Haughton of Seneca, SC; and Carla Cox of Wiggins, MS; uncle Bobby (Robert) Cox of Houston, TX; cousin Jim Cox of Blue Ridge, GA; and his sons Greg (Shauna) of Dunwoody, GA; and Scott (Debbie) of La Cañada-Flintridge, CA; eight grandchildren: Ryan (Joy) of Springville, UT; Jason (Elise) of Queen Creek, AZ; Britney of Holladay, UT; Brandon (Sarah) of Peachtree Corners, GA; Travis of Peachtree Corners, GA; Danielle of Dunwoody, GA; Lauren of Santa Monica, CA; and Devyn of La Cañada-Flintridge, CA. Additionally, Jim is survived by 11 great grandchildren.
Jim spent his childhood in Hattiesburg and Brandon, MS, where his grandfather James Oliver Cox, Sr. founded and operated Sallis Lumber Co.
Jim graduated in 1956 from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity and played on the USM tennis team. Jim went on to obtain his graduate degree in Business Administration from NYU.
He served in the Army National Guard in both Mississippi and New York.
He moved to Brooklyn, NYC, with his bride in 1956 following graduation and commenced work as an investment banker at Bache & Co. on Wall Street in Manhattan, then the second largest brokerage house in the United States. His work took him to Pacific Palisades, California, in 1959, where he worked until 1963. He then returned to Manhattan, NYC, continuing his work at Bache & Co. He and Faye bought their first home in Staten Island, NYC, staying there until 1971. He and his family then returned to California, moving to La Cañada-Flintridge, where he worked for Sutro & Co for approximately 10 years.
He later established Sallis Securities based in Beverly Hills, CA, in 1984 and operated Sallis until the time of his retirement. His employment afforded travel opportunities abroad with his wife Faye, visiting such destinations as Paris, Macao, Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, Japan and China as well as jetting on the Concorde, hot air ballooning and helicoptering.
Jim was quite active playing tennis and golf, as well as enjoying trips to Mexico to pursue his love of bass fishing, often with his wife and children. He particularly enjoyed a fishing trip to Alaska with his son, Scott. He also enjoyed reading, hunting, tying flies for fishing, playing cards and beating the family at pool and ping pong, as well as sampling the best dim sum and other fine food in Los Angeles.
In retirement Jim and Faye moved to Glendora, CA, where they remained until finally moving to Pasadena Highlands, an assisted living community in Pasadena, CA. Faye passed away July 3, 2019, and Jim passed on January 26, 2021. He loved his family and leaves behind a legacy of being fair, consistent, generous, and helpful in times of need. He is loved by his surviving family and will be missed tremendously. Somewhere up there, there is a lake where the bugle mouths are blowing – may you and Faye catch your limit.