Maurice Cox, 92, of Metropolis, passed away at 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 at his home.
Maurice was born on June 6, 1926 in Alton and raised in Renshaw. He moved to Chicago at 15 and graduated Lane Tech Technical Institute, where after he held multiple jobs.
Maurice later joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 as a driver of the troop transport ship the USS Pitt in the Pacific, after which he was aboard the Destroyer USS Warrington in the Atlantic. He was injured and was in the military hospital in Pensacola, Florida until his honorable discharge on July 29, 1946.
He became a machinist for screw companies and was revered all over the country and sought after by many companies. He retired in 1973 with a major back injury.
For many years, he played music at the Old Hayloft Tavern in Chicago.
Survivors include his children, Roger Cox and wife Valerie of Carbondale, Irlys Lorkiewicz-Haack and husband David of Romeoville and Maurice Cox of Grantsburg; his grandchildren, Michael Lorkiewicz and wife Rebecca of Lockport, Jessica Hansen of Oscoda, Michigan, Lance Lorkiewicz and wife Amanda of Romeoville, Maurice Cox III of Riverside, David Cox and wife Samantha of Nashville, Tennessee, Stephanie Alessi and husband Robert of Chicago, Thelma Cox of DuQuoin and Maggie Kelley and husband Ryan of Aviano, Italy; great-grandchildren, Thomas, Grace and Farrah Lorkiewicz, Noah Sepulveda, Emma Jennings, Alice Kelley, Ellison Cox and Lilyanna Alessi; one sister, Dorothy Cox of Winston Salem, North Carolina; one nephew, Herman Privett and wife Sharon of Steele, Missouri; one ex son-in-law, Michael Lorkiewicz; a good friend, George Denos; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Della Clark Cox; his wife of 58 years, Lena Mae Mullins Cox; and four siblings, Virgil, Bernice, Raymond and James Cox.
Visitation was held Saturday at Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home in Metropolis.
Burial followed at Metropolis Memorial Gardens with military rites conducted. Pallbearers were Mike Lorklewicz, Lance Lorkiewicz, David Cox and Mike Lorkiewicz Sr.
Memorials may be made in Maurice’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.