On August 16, 2010, Tim and Doug Miley lost their grandfather, Woodfield “Chuck” Cox, following a debilitating stroke. In remembrance of him, we decided to interview Tim about the memories and legacy his grandfather left behind.
Date of Birth: August 17, 1922 Date of Death: August 16, 2010
Bio: He was born, raised, and lived his entire life in Fellowsville, Preston County, WV (except during his stay the last few years in a nursing home). He was an only child and his father died when he was 12. He had to support himself and his mother during the depression, and post depression, era. Despite his modest life, he was able to marry (Eleanor Virginia Cox [11/23/1920-12/29/2005], wife of 64 years) and raise 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
What is your favorite memory of your Grandfather? There are so many fond memories. When I was a child, I would stay two weeks with my grandparents. During that time, my grandfather would take me with him on his deliveries of milk to the various grocery stores. I thought I was ‘big stuff’ to ride in the cab of a big truck with him.
What was the best piece of advice he ever gave you? If something seems too good to be true, it probably is; very few things in life come without some cost, just be careful what you are willing to pay for the decisions you make.
What do you think he will be remembered for the most? My grandfather’s legacy is shaped by the priorities he had in his life. First, he loved God with all his heart, soul, mind and the little strength he had left in his body before his death. He always had a Bible nearby and had probably read the Bible from cover to cover more times than anyone else I know. Second, he loved his family, starting with my grandmother, his wife of 64 years. Third, he loved his Church and was always performing tasks for it that often went unnoticed. Finally, his love and pride for the State of West Virginia. No matter where he was, my grandfather would not hesitate to approach a total stranger wearing WV clothing and begin having a conversation with them.
What quality about him influenced you the most? My grandfather always kept his mind sharp by keeping up with current events. He was always saving newspaper clippings for me to read so that he and I could have a discussion about the story or editorial. He and I enjoyed ‘talking politics’ (he was a life-long Republican and I am a life-long Democrat). Needless to say we had differences of opinions on a lot of issues but, his perspective on people and issues revealed to me how all of our life experiences shape our thoughts and attitudes. I will always appreciate my conversations with my grandfather and will greatly miss them.
Note: Tim would like to say thank you for the tremendous support he and his family received during the passing of his grandfather. He also wants to extend a special thank you to Rosewood Nursing & Rehab Center and their staff for the wonderful care they provided for his grandfather through all of this.