COX, FRANK TERRY (1920 ~ 2000). Growing up in Texas, Frank Cox attended schools in Fort Worth, Stockdale and Austin. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Corpus Christi, now known as Texas A & M Corpus Christi, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1950. Once he received his diploma, Cox taught around the state in public schools while ministering to various rural churches. He was ordained in 1949 by Marcelina Baptist Church in Wilson County.
Cox served in World War II with the Naval Air Services as a utility pilot, air traffic controller, and aircraft maintenance supervisor in the Pacific Theater from September 1942 to December 1945. While in the service, Cox received numerous awards and medals including the Philippine Liberation Medal. In the Pacific, Cox participated in the reacquisition of Ulithi, Eniwetak, Kawajaline, the Philippines, and Japan and served as a member of the first damage survey team in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Before and after the war, Cox held a consulting position with the Air Force in Roswell, New Mexico.
In 1961, Cox joined the Governor's Division of Disaster Emergency Services, where he worked as a Communications Officer, Plans and Operations Officer, Resource Planning Officer and Deputy State Coordinator. In 1978, he became the State Coordinator of the agency.
In 1971, Cox's experiences earned him a nomination, by Governor Preston Smith, and Senate approval as a member of the Texas Civil Air Patrol Board. Governor Dolph Briscoe re-appointed Cox to the Commission in 1978. In 1980, Governor William P. Clements, Jr., appointed Cox to the Texas Surplus Property Board.
Frank T. Cox passed away on December 20, 2000, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
Information taken from family members and obituary from the Austin American-Statesman, page B4, Thursday, December 21, 2000.