Larry Ronald Cox was born on December 11, 1962 to Mary and the late James Cox at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL. However, he did not come into this world alone as his fraternal twin brother Harry tagged along for the ride. These brothers were born just minutes apart from each other and share an eternal bond that no man can break. The early years of Larry’s life were like your typical child, yet he had a notable shy and quiet demeanor. However, as he became older his athletic ability began to blossom. Larry became well known around town for his basketball skills and if you wanted to see them on full display all you needed to do was to stroll over to Mason Park or the Foster Center on Saturday’s to catch a glimpse of him in flight.
As far as his education, Larry attended Lincolnwood Elementary School, Haven Middle School, and he graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1979.
Regarding employment, Larry took a page out of his father’s book and worked for the City of Evanston as a laborer for a period of time. After his time with the city concluded he flexed his entrepreneurial skills and developed his own landscaping business. In addition to these occupations Larry was the Cox family’s resident plumber, electrician, a spectacular painter, handyman and whatever other man we needed him to be.
During his lifespan Larry was a man of few words but he had a keen interest in the game of chess that illuminated his personality. It was his avid love of chess that pushed him out of his comfort zone, and he began to refer to himself as “The Champ”. Larry became a student of the game and as a result the victories began to rack up against his siblings, friends, neighbors and whoever else wanted to get an “L”.
Larry leaves behind his siblings, Loretha (Joseph), James Jr. (Glenda), Mamie, Henrietta, Joseph, Sheila, Timothy, and Harry as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins who reflect on his life to celebrate and take joy in the precious memories that we have been left to cherish!
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director