Clifford E. Cox Jr. was born to the late Clifford E. Sr. and Beulah M. Lynn-Cox on April 28, 1942. He was the 1st boy of 3 brothers and 1 sister born to the Cox(s). Clifford spent his early childhood years on the west side of Chicago, Illinois. In the early 1950s, the Cox family moved to Zion, Illinois, where Clifford spent the rest of childhood roughhousing and playing cowboys and Indians with his siblings at their Zion home.
Clifford received his formal education in Zion, Illinois, where she graduated from Zion Benton Township High School, Class of 1960. He was a leader in wrestling and lettered all four years. Education played a significant role in Clifford’s life. So, Clifford stepped into his future as a student at the University of Chicago, IL. He graduated in Social Science in 1964. Clifford was the captain of the wrestling team, lettered every year, and from 1962-1964, he was selected to the NCAA Division I and II wrestling championship. Though having a busy life, Clifford found time to meet the love of his life. On the campus of U of C, he met Scenobia (Butler). 1964 was a big year.
Clifford and Scenobia were married, and Clifford received the prestigious Stagg Medal, which is given annually to the senior male athlete with the best all-around athletics, scholarship, and character. After college graduation, Clifford stepped up to become a wrestling coach at U of C and set forth to build the maroon wrestling squad and program. During the same time, Clifford continued his education at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, obtaining a Master's in Business Administration in 1966. During his time in the master’s program, Cliff and Scenobia began the addition of children to their family with their first son Clifford III.
In 1968 Clifford took a position with IBM Global Business Service as the Senior System Engineer, which supported the illustration of computer systems in the retail industry. Clifford became a dad again with a second son Frederick (Salim). Please keep the family in your prayers.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director
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