William J. “Billy” Cox, 68, of Grangeville died Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., after a long battle with kidney failure.
Billy was born July 7, 1949, at Cottonwood, Idaho, the son of William and Bettie Utt Cox. They moved to Grangeville when Billy was in the 3rd grade and he graduated from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School before graduating from Grangeville High School in 1966. Following his graduation from high school he attended Boise State University for two years. He married Patty Simmons in 1969, they later divorced and remained close friends. He worked for Herb Brown at John Day Creek until the mid 1970's when he moved to Grangeville and started working for Union Warehouse as a field man. He purchased the Crossroads Restaurant in the early 1990's and retired in 2000. After retirement he worked as a shuttle driver for river rafters.
Billy was a member of the Grangeville Gun Club, the Grangeville Elks Lodge and was very proud of serving as Exalted Ruler in 1994. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was an avid football fan especially watching the Seattle Seahawks. He loved to watch his granddaughter play basketball and participate in rodeos.
He is survived by his son, Shawn and daughter-in-law, Kristi, of Middleton, Idaho; his mother, Bettie Cox, of Grangeville; his granddaughter and her husband, Brittany and Tim White, of Rome, Ore.; and his great-grandson, Kolton. He is also survived by his close friend, Patty Cox, of Middleton; and many cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his dad, William.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Denver Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Family suggests memorial contributions be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. Send condolences to the family at Blackmerfuneralhome.com
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