Shirley Cox

Mrs. Shirley Cox of Hickory, N.C., passed away peacefully January 24, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center, due to complications from pneumonia.

She was born June 4, 1927, to Lila Brownell and George Sanford in Gloversville, N.Y.

Shirley graduated from Becker Jr. College and worked in New York City before returning to Gloversville.

Shirley married Howard (Chick) Cox April 17, 1960, and he predeceased her in 1981. Shirley moved to Hickory, N.C. to be closer to her immediate family.

She is survived by her only son, Peter (Pete) Cox, and daughter-in-law, Donna Cox, both of Hickory; and her grandchildren, Samantha Cox of Hickory, Andrew Cox of Charlotte, Rachael Cox of Hickory, and Garrett Cox of Hickory.

Shirley also has two great-grandchildren, Hope Cox and Atticus Sanchez, both of Hickory.

Shirley has extended family members in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New York.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family in Hickory, N.C. There will be a service in the spring at Gloversville, N.Y. And burial at Broadalbin, N.Y. Cemetery at the family plot.

This date will be announced.

Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or Foothills United Methodist Church United Methodist Women in Gloversville, N.Y.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Shirley Cox.