Ned Preston Cox March 1, 1923 – April 25, 2017

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After many near misses in his long life, Ned Preston Cox, 94, finally went home to Heaven while surrounded by family on April 25, 2017 at Baylor Hospice in Carrollton, TX.

He was born on March 1, 1923 in Temple, TX to Andrew Jackson Cox and Preston Elby Taylor. On June 23, 1946 he married Margie Maybell Nelson, and together they raised their son Cary L. Cox and daughter Pam D. Betz. Ned worked as a rancher in Belton, TX for most of his life, and was proud of his beautiful cows. He was an active member of Cedar Hill Church of Christ, and a former preacher at Kerens Texas Church of Christ.

Ned was known for his lucky near bald head, and uncanny ability to avoid death (up until now), having survived a bull attack (on himself and his truck cab), an elk stampede that rolled his car, a mugging in Central Park while selling gold bond stamps, being trapped in a cave with a bear, a buzzard coming through his windshield (that then laid an egg in the back of his truck), several car wrecks, and his wife’s coffee brisket (which he always said would “stop his heart,” but never did).

He possessed an extraordinary curiosity about the shoe sizes of people of greater than average height, and is probably up in Heaven asking the angels about their big sandals right now.

His children and grandchildren will always remember his generosity, strength, and whimsical rendition of the “Chicken in the Bread Pan” song. He also did a good impression of a truck engine, “nudin, nudin, nudin!”

Ned will be remembered and missed by all his “baby angels” and “sugar men”: Cary Cox and fiancé Jeri Ziglar, Pam and Tom Betz; Holly, Jesse, Owen, Caroline, and Charlotte Burkholder; Christopher Cox; Summer and Rob McAlear; Matt and Ester Harrison; Christal, Doug, Izzy, and Bennett Foster.

The Funeral Service is 2:00 pm Friday, April 28, 2017 at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.

Interment is at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.