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My Grandfather, Bill Cox

by Mary Kimball

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Bill and Joan Cox
Photograph 69: Bill and Joan Cox

"Watch this!" said grandpa.

With one flick of the wheel we started to skid across the deserted, icy parking lot. With calm precision he maneuvered the car out of the spin.

"That is what you do if you lose control of your car."

"Wow!" I exclaimed.

It was a terribly cold day. An ice storm had pounded the city the night before. The streets were dangerous at best. Only those who desperately needed to go out did. Here we were, getting bread and milk like it was any other day! Why? Because grandpa wanted to teach me how to drive on ice! He did a good job of it, too. Iíll never forget what he taught me that day, or any other day for that matter, and it is always fun.

From grandpa, all eight grandchildren have learned and are still learning the importance of hard work. It seems like he is always working.

As a boy he helped his dad out at the family grocery store. When he was 16 he worked at a service station. Later on he was the manager of a company Apco station. Then he became a partner with his father in a flour company. They would deliver Bakewell flour to Pizza Hut, other restaurants and grocery stores. Eventually he would own that business too. In the early '70s he started a used car dealership. It was called Christian Motor Company. It continued for about 27 or 28 years.

Grandpaís health has not been good for a long time. He has a tumor in his pituitary which affects the growth hormone, which affects everything in his body. It has not always been easy for him to keep on working, but he does. We have seen God use this difficulty to teach him many lessons in life.

It was about 1995 that God called Grandpa to preach and into music evangelism. It was soon clear that he could not be a full time evangelist and a car dealer at the same time.

After being in the used car business for nearly 30 years, he was called on to make a choice. Either give up singing and preaching the gospel, or give up the car lot. He decided the car lot would have to go. Grandpa knew what his priorities were.

Have I introduced my family yet? I'm. sorry. I suppose I'd better do that. My grandpaís name is William Keith Cox, but everybody calls him Bill. We grandchildren call him Papa Bill. We call our grandma, Grandma Joan. They have two children, Brenda and Anita. Brenda married Steve Moore. The Lord blessed them with two children, Tyler and Alexis, whom they adopted. Anita married JoEl Kimball, and the Lord has blessed them with six children. Mary (that's me), David, Daniel, Paul, James, and Joanna. Both Brenda and Anita homeschool. Brenda cleans houses, decorates cakes and is a ventriloquist. Anita cleans offices. When it comes to work it seems like Grandpa has taught them well.

One thing that I will always remember about Papa Bill and Grandma Joan is their wonderful Christian testimony.

 


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