Franklin R. Cox

April 16, 1952 ~ March 22, 2021 (age 68)


Franklin R. Cox

April 16, 1952 to March 22, 2021


Franklin Russell Cox (Rusty), (68), went to heaven on 3/22/2021 from his home in Warrenton, GA. He was a devoted, loving husband to Rebecca Truax Cox (Beckie) with whom he shared twenty-nine grateful years.

Born in Atlanta, GA. He attended Avondale High School in DeKalb County, Georgia and then went on to be certified in HVAC at Gwinnett Technical College and became the best darn Heating and Air Man this side of the Mississippi! He had been employed at World of Colors in Evans, Ga and at Southern Mechanical Inc., Augusta, Ga.

Rusty was an active member of multiple NA and AA groups during his later life where he shared strength and hope. Rusty was an animal lover, traveler, hunter, explorer, story teller, canoeist, “one paddle twice the paddler;” and amateur archeologist in his own backyard. His insatiable craving for knowledge and caring for people kept him grounded. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and sharp wit. He was a member of Thomson Presbyterian Church. He struggled with his demons, yet found peace in his Savior Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his father Franklin L. Cox; his brothers David L. Cox (Mindy), and Ralston Cox; his wife Rebecca T. Cox; his children Jason L. Rowell, Jennifer L. Moore (Charles), and Charles F. Cox (Rachel); his grandchildren Phoenix and Liam Rowell; William, Georgianna, and Charlotte Grace Moore; and Lily R. Cox due in July; his cat Ricky; his dogs Ellie, which he called Ellsworth for fun, and Dallas. Predeceased by his mother Mary Grace Johnson Cox.

The riverside memorial service will be held outdoors at 2:30 on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 4405 Ogeechee River Road, Warrenton, GA. We will be spreading Rusty’s ashes into the Ogeechee River which he loved to fish, paddle and sit beside and dream. Prior to spreading the ashes, we would appreciate for relatives and friends to share the wonderful stories of Rusty and his friends because the memories will keep him alive in all of our hearts.

Memorial Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Freedom Through Recovery in Statesboro, GA via the Donation portal on or via sending a check to Freedom Through Recovery at, 204 S. Main St. Statesboro, GA 30458. If you have any questions, you can contact them directly at 912-764-8283.

Freedom Through Recovery’s Mission: The Susan Ford Recovery Community Organization mission is to mobilize resources within the recovery community of Statesboro and surrounding areas to establish, promote, and support quality long-term recovery though public education, advocacy, and peer-based recovery support services.

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