Naomi N. Cox

Published 7:04 am Thursday, May 16, 2019

Naomi Nelson (Nell) Cox, 93, of Engelhard, died May 12, 2019 at Peak Resources Health Care and Rehabilitation at Nags Head after a lengthy illness.

Born in Fairfield on July 25, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Richard Nelson and Jenny Cutrell Camp. She was married to Joseph W. Cox who preceded her in death. She was a member and elder in the former Middletown Christian Church and following the fire that destroyed the church building in 1999, she became a member of the Engelhard Christian Church where she served as an elder. She was a very active person in community affairs in the Village of Middletown.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 18 in the Engelhard Christian Church. Pastor Andy Edge and Steve Bryan will officiate and a private burial will be in the Middletown Christian Church Cemetery.

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Surviving are sons Richard M. Cox and wife Dee of Kill Devil Hills and Joe Redden Cox and wife Joan of Gull Rock; sisters Hope Dough and husband Allen of Manteo and Kathryn Spencer of Manteo; grandchildren Richard Michael Cox of Elizabeth City, Mary Beth Cera of Dover, Deleware , Heather C. Etheridge of Manteo and Lori Patch of Shiloh, New Jersey; and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by granddaughter Heidi Cox; brother Vernon Barrington and sisters Carolyn Cutrell and Selma Watson.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Engelhard Christian Church, Engelhard, NC 27824. The family will receive friends at the church following the memorial service on Saturday.

Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter and online sympathy messages may be directed to