Death Notices

Elmo M. Cox
January 3, 1947 – October 4, 2022

coxElmo Merrell Cox, born January 3, 1947, died on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was treated for lung cancer.

Elmo was born in Ruston, Louisiana, and grew up in Jonesboro, where he graduated from Jonesboro High School. Later he attended Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, where he played on the basketball team and was active in Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Upon graduation from Centenary, Elmo entered the United States Army and fought courageously in Vietnam as a Lieutenant in the infantry. He then married the love of his life, Valerie Marsalis Cox, and they shared a love of golf and the fellowship of friends and family. After leaving the Army, Elmo and Valerie settled in Lafayette, Louisiana where they both began successful careers and shared in the joy of watching their son Kris grow up, graduate from Episcopal School of Acadiana and play on the golf team at Oklahoma State University.

Professionally, Elmo spent the majority of his career as a financial adviser. First as a producer for EF Hutton, and finally as a branch manager in both Lafayette and San Antonio for Smith Barney.

Outside of work, people could always find Elmo quick with a joke while walking the fairways at Oakbourne Country Club, and eagerly (and anxiously) attending Kris’ sporting events.

Elmo will always be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, an attentive grandfather, and a loyal friend.

He is survived by his son, Kristopher Scott Cox and wife, Beth of Allen, TX; grandchildren, Emerson, Peyton, and Logan Cox; sister and brother-in-law Sybil and Woody McDonald, and God children Meredith Duncan and Valerie Kimbrough.

We will be celebrating the life of Elmo in a private graveside service in Lafayette, Louisiana on Monday, October 17, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made in Elmo’s memory to The First Tee of Louisiana or the endowment fund established for scholar athletes in memory of Valerie Cox at the Episcopal School of Acadiana.

Margaret Smith
September 23, 1939 – October 09, 2022

smithMargaret Lynnette (Braswell) Smith “Lynn”, age 83 of Chatham, made her appointment to meet her Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 9, 2022. Lynn was an LSU fan and enjoyed watching their games to root them on. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend that will be truly missed by all the loved and knew her.

Those left to cherish her memory is her husband, Jewel Lavelle Smith; children, Leslie Mathews, Melonie Williamson, Michael Ray Smith; grandchildren, Nick Calderon, GG Calderon, Krystal Mallory Bougues, Matthew Williamson, Peyton Gunner Smith; brother, Tommy Braswell. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Dwaine and Margaret Ernestine (Sedberry) Braswell.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Hodge Assembly of God from 10:30AM until time of service. Funeral services are set for 1:00PM with Bro. Geary Phillips and Bro. Lance Huckaby officiating. Burial will take place at Mount Tabor Church Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Eric Bougues, Parker McKnight, David Smith, Mike Walsworth, Allen Martin, Gill Teekell.


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