A memorial service for Joe Boyce Cox, 71, of Seven Points, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs. Lee Francios will provide the service.
Joe was born Dec. 3, 1948, in Fort Campbell, Kentucky to the late Joseph Albert and Joanne (Clayton) Cox and passed away Nov. 18, 2019 in Seven Points.
He had a love of horses and rodeo. Joe attended New Mexico State University on a rodeo scholarship, earned riding bulls and bareback horses. Through college and into early adulthood he was a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. One of Joe’s notable rodeo accomplishments was winning the bareback riding at the Diamond Spur Rodeo in Spokane, Wash., in 1972.
Joe later went on to be a member of the National Cutting Horse Association and began training cutting horses. Over his many years of training and showing cutting horses, Joe received numerous awards and accolades. In 1985 he won the Sunbelt Futurity on Hickory Bardo. When the NCHA World Finals were held in Houston, Joe qualified for the Open 3 years in a row on Bob Acre Molly. One of those years he also tied the arena record with a 231. Joe also was a finalist in the one time Million Dollar Gold and Silver Cutting aboard a mare called SR Lady Tari.
Joe was Baptist by faith and will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jimmy Dale Cox and sister-in-law Debra Cox.
Left to cherish his memory, include his son Kyle Cox and his wife Heather of Lone Oak, grandson Jace Cox and brother Timothy Dale Cox as well as other family members and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Joe, can be made to the United Cutting Horse Association, Youth Fund, PO Box 695, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75483.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.