Shirley Cox

Shirley Jean Cox (Hochstetler)

Tuesday, January 6th, 1953 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Shirley Jean Hochstetler Cox died at 1:30 am on April 21, 2020 at the age of 67 from complications of a 6-year battle with cancer.
She was born on January 6th, 1953 to Jesse and Wilma Hochstetler of Nappanee, Indiana and lived the majority of her life here in Transylvania County.
In 1975, Shirley graduated from Messiah College in Pennsylvania and then married the love of her life. She and Jim lived the Navy life for a number of years, then moved to North Carolina in 1982. Working with children was her passion which led her to work with “A Child’s World” for many years, after which she volunteered with Smart Start and poured her heart into the children and staff at the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County. She was a long-term member of Zion Baptist Church where she also played the piano. She lived her life loving and serving others, and was happiest when she was able to make anyone’s day a little better.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her firstborn Eric Cox who died at birth, and several other friends and family members.
She is survived by so many including her loving husband of 45 years, Jim Cox and her daughter, Rebecca Cox as well as 5 siblings and their families; Paul Hochstetler and his husband Randy Colburn, Esther Burdette and her three children and their families, Lamar Hochstetler and his wife LeAnn along with their two children and their families, Wayne Hochstetler and his wife Marilyn and their three children and families, and Darrel Hochstetler and his wife Dianne and their 4 children and their families. She is also survived by her aunt Inez in Nappanee, IN. Many more who continue to carry on Shirley’s memory are not listed, but they are not forgotten. She will be missed beyond measure.
A private burial service will take place on April 23, 2020 and a memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate and commemorate her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County at Shirley’s request.
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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.
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    Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory
    994 Hendersonville Hwy.
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    Due to the Covid-19 restrictions services are private.
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    Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory
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Laura Deyman

Posted at 08:10pm
Anyone who knew Shirley was blessed. She was such a genuine person. Her smile lit up the room. When she spoke of her family you could see in her face and hear in her voice how much love she had for them.
Her faith never waived no matter how difficult her struggle was.
To so many children she was Miss Shirley a caregiver, teacher and friend.
Whenever she had a new recipe or learned a new craft she would delight in sharing it.
The love and support that Shirley gave to my daughter and the friendship she extended to us will never be forgotten.
Her memory will always be with us.
Our love, sympathy and prayers go out to Jim, Rebecca and to all of her family.
Laura, Richard and Iris Deyman
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Parker Platt

Posted at 11:44am
I don't think about the Boys and Girls club without thinking of Shirley. The Club wouldn't be what it is today without the years of effort and care that she provided. This world is a much better place as a result of the quite care and guidance that she provided to so many kids. She is missed and my heart goes out to everyone who has been touched by her.

Mellissa Howell

Posted at 08:14pm
The Howell family remembers you fondly Miss Sherley! You were such an influence on my two boys!

Retta Byers

Posted at 10:23am
I first met Shirley when I came to work for the Boys and Girls Club. I immediately fell in love with her kindness and love for everyone she met. Shirley was a blessing to everyone she met and I count myself fortunate to have known and been loved by her. To Jim and Rebecca, know I will pray for peace and comfort to surround you both.
Sincerely Retta Byers

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