James Albert Cox of Dunwoody passed away March 11, 2020. Jim was born November 17, 1944 in Fort Devens, Massachusetts to Jim and Charlotte Cox. He grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and graduated from the Webb School in Knoxville and Vanderbilt University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a Masters in Metallurgy at Georgia Institute of Technology.

James Cox


Jim worked at Lockheed Martin in Atlanta, Southern Natural Gas Company in Birmingham, Colt Industries in Carrollton, and Colonial Pipeline Company in Atlanta. Colonial constructed and operates two lines of pipe from Houston to New Jersey. While at Colonial he served and had leadership roles for many years on committees of the Department of Transportation, the American Petroleum Institute, and the American Section of the International Association of Testing Materials. These organizations develop the specifications and standards for the construction, operations, maintenance, testing, repairs, and general safety of pipelines transporting petroleum products. He later consulted for Plantation Pipeline, which operates pipelines in the Southeast and is headquartered in Atlanta.

Jim served a number of years on the board of the Dunwoody Homeowners. He was an active member of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody, where for years he opened and closed the church before and after Sunday services. He took great pleasure in serving seven years as a leader of his son’s Boy Scout troop. He took his daughters on father-daughter campouts with the Girl Scouts, and he and a friend took their daughters and friends for a four-day campout at Cumberland Island every summer throughout the girls’ middle and high school years. He enjoyed fishing and hiking and once hiked across the Grand Canyon, rim to rim, and back in two days with friends.

Jim was a man of resolute integrity, beloved for his kind and gentle nature and unique sense of humor, and a wonderful family man. He is survived by his wife Candy, their son Greg and his wife Laura, daughter Alexis and her husband Alex Shipp, and daughter Cary and her husband Austin Cramer.

Because of the current health crisis, the family will hold a private memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made online by visiting //www.emory.edu/give and should reference “Lewy Body Dementia” under “Designations” on the form. Checks can also be made out to Emory University and sent to the attention of Courtney Harris at Emory Brain Health Center, 12 Executive Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. As long as the check or attached letter mentions “Lewy Body Dementia” or James A. Cox it will get to the right place. Please feel free to contact Courtney Harris with any questions.

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