May 14, 2009
Arkansas Swimming morns the loss of one of our own:
Captain Aaron David Cox of the United States Marine Corps, died May 5 in San Diego, California. He was born December 7, 1982, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jeanie Brown and Randy Cox. Capt. Cox was on a training flight when his Super Cobra, carrying live ordinance, crashed over the San Diego County highlands. At the time of the accident, Capt. Cox and another pilot, Capt. Jessica S. Conkling of Patton Township, Pennsylvania, who also died, were training for an upcoming deployment.
Capt. Cox was a 2001 graduate of Little Rock Central High School and a 2005 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. His personal decorations include the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. While at Little Rock Central High, Aaron was a member of the cross-country track team, the all-state swim team, and the Little Rock Lasers swim team. He was an enthusiastic participant in the youth group at St. James United Methodist Church, and reveled in the time he spent at Aviation Challenge in Huntsville, Alabama, during the summers.
Aaron is survived by his parents, his sister, Miriam Cox, his maternal grandmother, Velma Cormier Brown, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving Aaron are the friends he collected throughout his life. Wherever he went, Aaron met people with an easy smile and an open heart. He will be remembered for the kindness, honesty, loyalty and devotion he gave freely and consistently to his family, friends and country, and for a wisdom beyond his years. In addition, The Cox family would like to recognize Erica and Tom Kelly, and their children, of Annapolis, Maryland, for sponsoring and loving Aaron during his years at the U. S. Naval Academy and beyond.
Funeral services will be held at St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas, at 11 am, Monday, May 18. As all who loved him knew, Aaron took people exactly how they were, exactly where they were. Shortly before his death, Aaron casually mentioned to a friend that he hoped no one would feel obligated to wear a tie at his funeral. So in honor of Aaron’s wishes, the family invites you to “come as you are? to St. James on Monday, to celebrate a loving young man who approached an uncertain world, and the people in it, with an unerring sense of dignity, confidence and grace.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Aaron Cox Memorial Scholarship Fund (to benefit Little Rock Central High School), c/o Arkansas Community Foundation, 1400 West Markham, Suite 206, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201, or The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, www.nchv.org.
Please visit his Caring Bridge page at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/aarondcox