Longtime political activist dies at 77

Published 5:49 pm Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Political activist Alice Cox died at her home Saturday after a battle with cancer.

Cox, 77, died of poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma that had settled in her lungs and hips. She was diagnosed on June 6.

Glynda Cox, her daughter, said Alice Cox was surrounded by family when she died at about 4:30 p.m.

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Alice Cox had influenced politics for more than 35 years locally and statewide by campaigning and supporting candidates she thought were worthy. She began her political influence when she and her husband Glynn Cox recruited supporters state-wide in 1975 and lobbied for Mississippi to become a two party state. In 1980, the couple won the battle when the Republican Party was added to the primary election.

The couple then helped incorporate Gautier. Glynn Cox, who was to serve on the first City Council, died before being sworn into office.

Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at O’Bryant-O’Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula.

The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Memory Chapel in Laurel with another visitation before the service from 1 to 3 p.m.