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Troy Cox

Troy Arvin Cox, 81, of Tucson, Arizona, who served honorably in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Tucson. Troy was born May 20, 1938, in Spruce Pine, to Troy Avery Cox and Nora Lillian Duncan Cox. He was a graduate of Harris High School.

Troy trained and graduated from the 82nd Airborne Division in 1956. He received the Meritorious Service Award from President Nixon in 1972 and numerous other awards and ribbons for his excellent service in the Army. 

He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in the United States Army 1st Calvary Division. He served two tours in Vietnam and one tour in the Persian Gulf. He worked for the Civil Service CECOM, overseeing satellite communications systems in Europe and the Middle East.

Troy was preceded in death by his former wife, Glenda Fern Allen Cox; his brothers, Bobby and Cecil Cox; his sister, Catharine Cox; and his parents.

He is survived by his current wife, Monika Cox, of Frankfurt, Germany; daughters, Amanda Gail Cox-Lucas (Richard), of Greensboro; Celia Lynn Medrano (Tony), of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; a son, Matthew Brian Cox, of Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Ben Waldron, of Portland, Oregon, Summer Waldron, of Seattle, Washington, Nicholas Waldron, of Littleton, Colorado, and Sarah C. Lucas, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

A funeral will take place at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Memorials may be made in his honor to Club Nova Community, 103-D W. Main St., Carrboro, NC 27510, or online at

Mitchell News-Journal • May 6, 2020