On This Day in UB History: July 10 (Emmett Cox)

Emmett and Shirley Cox and children.

Emmett and Shirley Cox and children.

Emmett D. Cox, 89, passed away July 10, 2015, just a few days before the US National Conference began.

Emmett Cox grew up in the Garnett UB church in Garnett, Kansas, and was converted in 1943. Shirley was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Betterly, who were serving the North Bruce UB church in Port Elgin, Ontario, when Shirley headed off to Huntington College. Emmett and Shirley met at HC and were married on August 14, 1948. They both graduated from Huntington College in 1951. Shirley had a degree in Education. Emmett went on to graduate from the HC seminary.

Emmett and Shirley were missionaries in Sierra Leone over a 20-year period beginning in 1957. During those years Emmett served as a high school principal, business manager, general superintendent, primary school secretary, and field secretary. Shirley also kept busy with various roles over the years, including matron of the Minnie Mull girls’ home and teacher at Centennial Secondary School.

In 1969, Emmett received a Masters in Missions from the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. That year, General Conference elected him to oversee our worldwide mission work as the denomination’s General Secretary of Missions. That ended in 1973, when General Conference decided to give that responsibility to Bishop Duane Reahm, the first person to hold the role which would become known as the “overseas bishop.”

Emmett and Shirley then pastored churches for the next 30 years.

  • 1976-1984: Victory UB church (Burbank, Calif.).
  • 1984-1985: First UB church (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.).
  • 1985-1992: Willshire UB church (Willshire, Ohio).
  • 1992-2003: Six Mile Church, a non-UB congregation in Bluffton, Ind.

In retirement, Emmett and Shirley also served short-term as volunteers in Myanmar. They had four children: son Douglas, daughters Diane and Darlene, and foster son Billy Simbo, from Sierra Leone.

  • Natasha Cassidy
    Posted at 09:13h, 11 July

    4 children: son Douglas, daughters Diane and Darlene, and foster son Billy.

  • Darlene J Cox Salway
    Posted at 12:09h, 13 July

    I was wondering if I could get a printed copy of this article? I would be willing to pay and stop by to get it. Thanks.

  • Larry and Kay Newman
    Posted at 22:57h, 14 July

    We absolutely loved Emmett and Shirley. How blessed we were to sit under Emmett’s ministry. He was the best Pastor we ever served under (also Pastor Hill). Larry and I are sitting here talking about all the fun times we had with both Shirley and Emmett One night he asked if I could go down to the Rescue Mission in LA to sing, and he was preaching. He asked me if I could drive because Shirley had their car. Okay, he was giving me directions where to turn, etc. All of a sudden, he say’s, turn left. So I do, only to see it was a one way street, and we were going the wrong way. I wanted to make a U-turn so at least we would be going the right way. Oh no, Emmett said, just keep driving. WHAT! Praise the Lord there were no Police around. I have lots more funny stories, but I will keep them to myself.

    God Bless.

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