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William Will N. Cox

September 13, 1928 ~ April 30, 2011

William "Will" Nolan Cox, a strong 82 years old, made his transition into heaven on April 30, 2011. He died at his home in Ragley, LA, peacefully in his sleep, of natural causes. Will was a lifelong resident of Lake Charles. In his later years he retired to land that he dearly loved located in Ragley.


He was born on September 13, 1928, in Lake Charles, LA, the son of his late parents Cilton Paul and Yolande Cox. Will was one of eight children; Cilton Paul Cox, Jr. (deceased), Eva Cox Stepan, Sara Cox Chapman, Louise Cox Arens, Marie Cox, Eugene Cox, and James "Jimmy" Cox. For most of his adult life, Will was married to Elaine Hanchey Cox of DeRidder. They had eight children together. Will is survived by his eight adult children; Katina Cox Pontikes (Monty McDannald); Tony Cox (Evelyn Cox deceased); Damian Cox; Liane Cox Phillips (Marty Phillips); Kathryn Cox; Linda Cox; Paula Cox; Michael Cox (Brandi Reed-Cox). He is also survived by a host of grandchildren; Nicholas Pontikes, Dominique Cox, Connor and Callie Phillips, Emily and Adam Pellerin, Gavin Cox, and Bryce and Bruks Reed.


In his youth, Will served with the U.S. Navy. Thereafter, he attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles and later graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After graduating from college, Will worked first in Lake Charles City government and later in the insurance industry. When Will was 40 years old, ever the one to do things his own way, he entered law school with seven children, and he and Elaine had their eighth child before Will graduated. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola School of Law in New Orleans. After Law School, Will moved his family to Lake Charles and began practicing law with his younger brother Jimmy.


Will Cox was a man with a boundless heart. He had a blind eye to color. During periods of profound social unrest and racial disharmony in the south, Will always fully supported the civil rights of African Americans. Throughout his life, he moved in circles and had friends without limitations to race or social status.

Will Cox, beloved by so many, helped countless people during his lifetime. He loved people. People loved him. His generosity of spirit will never be forgotten.

His Funeral Mass will be, Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 1:00 PM, in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Reverend Keith Pellerin will officiate. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be, Monday, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, with a Rosary at 6:00 PM, and continue from 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM, Tuesday, in the funeral home.


Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Bob Granger, Andy McGlathery, Sam Homsi, Nick Pontikes, Connor Phillips, Adam Pellerin, Craig Comeaux, and Sean Jacques. Honorary pallbearers are Gavin Cox, Bryce and Bruks Reed.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic Charities or the Salvation Army.

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  1. A kind and generous mann has passed from this earth to his reward. When I was a young lawyer, Will was among the most welcoming and generous of the old lions of the profession. He will be missed for more reasons than I will ever be able to express.

  2. Condolences to the Cox Family, I only met Will a few months ago, but was lucky enough to spend lunch and some time with him driving his corvette a couple of weeks ago. The stories and company were great. He will be missed. John McIntyre- Avanti Exploration

  3. Dear Cox Family,Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. The Cox family has been part of our family (Elliott) for as long as I can remember. Politics, family gatherings, dinners together and just visiting with each other were a big part of all my teen years. Will and Pookie were at my wedding in 1964. We loved them and it saddens us that another good friend has gone. Daddy and Will are up there now talking about all the world events and reminiscing about the old days.Love, our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this very sad time.Richard and Carolyn (Elliott) Richard

  4. Dear Jimmy all the Cox Family, I send my condolences to you all. Will was an amazing man. He gave so much to others and had such a big heart! I always felt close to Will whenever I was around him. He made you feel like family. He my Dad (Si) were in Sea Scouts together when they were just kids and once he showed me a wonderful picture he had kept all these years of their Sea Scouth group and the sailboat they used to sail out to Big Lake! He will be missed.

  5. Hi, my name is julie wilkinson, i am Mary and Jay wilkinson's daughter, i just wanted to say Mr. will was very much appreciated, he helped me and my family out so much. I really never got to properly thank him, but he will be missed truley. If there is anything i can do for the family please let me know. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  6. I extend my sympathy and condolences to you on the loss of your family patriarch and please know you are in my prayers.Many years have passed since our last visit, but I feel fortunate to have known Will and considered him a dependable friend; and although his vibrant personality and joie de vivre will be missed, his legacy for tolerance and helping the powerless, poor and writched among us will live on in those who loved him.I attended the church funeral services for Will's mom and recall the common theme of eulogies-she was a true friend to those without influence and rendered comfort and assistance when they most needed it.Will's life shows he was a quick study with a great role model.Being a local practitioner for 37 years, I met Will in the legal arena and his practicing style taught me an important lesson in resolving disputes. You can most often do so without fisticuffs, because settlement potential exists in all contested matters and don't risk courtroom unhappiness when you can control the outcome.This lesson has served my clientele vell and I have practiced with a lot less stress – thanks Will.Will always greeted me with a big smile and, knowing lawyers should not take themselves too seriously, a funny lawyer story.I can count on 1 hand local lawyers I admire, and Will is counted. He practiced law with wisdom and like a gentleman.May GOD bless Will, may he rest in peace and may the Perpetural Light shine upon him forever!Michael Maneille

  7. I'm so sorry to hear about Will's passing. He was always such a good friend to my family for many years. I remember meeting him as a little girl. After he shook my hand, it smelled like his after shave lotion, and I went through the whole day smelling my hand. Ahh! I was lucky to know Michael and Damiem, both generous like their father. My sympathy goes out to Will's family. I know is will be missed.

  8. It has been such a long time since I saw Will, but thought about him so many times. He and I were cousins on my dad's side. I am sure he will be missed greatly. My love and prayers go out to all the family.

  9. Loyola Law School Classmate 1970. Will was loved by all his classmates and will be remembered fondly. With deepest sympathy,Judge John Conery

  10. May happy memories and the knowledge that your father was so well respected and loved help you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Mike and Paul – I am so sorry for your loss. Mike, your dad was such a jovial man – he made me laugh. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  12. My heart is so heavy hearing of Mr. Will's passing.. He was a very dear friend to me and my family. The kindest most selfless person I have ever known. He will be greatly missed, and forever remembered..

  13. So sorry to hear of Mr. Will Cox's passing. He was one of the most generous and kindest men that I've ever known. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, as well as the Lake Area in general. His was a life that truly made a difference in the lives of countless others. May God strengthen the Cox family during your time of grief and loss.

  14. So sorry to hear this. Will was one of kind and I will never forget him. Our prayers go out to all of his family and friends.

  15. Some of my favorite memories were sitting around the dining room table talking with Will, Dr. Snatic and my Dad, Larry Racca – always a lively conversation. Will was truly a special and sweet man

  16. The world is a better place and I am a better man for having know Will. Will never met a stranger and if you were it didnt take long for him to refer to you as a friend. I can remember when Will and Elaine (Pooky) as he called her would come to dinner and the one thing that stands out in my memory was my mom having to tell Will to stay out of the pot, he loved to sample what was cooking. He my dad Chris were very close for many years but I can speak for the entire Breaux family when I say that Will was as close to family as you can get. He will be missed by many and will not soon be forgotten……

  17. To ALL of the Cox family.Gosh… Where do I begin? I met Will over 40 years ago. Will came to the Livestock Sale barn with us and we purchased an Appaloosa mare that Will said, she will run like the wind, and that she did. My daughter ended up winning several titles on that little mare years later.Will shared MANY meals with us and even came on one of our winter ski trips. My two boys roomed with Will and his breathing apparatus–HA HA, the stories!!In later years, Will helped us through a legal matter with my oldest son. Will was the ONLY legal person involved that used 'common sense,' and tried his D__edest to convince the DA and other attorneys to do the same. I will ALWAYS hold the HIGHEST respect and admiration for Will's integrity.LAUGHS, LAUGHS, DELIGENCE, HONOR, AND MUCH LOVE. I will remember Will always.My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. To All the COX Family,Will is at peace with his Lord.He lived a long full life and left behind his famuly to carry on.God Bless his Soul.

  19. To the Cox family, I apologize for the typos in my earlier message-Will deserves better. I extend my sympathy and condolences to you on the loss of your family patriarch and please know you are in my prayers. Many years have passed since our last visit, but I feel fortunate to have known Will and considered him a dependable friend; and although his vibrant personality and joie de vivre will be missed, his legacy for tolerance and helping the powerless,poor and wretched among us will live on in those who loved him. I attended the church funeral services for Will's mom and recall the common theme of eulogies-she was a true friend to those without influence and rendered comfort and assistance when they most needed it. Will's life shows he was a quick study with a great role model. Being a local practitioner for 37 years, I met Will in the legal arena and his practicing style taught me an important lesson in resolving disputes. You can most often do so without fisticuffs, because settlement potential exists in all contested matters and don't risk courtroom unhappiness when you can control the outcome. This lesson has served my clientele well and I have practiced with a lot less stress-thanks Will. Will always greeted me with a big smile and, knowing lawyers should not take themselves too seriously, a funny lawyer story. I can count on 1 hand local lawyers I admire, and Will is counted. He practiced law with wisdom and like a gentleman. May GOD Bless Will, may he rest in peace and may the Perpetual Light shine upon him forever! Michael Maneille

  20. We were so blessed to have known such a admirable, generous man with integrity. He was exceptional in all aspects of life. Mr. Will shared wonderful stories with us over dinner at my brother's house Randy Blanchard. He has touched so many lives and left a footprint with each of us that had the honor of knowing him and he will be missed tremendously.

  21. We were so sorry to hear about Will. All of the Cox family will be in our thoughts and prayers.Sincerely, David Carol Dwight

  22. We will all miss Will with his booming voice and love for the people. God bless you, his family, and receivecomfort in knowing he is at peace.It was an honor to know him

  23. Will was my friend for many years. We raised a lot of birds together with Dr. Snatic. He was a kindred Spirit and a Christian. May God grant His family peace, strength and comfort. A good man who will be missed.


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