Jacob “Jake” Cox, 31, of Pana, died Monday, April 8, 2013 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. He was born September 30, 1981 in Springfield, IL and lived in Pana his entire life. Jake cut and sold firewood throughout the area. He loved dogs, the outdoors, playing jokes on people and making people laugh, helping people, gardening, canning, & cooking. He was a great husband and loved his children & family.
Jacob Cox married Becky Merrifield on March 6, 2004 at Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church.
He is survived by his wife: Becky Cox, Pana, IL; daughters: Gabrielle “Gabby” Cox & Cashlynn “Lil Baby Bumpskin” Cox, both at home; mother: Babette Taylor & husband Robert, Pana, IL; father: George Cox, Jr. & wife Tina, Pana, IL; step father: Jeff Rhodes; brother: Robert H. Taylor, Pana, IL; grandmother & step grandfather: Joyce & Kenneth Griffin, Pana, IL; step brothers & sisters: Michele Anderson, Pana, IL; Christina Pinkston, Mt. Vernon, IL; Barbie Moss, Tower Hill, IL; Daniel Moore, U.S. Air Force; and several nieces, nephews, & cousins.
Funeral services will be Friday, April 12, 2013 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Ronald Brown officiating. Burial will be in Twin Pines Cemetery, Pana. Friends may call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time in the funeral home.