Monday, June 4, 2012
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Thomas Andrew Cox

Thomas Andrew Cox, 51, passed away quietly and peacefully with his family at his bedside on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. "Andy," as he was affectionately known, was born Aug. 10, 1960, in Millington, Tenn., to Donald and Mildred Cox. Andy moved to Key West, Fla., with his parents when he was 8 years old, when his father was stationed in the Navy in Key West. Andy served in the Air Force in Korea. Andy was known for his hairy body. His sister Carol once remarked, "If he had one more hair on his body, he would look like a blond gorilla!" Along with the love and affection he had for his family, he also had a close special friend in City Commissioner Mark Rossi. He was Commissioner Rossi's right hand in running the Rick's & Durty Harry's complex for more than 20 years.

Andy was preceded in death by his brother Eugene Leo Cox II; paternal grandparents, Donald J. Cox and Winifred Cox; and maternal grandparents, Ira Lee Douglas and Gertie B. Douglas.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory his parents, Donald and Mildred Cox; his daughter, Samantha Marion; sisters Carol Wooden of Knoxville, Tenn., and Heather Cox of Milton, Fla.; his brother Wesley (Yvette) Cox of Franklin, Tenn.; special brothers, Commissioner Mark Rossi and Chris Irvine of Big Pine Key, Fla.; his fiancée, Cheryl Meyer; and a sorrowing host of numerous family members and friends.

A celebration of Andy's life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Durty Harry's complex. The family has asked all friends of Andy to join them and share photos and loving stories about Andy. Final services will be held in Mayfield, Ky. An honorary Mass at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church will be scheduled at a later date.

All arrangements entrusted to Castillo & Thurston's Key West Mortuary and Cremation Center.