Don Cox

Born in Weatherford, TX on June 21, 1934

Departed on July 24, 2012 and resided in Nashville, TN

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COX, Don- 78, died July 24, 2012. He passed away early in the morning at home in Nashville with his loving family surrounding him. Don was born June 21, 1934, in Weatherford, Texas, and had six brothers and sisters, including a twin brother, Doyle Cox. Don moved to California when he was 16 years old, married when he was 21, and proudly served his country in the United States Army. As an entertainer in the San Francisco bay area, Don became affectionately known as "The Crazy Gringo". He had two Country Music night clubs in San Jose, and was the band leader at the well-known "Cowtown" for 30 years, where they packed the house five nights a week. His song "The Crazy Gringo" charted on billboard and was a local hit for many weeks. He also did several USO tours all over the world. In January, 2011, at the age of 76, Don did his last show at the Three Flames in San Jose. The venue overflowed that night with 50 years' worth of friends and fans in attendance for his final, historic performance. Don is survived by his wife of 56 years, Edna Jean Cox; daughter, Debbie Darlene Zavitson; daughter, Donna Jean Clot and husband, Robert Clot; daughter, Diana Doylene Harris and husband, David Harris; brothers Doyle Cox and Jerry Glenn Cox; and seven grandchildren. Services will be held Friday, July 27th from the chapel of the West Harpeth Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Friday from 1pm until the service time at WEST HARPETH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY

17 Comments to Don Cox

  1. Richard Sinkler
    July 26, 2012 12:00 am

    Don was always a good friend. One of the very best entertainers in the Bay Area. I am proud to have been the steel guitar player that was on stage for his last performance at the 3 Flames in San Jose. Don will be missed.

  2. Tandy Warwick
    July 26, 2012 12:00 am

    Debbie and Family:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss and will have each of you in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort and bless each of you through this sad and difficult time and in the days to come.

  3. Gene & Kristine Lee
    July 26, 2012 12:00 am

    You are loved and will be missed by many…

  4. June Nicholson
    July 26, 2012 12:00 am

    Dearest Jean and Family, I am so very sorry to hear about Don. Susan called me this morning, said she heard the news on KRTY yesterday. I want to call and talk to you, I’ve lost your number. If you get time, later on call me? 541-404-1479. Please know that my heart aches for you and the rest of the family, I miss you all. Love, June

  5. Susan Rezendes/Sandstrom
    July 26, 2012 12:00 am

    Jean,Debbie,Donna and Diana;
    My deepest condolences to you all. When I heard on the radio that he passed, my heart sank. I remember the times at Cowtown and Sam’s, and going to your house. I remember all the times you girls sang with your dad. Your dad was like a second dad to me. I remember the motorcycle rides that my dad and your dad took because we went on a couple. I pray for comfort for you all. Love you all!!!

  6. Susan Rezendes/Sandstrom
    July 26, 2012 12:00 am

    Jean,Debbie,Donna and Diana;
    My deepest condolences to you all. When I heard on the radio that he passed, my heart sank. I remember the times at Cowtown and Sam’s, and going to your house. I remember all the times you girls sang with your dad. Your dad was like a second dad to me. I remember the motorcycle rides that my dad and your dad took because we went on a couple. I pray for comfort for you all. Love you all!!!

  7. Jon Brown
    July 27, 2012 12:00 am

    Don RIP and thank you for the years of sharing your Music with us at Cowtown and Sams.Thank you alos for sharing your family with us. I know your family made Mom Dollar’s Sunday nights a thing for her to look forward to for many years.
    To the Family my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time. And May Gods arms be wrapped around you. And know that he is now looking down upon each abd everyone of you.
    I to when I saw the news in the paper this morning my heart sank. But also my mind went back in time to all the Good time I had .
    Again RIP Don

  8. Tex Tyner
    July 27, 2012 12:00 am

    Dearest Don and Family,
    Thank you for all the wonderful memories and great times we shared at Cowtown. Having just been transferred here to San Jose via Bakersfield via Oklahoma City, I felt so very much out of place and a long way from home and those I loved. But thanks to friends at the phone company they recommended that I go to Cowtown, so I did that Friday night 1986, so long ago. Well found your sweet music with the Cowtown Band and a few great two-steps with Diana, found my new home.
    A couple of years later meet my future wife and life long partner doing a dance at Cowtown – you and the Band played at our wedding, Candy, who I married in 1987, and here we are – You are missed and will always be loved
    Rest in peace my friend, God bless you and your sweet Family.
    Tex

  9. Kathy Drechsler
    July 27, 2012 12:00 am

    Just wanted to share my condolences. I was a cocktail waitress at Cowtown from 1979-1981 and it was one of the FUNNEST jobs that I ever had. Don, the band and his family were always so kind to me. With fond memories, Kathy

  10. Greg Dorenkamp
    July 27, 2012 12:00 am

    One of the things Lisa & I missed when we moved to Texas was Cowtown. Rest In Peace Don
    We will miss you.

  11. andy buchanan
    July 27, 2012 12:00 am

    Diana , Debbie , Donna ,and Jean ,

    So sorry to hear about YOUR loss .
    If I can be of any help ,please call me at 510-453-1683 .
    Now Don and Hank can build the best country nite club upstairs , so we ALL have a great place to entertain and work when we get there .
    We don’t always understand why GOD takes from our familes this way , but I do beleive he has a much better place for ALL of us to come to .
    LOVE to ALL of YOU ,
    andy and ALL the SADDLERACK crew .

  12. Kristi Hass Cox
    July 28, 2012 12:00 am

    Jean and Family, We will all miss Don. Uncle Don to many. We send our love and prayers to you. God be with you. Love, Kristi,Leave a condolence or a memory.

  13. Ron Kathy and Kathryn Cox
    July 28, 2012 12:00 am

    Uncle Don was special to all of us. One of the most memorable times of my life was spent with your family. Uncle Don always had a that smile.

    Love and miss all,

    Ron

  14. Beth Meade
    July 30, 2012 12:00 am

    My love and prayers are with all of you at this time of sorrow and loss. Know that Don will always be remembered as a true gentleman, steadfast friend and wonderful performer. It seems like just yesterday we were all together laughing and dancing at COWTOWN. What fun times those were!

  15. Kathy Cox
    July 31, 2012 12:00 am

    Jean and family, we send our love and prayers. Don was a wonderful man and will miss him deeply. Love, Kathy Cox and family

  16. Roger Dellinger
    August 3, 2012 12:00 am

    3o years ago I was in the Navy stationed at Moffett. Our favorite weekends included going to Cowtown and listening to Don, the band & the family. Thanks for the memories and singing some great country music. God Bless You and your family.

  17. Paul Hoffmann
    September 27, 2012 12:00 am

    I used to go to that Cowtrown bar on Almaden every month or so back in the early 80s, and went to Sam’s Club on Monterey Rd all the way till about 1988. Also remember his 2 daughters used to sing sometimes. Man, Cox’s music was great. Of course, my favorite part of the night whenever he played was Cotton Eyed Joe. All us drunken fools had so much fun back then. Yeah, that was fun. Don Cox and his band gave me a bunch of memories. I’m a bit saddened that he died. Too bad. Wish I’d known he had that reunion concert last year.