Allen Dale Cox

allen cox

On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, Allen Dale Cox, age 51 laid down the burdens of this life and joined his Lord and Savior and many loved ones in heaven.  Allen’s mom and sister were on each side of his hospital bed, holding his hand and touching his arm as he peacefully slept away. 

Allen was born on July 23, 1971 in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the only son of Harley Dale and Shirley Garner Cox. He was educated in the Robeson and Moore County School systems and attended Central Carolina Community College.  He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, having a small garden and cooking. He was handy with tools and a paint brush. He and his sister, Lynne enjoyed cheering on the NC State Wolfpack.  He loved animals, especially dogs. He enjoyed sneaking bacon to Tootsie and Jazzy when he thought Lynne wasn’t looking!

Allen had recently moved to Wilmington, NC where he was establishing a new, exciting and hopefully better chapter in his life. He enjoyed visiting nearby Carolina Beach and the USS North Carolina Battleship. He even got to see some early blooming azaleas this year in a city known for their beauty. He also had made several new, good friends and found a church to attend. The day before he became ill, he worked at the Live Oak Bank Pavilion and seemed to really enjoy it.  Life was good there and for that, we are thankful because Allen’s life was not an easy one.  He faced many challenges and struggles all the while he never lost hope of better days through the faith he held in Jesus Christ.  In his final days, he battled pneumonia and its complications to the best of his ability. The family would like to thank the excellent staff of the Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Medical Intensive Care Unit in Wilmington, NC for the superb, kind, and comprehensive care provided.

Allen was preceded in death by his father, Harley Dale Cox.

He is survived by his devoted mother, the love of his life, Shirley Garner Cox; sister: Lynne Beck and brother-in-law, Randy; as well as many extended family members.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 3:00 p.m.  at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2237 Camp Easter Rd, Carthage, NC.  A time to visit with family will precede the service beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The service will be live streamed on Pleasant Hill Baptist Church’s Facebook page. 

Memorial contributions may be offered to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 386, Southern Pines, NC 28388.

Online condolences may be offered at

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cox family. 


Visitation: March 28, 2023 2:00 pm - March 30, 2023 3:00 pm

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
2237 Camp Easter Rd
Southern Pines , NC 28387


Funeral Service: March 28, 2023 3:00 pm

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
2237 Camp Easter Rd
Southern Pines , NC 28387


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  1. Shirley and family, I am sorry for your loss. Will be thinking of u.

    Lib Roberts
    Ocean isle Beach formerly Sanford

  2. Shirley, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you during this difficult time. Love you.

  3. Shirley, I’m sending you the biggest hug filled with much love. I will be praying for you and your family.

  4. Shirley, I am so sorry! Much, much too soon. Many prayers for you, Lynne, and your family as you grieve Allen’s passing. I know your heart is broken. Such a warm and loving obituary.

  5. Shirley, Lynne, and Randy, We were very sad to hear of the passing of Allen, especially at such a young age. He was always so friendly and had a contagious, heart warming smile. Several years ago, we saw Allen at The Barn Restaurant where he was working. He recognized me before I did him. He had a friendly outgoing personality. Your strong faith in God will see you through the coming days, as He gives you peace and comfort. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  6. Shirley, Lynne, and Randy … Words can’t express how sorry I am to hear of Allen’s passing. I can’t imagine the grief you all must be going through! Continue to rely on Jehovah God’s promises for comfort and strength to endure this difficult time. Sending hugs, love, and prayers to you all, Debbie Marion

  7. Shirley and Lynn, so sorry for your loss. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort!

  8. Shirley, I am so sorry for your loss. May you feel God’s hands around you and the peace and comfort He gives.

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