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Parke Hunter Cox

Parke Hunter Cox, Jr. died on February 20, 2022. He was Born in Surry, Virginia on May 7, 1936. He was the son of Parke Hunter Cox and Hazel Davies Turner Cox and the grandson of Paul Clifford Cox and Maude Evelyn Cox.

He attended Augusta Military Academy and Hampden-Sydney College where he played basketball, baseball, and football. After college in 1957 he worked for Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. In 10 years, he became administrative aide to director of development. His next position was Number two man at TVDC, Tidewater Virginia Development Council under Mayor Fred Duckworth. Robert House, city manager of Norfolk at that time said, “in his opinion Hunter Cox was the most successful industrial development man he had the experience of working with.”  He became Director of Industrial Development for the city of Chesapeake in 1971.  From his small office in South Norfolk development office, he helped locate more than $165 million in industrial investments. 38 new expanded industries gave 783 job opportunities.  He was instrumental in building Greenbriar Mall, the first regional shopping centers in city which opened in 1981. Under his leadership Chesapeake Municipal Airport was constructed. It was a general aviation cargo airport serving private aircraft. The four-year-old department listed in 1973-1974 the 42 industries were located in Chesapeake. Foster Grant - produced sunglasses. Plasser American Corporation, an Austrian company – the manufacturer of railroad maintenance equipment.  Volvo- Volvo built the first foreign operation in the United States in the Chesapeake Greenbrier Industrial area. They built the transit bus that bends in the middle to make it easier to take turns on city streets. Volvo spent $150 million on the auto assembly plant and plans to employ 3500 people. He was called “the smooth-talking industrial hunter”.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Ann Carter Cox and their three children, Parke Hunter Cox, Suzanne Cox Stickle and her husband Joseph Walter Stickle and Paul Carter Cox and his wife Suzanne Lea Schomberg Cox and four grandchildren Jaclyn Martin Kowal and her husband Nathan Peter Kowal and Carter Cox Martin and his wife Katherine Kimiko Arita Martin and Sara Ealise Cox and Anna Elizabeth Cox and great grandson, Camden Samuel Martin.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communication of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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Linda Berryman Holdsworth Mar 6 2022 3:30 PM

Bobbie, I was so sorry to hear of Hunter's death. I have good memories of you and Hunter when we were roommates at Longwood and he was at Hampden-Sydney and then later when you moved to Norfolk and Chesapeake. You were such a devoted couple and so proud of your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and I am thankful for your faith in God as He walks with you during these sad times.

Elizabeth Eberwine Johnson Mar 5 2022 9:38 PM

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Hunter. He has been a great friend to me over the years. I have always enjoyed visiting him and you, Barbara. Hunter, was a wealth of knowledge in our collecting interests that we shared. Hunter will be truly missed. Anything that I can do for you and the family, please do not hesitate to call me.

Michael King Mar 4 2022 9:58 AM

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Carolyn Fronfelter Mar 2 2022 9:47 PM

i am so sorry and shocked to hear of hunters passing . i had just spoke to him a month ago. he always had a joke could bring a smile to your face and what a sense of humor i had the pleasue of meeting Paul not long ago what a nice young man you will all be in my thoughts and prayers and i know hunter and my mom, Nancy Phelps are up in heaven laughing what a special man who will be missed

Debbie Livesay Mar 2 2022 1:34 PM

Roomed with Hunter and Ed Harlow at Hampden-Sydney … we all played baseball … great guys. Unfortunately both Hunter and Ed have now passed. My condolences to Hunter's family.

Buck Ames Mar 2 2022 9:23 AM

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