Obituary for Robbie Neil Cox

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Robbie Neil Cox

February 11, 1973 - April 24, 2012

Robbie Neil Cox age 39 passed away April 24, 2012 at his residence in Bloomington. He was a well known musician in southern Indiana playing in his band, the "Cox Brothers" regularly at the Bluebird in Bloomington. He was also the owner and operator of Hoosier Reclaimed Lumber in Bloomington.

Neil was born on February 11, 1973 in Landstuhl, Germany and was a 1991 graduate of Brown County High School and went on to attend the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. Known to his family and friends as a "motivational speaker", Neil was very spiritual and outgoing, always helping others. He was a naturalist and was considered an expert mushroom hunter. Neil was there to take in many stray animals who needed love and a home. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his several dogs & cats, especially his beloved dog 'Ollie'. Neil also enjoyed writing poetry and songs with meaning. He will be remembered as a loving son & brother and devoted father.

Survivors include his mother: Carol Ann Skirvin – Thomas of Nashville; Father: Rob N. (Kim) Cox of Mason, OH; girlfriend: Melissa Cordon of Bloomington; brother: Rick (Laura) Cox of Bean Blossom; Step sister: Becky Sandefur of York, SC; step brother: Jamie Philips of Houston, TX. He was the father to three daughters: Emilia Roy Cox, Avery & Ella Grace Cordon all of Bloomington. Neil will be remembered by his paternal grandmother: Marjorie Cox of Columbus; several aunts & uncles and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Marilyn Gambold & Bob Thomas and paternal grandfather: Noah Cox.

The Rev. Roy Hendershot will conduct a graveside service 2 pm Friday at the Bond Cemetery in Brown County, State Road 46 West across from Mike's Dance Barn. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Neil to the Brown County Humane Society, PO Box 746 Nashville, IN 47448.

Condolences to the Cox family can be made at

Information: 812-597-4670


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Born: February 11, 1973
Died: April 24, 2012

Condolences for Robbie Cox

Susan (Parsons) Hirsch posted on 1/1/00

Carol, My brother, Duane Parsons called me when he read about your son in the local news. We are both so very sorry to hear about your loss. Duane saw the notice too late to visit the funeral home, he told me he would have liked to express his condolences in person as he still lives in Morgantown. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Susan Hirsch


Peggy Cos posted on 1/1/00

Neil, never, ever did i think i would be writing on your obit page. I love you like my own son, life will never be the same with u gone from ths earth. I hope you have found peace. But i know u, u want us all to move on and be happy, that is the kind of person u are. Rest In Peace my nephew, I will always love u@ Aunt Peggy


Aunt Pam Cox-Smith posted on 1/1/00

I love you Neil and miss you so very much. Revelation 21:4, "God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" See you again one day in heaven.


Leigh Anna Young posted on 1/1/00

Your music was something most musicians envied. My friend Amanda introduced me to it a few years ago & I fell in love with the lyrics and the meaning of each song spoke louder than the words being sung themselves. So sorry you had to go in what was way before your time. God bless you & your family.


Wendy Weddle posted on 1/1/00

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Neil was one of my oldest friends. He will be missed. I will always carry him with me in my heart each time I enter the woods.


Claire Becraft-Nolan posted on 1/1/00

To Rob's family & Friends: I am so sorry to hear of Rob's passing. In fact, I am in shock and very sad that he has been taken home so early. While he was with us, he gave of himself to anyone who crossed his path. His spirituality and his love of nature, animals, and music was so inspirational! His light will always shine brightly and I believe, he will always be with us. Claire


The Stinson Family posted on 1/1/00

We send our love and condolences to your family! We are truly sorry for you loss. Love, Melissa, Dennis, Matt & Lacey, Heather & Adam and the kids.


Richard (Dick) Neal posted on 1/1/00

Rob and Kim we at Bloomington GE Maintenance Dept. wish to send you our deepest sympathy at the time of your loss. Words cannot express our sorrow that goes out to your hearts. You're in our hearts and prayers. Dick Neal Pat Caudill, Joe Caudill, and Raymond Pennington. May God give you strength in you with the loss of your loved one.


Tai Embry-Johnson posted on 1/1/00

I am deeply saddened by the news of Neil's passing. Neil is one of the few people that I can say I have only positive memories of. I will be unable to attend the services but want to send my sympathy to all his family.


Elisa Fry posted on 1/1/00

My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Neil. I hurt for you all. What a joy to have known, and the world is for certain a more beautiful place thanks to the short time he was here. Bless you all.


jon stantz posted on 1/1/00

I never met Neil face to face, just shared a passion for mushroom hunting through and email. I was floored to see that he had passed away, please accept my deepest sympathies for his family and friends. Spring will never be the same without him and his quotes on "shroomin".


Angie Stoner posted on 1/1/00

I first met Neil at the Port Hole, I instantly fell in love with their music and found so many new friends through the Cox deepest sympathies, he will be greatly missed!!!


David Simon posted on 1/1/00

Thank you so much sharing Neil with us. He was a true artist and fantastic person. Long before he was a famous musician and making people feel good about themselves via facebook, he was entertaining us all and making special efforts to be kind to all those around him - even dorky, unathletic kids who others might ridicule. Neil had a very special way about him that I cannot attribute to anyone else I have ever met. He is irreplacebale and will be sadly missed.


Brenda Frohliger posted on 1/1/00

My sincere condolances to Neil's family and loved ones. I spoke with him frequently on facebook and he was always such a gentle and caring man. He always had a kind word to say about everyone and everything.I had met him during the search last year for Lauren and we continued to talk via FB since that time. Such a nice young man! May you remember his spirit and joy and hold that close to your heart in this difficult time. God Bless.


Roberta, Toby and Cash Myers posted on 1/1/00

Neil has touched our lives with his compassion for music and nature. From my family to yours I am so sorry for your loss. Neil will be in our heart forever.


Kelly Martin posted on 1/1/00

My thoughts and prayers go heavily towards those that knew Neil. I had the pleasure of meeting Neil back in 2005 through my cousin, Andy Sipes, and have made it a point to go to his shows whenever possible since moving to Indiana from Montana 4 years ago. Neils extreme talent with words will forever be remembered and his voice will live forever in our hearts.


Peggy and Phil Hawk posted on 1/1/00

We just had to write and tell you how sorry we are for your great loss. What a talented young man! We were introduced to the Cox Brothers music about a year and a half ago and we truly loved their sound. We lost our son a few years ago when he was 26 and we sadly know first-hand about the unbearable sorrow and heartbreak of losing our own child. Others just cannot know although they try to help and are sympathetic. They mean well, but they are not able to comprehend the total agony of the loss. They also expect us to "move on" because they cannot realize the depths of hell that such a loss brings us to. Our son still struggles also with the loss of his only brother and sibling. We want you to know that all of you are in our prayers and certainly on our minds. May God send the comfort that only He can give, for this is not a short or easy path to walk upon. Please feel free to contact us at any time. We understand the need to vent when needed. You have our deepest,heartfelt sympathy. Peggy and Phillip Hawk, Jesse Hawk


Abigail Delfino posted on 1/1/00

I am truly sorry for your loss. Neil touched so many people's lives in such a positive way. He was a wonderfully talented musician and poet and a true friend to all. My heart aches for all of you and the community. He will truly be missed. May he rest in peace.


Lori Bernard posted on 1/1/00

My deepest sympathies to your family....Neil was a wonderful young man, and touched many lives....


robert griffith posted on 1/1/00

I have never had the honor of meeting Neil but I have talk to him on facebook. He made me feel like I have known him all my life. I am so sorry for all his family and friends during this time of grief.I have never in my life ever been so impacted by a loss of someone I have never met and to me that says something about Neil Cox. May god bless his family,friends,and children.


Carrie Miller-Hammond posted on 1/1/00

I was very saddened to hear of Neil's passing yesterday. My heart and prayers go out to his family. I am so sorry for your loss. I graduated with Neil and have fond memories of him. Neil was a very nice, very compassionate guy. We should all be so lucky to find the peace that Neil now knows.


Amy Pauley posted on 1/1/00

Neil was a wonderful person. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. All of his friends, family and fans are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God bless you!


Terry Wolfe posted on 1/1/00

Rob,Kim and Family, All of your friends here at Ge extend our deepest sympathy on your sudden loss. We are keepig you in our thoughts and prayers.


Carrie David posted on 1/1/00

No words can say.....prayers and comfort to you all. He inspired all who was fortunate to know him. He will not be forgotten.


GE maintenance Dept. posted on 1/1/00

we are all sorry about your loss,if there is anything we can do for the family let us know


Carmel Samuels posted on 1/1/00

So sorry to hear about Neil. I didn't know him personally, but like a lot of people I knew him thru the mushroom hunting boards online. He was always so helpful with everyone and seemed to enjoy the thrill of the hunt more than anyone I met. He will be greatly missed on the boards, I'm sure he is hunting the great woods in the sky.


melissa bowlen(hill) posted on 1/1/00

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Neil will was and always will be a legend as far as I'm concerned. He will be greatly missed but he will always live on through his music. God Bless.


Joyce Harris posted on 1/1/00

I never met Neil, but I heard his music on face book. He was an important part of my son's family, the Harris's of Mesick, Michigan. I heard a lot about him from them and was hoping to meet him one day. My prayers go out to his family, especially his daughters. May the Lord bless you and keep you.


Maggie Cooper posted on 1/1/00

Carol, I can not begin to tell you how sorry I am. I wish I were there to give you a hug, I'm not at Circle K any longer so I don't know when I will see you. I am so sorry Maggie


Neil's mom, Carol Skirvin-Thomas posted on 1/1/00

It took me over a month to be able to write this. Thank you for the condolences that have been posted. Neil is loved and missed by many. I think about him and miss and love him every single day. I feel he is still watching out for his family. Neil's mom, Carol