Joyce Lavonne Cox

Joyce Lavonne Cox age 81 of Quapaw, Okla. passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016 at her home in Quapaw. She was born on Jan. 9, 1935 in Picher, Okla. the daughter of Claude & Charlotte (Beam) Cox.
She grew up in Picher, Okla. and graduated from Picher High School. She worked as a legal secretary for Charles Chestnut, Sr., retiring after 38 years. She then owned and operated the Gorilla Cage in Picher, for 18 years.
She was a 60 year member of the Picher Baptist Church. After the buyout in Picher she then started attending the Spring River Baptist Church, in Quapaw.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Jake Cox, Eldon Cox and Chester Cox and two sisters, Beverly Hudson and Mary Barnes.
She is survived by a brother, Gary Cox of Quapaw, Okla., numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Joyce Lavonne Cox will be held, 10 a.m., Wednesday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home, in Commerce. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday evening at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, in Commerce. Interment will be held in Kansas Cemetery, Kansas, Okla. Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Online condolences may be made at