Janie Cox

June 29, 1951 ~ May 17, 2021 (age 69)


Sarah Jane “Janie” Carpenter Cox, age 69, of Andersonville, went to be
with the Lord on Monday, May 17, 2021, after a valiant fight with
cancer. Janie was born June 29, 1951, in Norfolk, Virginia, daughter of
the late James Robert “Bob” Carpenter and Sarah Kathryn Province
Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter was serving in the U.S. Navy during The
Korean Conflict at the time of Janie’s birth. She was the oldest of four
children. The family moved back to their home town of Knoxville after
her father’s service in the navy. Janie was a member of Main Street
Baptist Church and was previously a member of Rocky Top United
Methodist Church. She was a 1969 graduate of Carter High School and
1973 graduate of UT, Knoxville. She was retired from the Anderson
County School System where she was a teacher for nearly thirty years.
Janie was a member of Anderson County and Clinton City Retired
Teachers Association, Tennessee Education Association and life
member of National Education Association; former president of Rocky
Top Business and Professional Women’s Organization where she was
voted Woman of the Year in 1999. Janie and her husband, Gordon,
were honored with the Mayor’s Award in 2008 for their community
service in Rocky Top. She was also a former president of Lioness Club
of Rocky Top. Janie was a licensed funeral director in Tennessee. She
and Gordon owned and managed Cox Funeral Home in Rocky Top for
several years. She enjoyed the mountains as well as the ocean and
loved teaching children. She was known as an “encourager”. In addition
to her parents, she is preceded in death by her grandparents, Rev. T.M.
and Lela Bain Carpenter and Clifton and Kathryn McClain Province;
brother, Jimmy Carpenter. She is survived by her husband of 47 years,
Gordon Chris Cox; sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Ashley Cox of
Andersonville, John and Leah Cox of Knoxville; granddaughters, Peyton
Cox and Avery Cox of Andersonville; grandson, Weston Cox of Knoxville;
sister-in-law, Jackie Carpenter; brothers, Joey Carpenter and Jon
Carpenter, all of Knoxville; many dear aunts, uncles, cousins and host of
friends. The family will receive friends 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Wednesday,
May 19, 2021, at Main Street Baptist Church in Rocky Top followed by
the funeral service at 7 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Phillips and Rev. David
Lord officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. on Thursday,
May 20, 2021, at Sunset Cemetery in Clinton for interment. In lieu of
flowers, please make donations to Main Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box
405, Rocky Top, Tennessee 37769. “He heals the brokenhearted and
binds up their wounds.” - Psalm 147:3 “God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.” - Psalm 46:1 Hatmaker Funeral Home
in Rocky Top is in charge of arrangements.

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May 19, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Main Street Baptist Church

Lake City, TN 37769

Funeral Service
May 19, 2021

7:00 PM
Main Street Baptist Church

Lake City, TN 37769

May 20, 2021

11:00 AM
Sunset Cemetery

Clinton, TN 37716

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