Paul Edward Cox born Feb. 3, 1934 in Portsmouth, OH; died Mar. 9, 2020 in The Villages, FL. Paul was a retired captain from the Fire Department, Cincinnati, OH. He worked for the department Oct. 25, 1959 – July 31, 1986. Prior to joining the fire department, he faithfully served our country in the US Army. Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years Joyce; sons retired fireman Kevin Edward Cox, Kenneth Lee Cox, and Daniel Wayne Cox; daughters Paula Jean (Cox) Wells, and Pamela Wray (Cox) Freeman; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be held Wed., Mar. 18, 2020 10:00 AM at Immanuel Baptist Church, 8015 SE 180th Street, Oxford, FL 34484. Honors will be rendered at the private inurnment at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers please make donations in his memory to Immanuel Baptist Church. Arrangements entrusted with HIERS-BAXLEY Funeral & Cremation Life Event Center, 352-775-7427. Sentiments may be left online at www.hiers-baxley.com.