Truman A. Cox III

Born on 06/18/1968

Departed on 02/09/2013

Resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Truman A. “Skip” Cox, III, 44, of Fredericksburg, Va. died Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Mr. Cox had served with the U. S. Coast Guard and was a member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church. He was the Master Distiller at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Fredericksburg, Va. Mr. Cox was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha at Florida Tech. He was an avid deer hunter and motorcycle enthusiast. He had an unmistakable passion for life, family and bourbon making.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Quinn Cox; daughter Emerson Cox; parents Truman Allen Jr. and Joanne Cox; sisters Shannon Roff (Ron) and Rachelle Camacho; and nephews Jacob, Kyle and Connor.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, Va.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the funeral home chapel. Interment will be at a later date in Florida.

Memorials may be made to Emerson K. Cox, UVA UTMA, PNC Bank, 2403 Fall Hill Ave., Fredericksburg, Va.  22401.

35 thoughts on Truman A. Cox III

  1. Patrick Clouse on said:

    Words are not enough to convey how myself and my family feel about this great loss. I only want to focus on the happiest of memories of Truman and his larger than life personality. He wore his emotions on his sleeve and gave his friendship so easily. He made me laugh and always seemed to have something to say to brighten your day no matter how challenging things seemed. Truman made Christmas EXTRA special for my kids and we will never forget him. Condolences
    The Clouse Family

  2. Butch & Lela Rohrer on said:

    We feel so bad about this death. we enjoyed every visit we ever had with Skip. The time we were in Iowa and called him while he lived there. We loved the place he took us along the Mississippi River to eat and then Cynda enjoyed the motorcycle ride back to the campground and we all sat around the camp fire and heard his stories. He has left a hole in our hearts. May God comfort you. Love you much Butch (Brother Rohrer) & Lela

  3. Teresa Rohrer-Hardesty on said:

    Sorry to hear about Skip, I read about it on facebook. So my prayers are with you guys. I will remember the good times. Waffles and saugage anyone., when I think of them I think of the fun we had!!! Love you both!!!

  4. Jay Rohrer on said:

    This is a tragic day! The world will be short a truly good man,
    I will certainly never forget Skip and the time we spent as kids at the Cox house. I’ll never forget the salamanders, at the house on CR 21, or Skip going out to feed that huge mean dog. I will always remember loading shot gun shells with Skip, at the house on Melrose.
    The last time I saw Skip, was probably about 15 years ago, and I really enjoyed the time we spent talking to one another. I remember thinking at the time, “Now, there is a guy who has gotten it together! He is happy and full of life”.
    I grieve, with you in this tragic loss! I’ll pray for your comfort, in this difficult time!
    Jay Rohrer

  5. Sharon Howard on said:

    It was a pleasure working with you Truman. I am
    just sorry that the time was so short. You will live in our hearts forever.

  6. Rick and Lynda Hight on said:

    We are very sorry for your loss. Just like the I just read in the forward he surely did have a zest for life and I only knew Truman to always have a smile and a kind word.

  7. Eric, Stephanie, and Emma stoe on said:

    We were so lucky to know Truman and be a part of his life. We will never forget Truman’s friendship and the special Christmases he provided for our family. Truman had an amazing personality and will not be easily forgotten. Thoughts and prayers go out to Susan and Emmy.

  8. Les Eads on said:

    To the Cox family, I was shocked and saddend to hear of Skips passing, I can”t imagine the pain your family is in. It is never right to lose one of your children. Your family will be in our families prayers as you navigate this terrible tradgedy. Skip was a great kid growing up!

  9. Dixie Leonberger on said:

    My prayers are with the family of Truman. I did not know him very well, but thought he wa a great guy and I know he will be missed.

  10. Mark Letourneau on said:

    I’m very saddened by the passing of Skip. It was obvious that he had a gret joy for life and treasured his family. Growing up together, I recall him being a very happy person and always positive. My sincerest condolences to his family in this time .

  11. Bruce and Judy Wells on said:

    Jo and Butch, can’t I imagine losing a child. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Thelma and Gene Letourneau on said:

    Jo and Butch. We are so sorry for your loss. We will always have fond memories of watching Skip and “the kids of Green Valley” grow and mature into adulthood.

  13. Susan Thimlar on said:

    Jo, Rachelle, and Family…I’m holding you close in my heart. You have such a strong, wonderful family…draw strength from those you hold dear and celebate all of your cherished memories together. Love to all, Susan, Jim, Rachel, and Cori Thimlar

  14. Vera Rudolph on said:

    Dear Butch & Jo & family: What a shock to see your beloved son pass into eternity at only 44 years. We always want to outlive our children. We have special memories of the time we babysat for Skip in his preschool years and the fun the kids had playing in the neighborhood on CR 21. Frank had a massive stroke 2 years ago and just fell this weekend so is in the hospital, trying to decide what to do. Mike, Nick, Angie and Frank all send their love. We do have a commonality.

  15. Gary Spedding on said:

    Oh my goodness. I am stunned and I will dearly miss my friend and distilling advisor. Gone too soon -I am imagining Truman’s voice booming out one of his favorite (to me) statements and my sympathies to all the family and especially of course young Emmy and mom – Susan. Be happy in your memories and cherish a life lived to the fullest and cut short way to early for us to comprehend. I salute and will give cheers for you Truman and will never forgot your impact on my life.

  16. Monty O Stephens on said:

    So sorry for your loss, Truman would come on my farm to hunt dear and was a very nice person. When he came to Frankfort to the distillery, he would always come to the warehouse to see me. He will be missed greatly. Prayers is with the family.

  17. cal and linda hochstetler on said:

    Jo andbutch rachelle and shannon i was stunned this morning when i heard the news about skip .he will always be skip to me he was such a fun kid when i was his babysitter God be with you during this trying time. our love is very much with you all.

  18. Doc J & Darlene Stewart on said:

    Trying to think of the right words brings a flood of memories. A lot of smiles and then more than a few tears, as we appreciate a life well lived, but gone too young. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers as we all struggle with this terrific loss.

  19. Jim and Janie Keltner on said:

    We are so sorry for your great loss. You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts.

  20. Joni Long on said:

    Thinking of your entire family. The tributes I’ve read about Skip online are a great testament to his wonderful personality and friendships.
    Joni Long

  21. Joni Woolwine Pfishner on said:

    I was shocked to see this and can’t even imagine the pain of losing a child. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of great sorrow.

  22. Sig & Fran Andersen on said:

    Dear Family and Friends of Truman
    How shocked we were to hear of Truman’s passing. We met him for the first time this past Thanksgiving when we were visiting the Distillery with my family from Fredericksburg. For those few minutes of speaking with him, we knew he was someone special. His huge smile was very welcoming. We will have a dram and toast to his life here on earth and his peace in heaven. Our condolences.

  23. Arick and Janet Fiandt on said:

    Butch and Joanne….We were so shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to all of you in your grief and sorrow.

  24. Amy Firestone on said:

    I was so saddened to hear the news of Skip’s passing (I always knew him as Skip). I remember so many moments hanging out at the Cox household during high school. Anytime Skip was around he would always give Rachelle and her friends a hard time (in a good way). I remember Skip always being happy and making me laugh (and yes, I always had to look up at him). My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time. May you cherish the memories to help you get through the sorrow and eventually find peace.

  25. Sharon Kennedy on said:

    I took a tour at the Bowman Distillery with about 12 out of town family members and it was the high light of their stay and the best tour I’ve had in Fredericksburg. We all very much enjoyed the tour with Skip at the helm. He was just a fantastic story teller and all around nice guy. Several of us were also chemists, and when we told him that he signed our whiskey bottles with chemical formulas. I wanted to post that story here, about what a memorable and kind man he was to many strangers, and also to say how saddened we are to hear of his sudden death. My heartfelt condolences to family and friends.

  26. Kelly Haman on said:

    I am so thankful Truman, Susan and Emmy were able to spend some time with us during their Florida vacation. Truman was my husband Jim’s very dear friend and his love of life was so noticable! I am still in shock over the news and my heart breaks over all of it. Truman had such a big heart and even bigger laugh! He could always make you smile no matter what! RIP our beloved friend I know you will be watching over all of us and we will see you again one day but please know you touched so many hearts (probably more than you could ever imagine) and you are going to be so GREATLY missed. We love you Truman!! The Haman Family.

  27. Becky Henry on said:

    My heart goes out to your family. I have worked with Truman for many years as a member of the Sazerac Company. His personality was larger than life and he was such a friendly soul. I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you.

  28. Dan Ross on said:

    I met Truman for the first time last fall when I stopped by the distillery to invite him to the local Ducks Unlimited Event. He immediately wanted to help and possibly partner with the local chapter. He could not personally attend but made sure Bowman was well represented. He was very open and inviting, great since of humor and had lots of ideas on how to get the Bowman name and product out for all to enjoy. We had talked several times about getting together to waterfowl hunt, but he was too busy with work or spending time with his family. I will greatly miss his big smile and welcoming handshake. I hope he takes the recipe to heaven with him cause I know the Good Lord will welcome him with open arms!

  29. Zack Stewart on said:

    Many thoughts run through my mind as I remember Skip. Our families were old backyard neighbors and life long friends. Skip is someone that I have known for my entire life. He was always full of life, good for a laugh and I will miss not getting to spend time with him again. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and loved ones he left behind. RIP

  30. Nadine, Anthony and Janae Spooner on said:

    Dear Susan,
    We share our deepest regrets with you. We are so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. We found Truman to be such a cool fun and caring person. Anthony will never forget his first encounter with Truman, how Truman was so helpful to get him siturated when we all met at Chick-fil-A on our very first playdate with the girls and the time we spent bowling. He was so friendly, warm and inviting. From this day forward we want you to know that we are here for you; if you need someone to talk to, if you need a shoulder to cry on or if you need someone ot pray iwth i am here.
    Love the Spooner Family

  31. Mary Ahrens on said:

    Dear Susan & Emmy; Mr. & Mrs Cox, Rachelle, & Shannon

    Even though I have only known Truman for a brief period, we had a beautiful working relationship. He & I hit it off right away – with a mutual respect for the other’s passion for life & unorthodox ways. He kept us on our toes; kept us laughing with his antics; and shared so many interesting perspectives. I will never forget him riding Susan’s motorcycle into the distillery and startling me so much I jumped out of the chair at the front desk – and then he laughed and slolomened (sp?) through the barrels in the gift shop! Every day was an adventure and I will miss him more than I can possibly say in words. We are here for you, Susan – only a text away. Love, Mary

  32. Linda Hubbard, BTD on said:

    Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. Truman was an amazing person and a wonderful coworker who touched so many lives. My heart goes out to all of you and may you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. Linda Hubbard

  33. The Fullers on said:

    Susan,
    We were so sorry to hear the news about Truman. Our hearts are breaking for you , Emmy and all the family. He was a good neighbor and friend who John loved trading deer hunting stories with. I can still hear him yelling for the dogs when they would escape out the front door. We so appreciated him taking the time to visit our kids at Christmas. They loved it when Santa stopped by in person to get their Christmas lists. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Love, The Fuller Family

  34. Tina Glass on said:

    I heard this news with great sadness and disbelief. Truly gone before his time. Condolences to Truman’s family and friends.

  35. Ron Miller on said:

    Dear Buch, Jo, & family. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you all. We just heard form former friends in Elkhart. God bless you all. Marcia, Ron, & Janet

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