Delano Cox

Delano Lee "Sonny" Cox

Monday, March 20th, 1933 - Thursday, December 5th, 2019
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Delano L. “Sonny” Cox, 86, of Chesapeake, West Virginia, passed away, December 5, 2019 at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Born March 20, 1933 in Roane County, West Virginia, to the late William “Curt” and Mildred Sinnett Cox. Sonny was a graduate of Walton High School in Roane County. While living at home he worked with his father and mother in their family store in Roane County. He later moved to Chesapeake and continued working with the Cox family businesses, retiring after 46 years of working and serving his community at Tom’s Super Value. Sonny always considered his customers as family and knew everyone by name. Sonny attended the First Baptist Church of Chesapeake where he served his Lord and his church family as an usher and church bus driver.

Sonny was a veteran of the United States Army. He also, was a Master Mason of the Chelyan Masonic Lodge #158, a 32nd degree and 47-year member of the Scottish Rite, and a Beni Kedem Shriner. He was a former Chesapeake Town Council Member, and Chesapeake Citizen of the Year in 1996. He was active in his community, supporting and participating in many community events. He was an avid classic car lover and collector. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and loved working in the outdoors, especially at his family farms.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, William “Curt” and Mildred Cox and his wife, of 59 years Donna L. Rathbone Cox.

Left to cherish Sonny’s memory are his daughter, Krista Cox, granddaughter, Ginny Milsap, and nephews John and Charles (Robin) Chalfant. Special friends Bo (Deena) Milsap and countless other remarkable and meaningful friends.

A visitation and celebration of life will be Thursday, December 12th at the Lisa B Curry Community Building in Chesapeake from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Funeral services will be Friday, December 13th at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home in Marmet, at 12:00pm with Reverend Don Toler officiating. Burial will follow at Gandeeville Cemetery, in Gandeeville, WV, where Masonic graveside rites will be conducted. Condolences may be sent to the family at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 12th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, December 12th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday December 12, 2019 at the Chesapeake City Hall Recreation Building adjacent to the Fire Department.
  • Service

    Friday, December 13th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, December 13th, 2019 12:00pm
    Leonard Johnson Funeral Home
    8706 California Ave.
    MARMET, WV 25315
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Posted at 10:54am
With deepest sympathy, Charles & Robin Chalfant; Michael and Marilyn Wyers; John Chalfant; Garrett & Maria Chalfant
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Christopher Jarrett

Posted at 05:40am
Really sorry to see Sonny go,but it has to happen,and he was one person who always had a smile and a Hello to everyone he saw.Rest in Peace Sonny.

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Posted at 03:18pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Mike, Kristy, Bo and Michelle Cox
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Annette McGraw-Roberts

Posted at 10:55pm
Many fond memories of him from my childhood. He was very loved and respected in our community. May God wrap his arms of comfort around Krista and the family. RIP Sonny


Posted at 02:01pm
I loved working with Sonny he made the time go by quick and he was always telling stories and would try to scare you through out the store. He was the Best person in and around Chesapeake. He will be sorely missed by everyone! No matter where I would see him he would call me a different name and I would call him Virgil. Loved seeing him out walking Krista’s dog. No matter what he always had a smile. Virgil you will be missed but we will never forget you!! My heart aches for Krista and Jenny Lynn. Lord please comfort them.

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