Francis R. Cox, 89, musician and teacher

October 25, 2005

Francis R. Cox, a retired orchestra leader and music teacher, died of cancer Saturday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Essex resident was 89.

Born in Virginia and raised on Carroll Street, he served in the Army during World War II. Family members said he played in an Army orchestra and was wounded fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

A self-taught musician, Mr. Cox was a member of the Baltimore Musicians Union. He gave piano, guitar and bass lessons at Froelich's music store in Essex and at Yeager's in Highlandtown.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary in yesterday's editions for musician Francis R. Cox gave an incorrect address for his funeral. It will be held today at the Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Old Eastern Ave, Essex. The Sun regrets the error.

He also led the Frank Cox Orchestra at the old Mardi Gras Supper Club on Harford Road, the Hotel Belvedere and the downtown Holiday Inn's old revolving rooftop restaurant. He retired about 27 years ago.

He was a member of Protestant Community Church in Essex.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at the Brudzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Mace Ave., Essex.

Survivors include two sons, Frank D. Cox of Parkville and Allen C. Cox of Columbia; and four grandchildren. His wife of 34 years, the former Nell Fraley, died in 1977.

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