John was born in Texas on July 31, 1935 to Jack and LoraAva Cox. After his Navy years he moved to Los Angeles, CA, and in 1972 he moved to Delhi, CA, which was his final home.
John worked for Western Film Industry training horses and worked with Silver (Roy Rogers’ horse). He also worked on the pipelines. But his passion was for driving trucks (semis), which he did for 65 years. He was a man of his word and he never met a stranger. He helped so many people he didn’t even know.
His first marriage resulted in three daughters. He helped raise his 2nd wife’s five children, then had one last daughter. He has a truckload of great grandchildren and more than a dozen grandchildren. He had a love for horses which he passed on to his children. He raised quarter horses, German rottweilers and miniature dachshunds. He loved animals. John was a member of the NRA, Riflemen’s, AARP, and the American Legion.
He passed away with his family by his side. We know he met his wife at the pearly white gates—he was ready to reunite with his soulmate.
John is survived by his children Lora Fielder of Delhi, CA, Diana McDowell of ID, Carolyn Abbott of ID, Debby Wanner of MN, Joy Anne Perezchica of Turlock, CA, Chrisslyn Prantle of OR, Scott Carpenter of AZ, Jack Carpenter of Sylmar, CA, and Jon Carpenter of Granada, CA; his brothers Charles Cox of TX, Don Cox of TX, and George Cox of NC.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joy Cox, brother Red Cox, and sister Melba Cox.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 from 4-7pm at the funeral home
Funeral Service will be at Allen Mortuary on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 10:00am with burial to follow at Hilmar Cemetery