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Deputy Sheriff Larry Cox

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, June 26, 1970

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Larry Cox

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your courage and sacrifice. Always remembered. May the cowards who took your life suffer and rot.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

June 26, 2020

Deputy Sheriff Silva,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of DeSoto County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 26, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Cox.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 9, 2019

I knew Larry Cox while working as a Mississippi Highway Patrolman in Desoto County from 1968 until 1974. On June 26, 1970 myself and Patrolman Tony Smith sat just north of Hernando on US Highway 51. The Hernando jail dispatcher Richard Williams notified us that a lady had called saying she saw a car with blue lights flashing on Pleasant Hill Road just north of Goodman Road. She did not see anyone around the patrol car. Myself MHP E-18 and Tony Smith MHP E-43 responded immediately. Larry's red patrol car was sitting northbound on Pleasant Hill just as the lady had reported. Larry's body was in front next to the side of the road. We searched all night for the fugitives who had done this deed. Larry was a good man who just wanted to serve. I will never forget his cigars there beside his body. As a Baptist preacher for the past 40 years, I have told his story and sharing how one man gave his life for many. Thank God we still have men like Larry Cox who are will to serve us in our communities.

Dr David Ard
Retired Mississippi Highway Patrol

May 10, 2018

Deputy Cox your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to DeSoto County and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD

June 27, 2016

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the Citizens of and County of DeSoto County! Continue to Rest in Peace Deputy Cox!
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

June 26, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 26, 2015

I want to add Larrys siblings names. GWENDOLYN(still with us)--- DAVID LEE(deceased),--- CAROLYN(deceased)--- LESLIE(still with us)--- SHERRY(still with us)--- LINDA(still with us),--- NANCY(still with us)....I pray for these children to find some peace.

Tabitha Peek

February 11, 2014

I am Tabitha Peek, the daughter of Sherry Cox, (Larrys younger sister). I just want all to know that Deputy Cox is still sorely missed and was mentioned in conversation just this morning. I wonder how the men who killed Uncle Kendall feel about things today.(Larrys name was Lawrence Kendall Cox, I only knew him as Uncle Kendall) I wonder if they have any remorse, if there is by chance an apology. Mothers life was deeply affected by the loss of her older brother. They were raised in very poor conditions and Uncle Kendal was making something of himself. He had even promised to send mother to college. She never got that chance.

Tabitha Peek

February 11, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 30, 2012

Larry K. Cox,(Kendall to his family & friends) was, if memory serves, thirty-nine years of age when he was killed during the traffic stop on june 26th 1970. He left behind a wife, Betty Jo (nee Harmon), an adopted daughter Pamela Ann, a brother David Lee, sisters Gwendoline, Carolyn, Leslie Jean,& Nancy Sue (forgive me if any are omitted) and many other kinfolks who love and miss him & think of him often. I was 14 yoa at the time of his death but I remember the times he would visit and the impact that this tragedy had on our family. Kendall was a good man and a fine officer of the law. While many would shoot first and ask questions later, he was the type to ask questions first. He showed kindness to many who were themselves not kind to him. An article was published in the early 1970's in true crime or true detective magazine titled, Did Deputy Cox die needlessly? that told the story of his EOW and also the type of man/officer that he was. He always called me Bobby, never Uncle Bob, (he was, after all, a good bit older than me.) I remember going to his home where he took me to the metal shop where he worked part time. I also saw my first episode of Mannix watching tv with Betty Jo while we waited for him to come home from his shift. I love you, Kendall and look forward to someday being reunited with you and all the family that has gone before..... God needs officers too. With love, Bobby Dye

bob dye
his uncle

April 11, 2010

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 29, 2007

I have a friend by the same name there in heaven with you. Maybe you have met him. He was with the Chillicothe Ohio Police Dept. He too was shot and killed in the line of duty. May God be with you.

April 22, 2006

I have never meet you but I have meet or talked to many of your friends and family. May God be with you and your family.

Lt Jerald Wheeler
Southaven Police Department

October 19, 2004

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