Kenneth O. Cox, 84, of Yucaipa, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, following heart surgery.
Born Aug. 22, 1934, in Chicago, Kenneth was the son of two Oklahomans, Otto and Laura Cox. The family was in Chicago because of Otto’s work but eventually relocated to Oklahoma, where Kenneth grew up.
Kenneth attended Adventist boarding school and what is today Southwestern Adventist University in Kenne, Texas, graduating in 1955. He also studied at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, at the time located in Takoma Park, Md.
He initially served in churches in Texas and New Mexico before being called to the Chesapeake Conference as an evangelist, which was followed by evangelistic work in Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Kenneth began touring the globe, with notable campaigns in Costa Rica and Melbourne, Australia. In 1997 he joined the Voice of Prophecy ministry, at the time led by Lonnie Melashenko, as a field evangelist and remained with that ministry for four years. He then began his own ministry, which continued until the time of his death.
His books and Bible studies have been popular. His career as a Seventh-day Adventist evangelist spanned decades, continents and time zones.
His first wife, Marilyn who passed away in 1974 following a brief illness, preceded him in death.
Kenneth is survived by a daughter, Laura Becker of Loma Linda, son James R. Cox, stepsons Bart and Bob Vaughan and several grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending.