ADRIAN – James “Jim” Glen Fox, age 79, peacefully resigned his space on this earth and passed on to the light of the Lord on July 28, 2019, at home after months of an uphill battle.
He blessed the home of Glen “Benny” and Marguerite (Flint) Fox on December 18, 1939 to the shared joy of two older sisters, Marilyn (Holland) and Barbara (Williams). He entertained them all with his cute but impish antics. He never failed to give his parents something to ponder. Jim excelled in putting rabbit cutlets on the family table while he begrudgingly tapped into the education scene. When grade 12 requirements were met, he graduated in the class of ‘57.
Then, beginning with American Chain and Cable and ending with Adrian Steel, he spent 40 plus years working in various factory settings including Bohn Aluminum, Tecumseh Products, and Ace Drill, as well as a few other “fillers” along the way. Work was a means rather than a burden.
As his work week ended, he was out the door to his favorite Honky Tonks looking forward to the whine of the steel, the harmony of guitars, and the rhythm of the drums. His love for those classic country tunes has never waned – forever embedded in his soul.
Whether it was on the road with the Gold Wing or in the dirt with the knobbies, he respectfully never let his motorcycle be the boss. Jim seldom missed an opportunity to contribute to needed funds via poker runs where he often brought home a trophy. He clicked off many 2-wheeled miles including a trip thru the Blue Ridge Parkway and a visit to the mansion of the “King” with his nephew, Lee.
As the fun was peaking, the methods of seeking the feelings were chased, and while experience taught lessons unrequested the light dawned and the whiskey forever forsaken. Recognized blessings became an equivalent part of new recreation in sober reality.
Although a single church was never chosen, he was a visitor in several and fully embraced the power and blessings of God. That feeling was especially evident in December. A more avid fan of Christmas would be hard to find. He never commented on whether it be a blessing or a curse that he celebrated his birthday just a week before Christmas.
As a dedicated father, a devoted son, and beloved brother, he enjoyed countless family get togethers, vacations to Disney World, trips to Alabama and New York, and proud moments as a father, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather.
When his family began to grow away, he enjoyed his alone time until he met and courted Vicki (Barnett). To the wonderment of each, romance and companionship prevailed. With some reservations, they married, and it stuck.
As time passed and his body grew weary, he recalled motorcycle rides long-passed, rabbits chased in the snow, and deer that crossed the horizons. He thrilled at sights of wildlife running free, maybe with a tinge of envy. He never lost that lust for life but became content with a slower – even paced lifestyle. Eventually even that was challenged. Health issues became the focus and conquering them was the relief, but his greatest efforts were put to rest. He never gave up, but he is now enjoying the fruits of his beliefs.
At the end of this eventful life, he is survived by his wife, Vicki; daughter, Peggy Sloan of Adrian; sister, Marilyn Holland of, Muscle Shoals, AL; grandchildren, Jesse (Patch) Harrison of Hillsdale, Paul Moran of Menominee, MI, Jimmy Fox of Alabama, and Marcelo and Karalena Jain of New York; several great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, dear friends, and beloved orange tabby cats, Mufasa and ZZ. He was preceded in death by a son, James II; his parents; a sister, Barbara Williams; nephew, Lee Fox; many dear friends; a very smart poodle, Jacques IV; and Wesley, a spirited Lhasa Apso.
Jim’s life will be celebrated with music-those old country tunes played by very special and talented friends during visitation from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019, at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh and a funeral service on Friday, August 2, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh with Pastor Greg Burdine officiating
You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to a rescue center of the donor’s choice can be made in Jim’s name. Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh.
Thank you to the very special musicians who were generous and considerate enough to share their time and talents with him upon his departure, and to the many friends and acquaintances who enriched his life. He was truly loved.