Long Time Local Historian, CCTD Columnist Camilla Cox Dead at 95

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Camilla Cox
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Long time local historian, and CCTD columnist, Camilla Cox died Thursday, January 3, at Piggott Community Hospital. She was 95.

A local native, and lifelong Piggott resident, she was involved in the family business, Cox Lumber Company, for a number of years as bookkeeper. Following her retirement she became on of the area's leading authorities in genealogy, and was instrumental in documenting the histories of hundreds of regional families.

Following her time at PHS, Cox attended college in Batesville at what is now Lyon College, for two years. In addition to working as a linotype operator for several years at the local newspaper, she taught school for a brief time.

Throughout her life in Piggott she was an active member of the First Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher for various age groups over the years. She also served as the church clerk for over 40 years, holding the job longer than anyone else had.

For most of her life, Cox's passion was genealogy and local history. She was one of the founding members of the Clay County Genealogical and Historical Society, and was instrumental in gathering information for a number of publications—most notably a register of Clay County cemeteries. For many years she has written a genealogy column which appeared in the Clay County Times-Democrat, and its predecessor, The Piggott Times. Her blogs are also featured on the CCTD website, and regularly draw dozens of readers. Thanks to her foresight, much of the research has since been donated to the Piggott Public Library and may be found in their extensive genealogy section.

Visitation, and a memorial service, were held Sunday, Jan. 6, at Piggott Mortuary. The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website. Her blog may also be found on this website, and includes over 300 entries she made prior to her death.

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