Meridian Star

March 2, 2014

Lyda Richardson Cox


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Lyda Richardson Cox, 97, of Clinton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Meridian. She was a dedicated Christian wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Lyda was born on Nov. 2, 1916, in the Brownsville Community in Hinds County, where she was one of 9 children born to Perry S. Richardson Sr. and Allie Bowering Richardson.

    Lyda is the last of the nine children to join her family in Heaven. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, James H. Cox.

    Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Cox Easom (Charles) of Meridian; her granddaughter, Caren E. Philley of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; and her great- grandson, Reagan Philley, also of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Lyda was a very dedicated family member, leaving behind numerous special nieces and nephews.

    She began life as a team member of a large farming family. Lyda, like the other children in the Richardson family, worked the farm, along with going to school. When the time came for high school studies, she attended Hinds Junior College Agricultural High School, where, while still in high school, she played on the Hinds Junior College basketball team. She played for Hinds Junior College from 1933 to 1937, and was recognized in 1935 and 1936 as an All-State first team guard on the HJC championship basketball team. In 1936-37, she was selected to captain the HJC basketball team. In track and field events, she won state junior college recognition for relay running, broad jumping and baseball throw. Earning more points than any other HJC athlete, Lyda received special recognition for her accomplishments. Lyda was a graduate of Mississippi Teacher’s College, now the University of Southern Mississippi, with a degree in Elementary Education.

    In 1985, as recognition of her stellar Junior College career, she was honored to be a charter inductee into the first Hinds Junior College Sports Hall of Fame.

    She and James began their teaching careers in Baldwyn, where James taught and coached football and Lyda taught and coached girls’ basketball. After moving to Jackson, she taught elementary school and retired from the Jackson Public Schools, after 25 years of service.

    While living in Clinton, she was an active member of Morrison Heights Baptist Church and upon her move to Raymond, she became a member of Raymond First Baptist Church. In her latter years, she lived in Meridian, to be closer to her daughter, and that is where she was living at the time of her death.

    Stephens Funeral Home of Meridian and Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home of Jackson are in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held Monday, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., at Lakewood Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at 11 a.m. in Lakewood Memorial Park.  Graveside service will be conducted by her nephew, Reverend Brian Richardson.

    Her nephews, Dr. Bill Moore, Dr. Joe Bullock, Dr. Douglas Richardson, Perry S. Richardson, III, Van Richardson and Bob Richardson will serve as pall bearers and two special nephews in-law, Bubba Parker and Andy Hughes, will serve as honorary pall bearers.