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Randall Cox Dies After Car Crash

By O. Ethan Brown

Mountain Echo sports reporter Randall Cox, 80, passed away Feb. 3, surrounded by his wife Dorothy Cox and family, at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, after a rollover vehicle accident in Ironton.

Cox was traveling northbound on Highway 21 in Ironton in his 2010 Mercury, at 2:53 p.m. He attempted to pass a vehicle that was going 40-45 miles per hour, but upon returning to the right lane went off the road and down a grassy slope at approximately 60 miles per hour. His vehicle took out the southern-most stop sign, hit a tree, and rolled into one of the modular homes at Mimosa Senior Park.

Mountain Echo editor Ethan Brown arrived at the scene soon after and was told by Sheriff Roger Medley and bystanders that Cox was able to communicate with first responders. Cox related that he had just left the bank and was on his way home, Medley said.

Jaws of Life was used to extricate Cox from the semi-upside-down vehicle, taking under 15 minutes. He was transported by ambulance to Iron County Medical Center and then flown by Air Evac to Mercy Medical Center, arriving around 5 p.m.

Cox, a retired educator, will be dearly remembered for his love of sports and history. Funeral arrangements have not  been announced. A more detailed history of his life and works will be published in the Feb. 12 issue of the Mountain Echo.


  1. Kathryn Miller Duree on February 5, 2020 at 8:18 am

    He led by example; a fine man and teacher to be remembered as a valued part of growing up in the Valley. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers for you and your family Dorothy. God Bless

  2. Joan Hammond on February 4, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    RIP report back from beyond if possible, because you will be direly missed

  3. Mary kirkpatrick on February 4, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    I have known Randal for as long as I can remember he used to be a teacher of mine as well as Dorothy it is truly shocking he has passed and he will always and forever live in mine and everyone’s lives he has touched rest easy Randal and may god bless everyone

  4. Travis Harrison on February 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Uncle Randall taught me some of the Joy’s of life at an early age. Bottle cap ball, chess, and of course basketball. Thanks for taking some of your time to teach this somewhat backward timid boy these social games that improved my skills for the game of life.

  5. Angel on February 4, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    He was a wonderful man. He took so much pride in taking the pictures of the kids playing in sports and other pictures he did.
    I absolutely loved how he made sure he would get the picture he needed weather he was there 20 or 30 mins early.
    He will be dearly missed by all.
    Prayers to all his family.

  6. GAry an Missy Phegley on February 4, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    As while everyone reading this will have a memory of Randal He was a Great HS Teacher,Coach, Referee And many many more things he has accomplished in his life so much more are hearts go out to his wife Dorthey and all family and friends. You will be sadly missed by every one Thanks for the memories you have left us.

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