Berniece Rodgers Cox, daughter of the late Elmer and Hettie Gailey Harty, was born in Dudley, Mo., on Sept. 16, 1921, and died at the Golden Living Center in Dexter, Mo., on Feb. 5, 2011, at the age of 89.
She had lived in the Dexter, Essex and Aid communities for many years and moved to Puxico, Mo., in 2004. She was a member of the Liberty Hill General Baptist Church near Dexter.
On May 4, 1935, she was married to Earl Rodgers in Poplar Bluff. He preceded her in death on Aug. 23, 1985. On May 6, 1988, she married Henry Cox. He preceded her in death on March 30, 2004.
Surviving are one daughter and spouse, Bonnie and Jim Lankford of Dexter; one son and spouse, Ralph and Carolyn Rodgers of Puxico; one son-in-law, Kenneth Mueller of Wappapello; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Other relatives and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Wanda Mueller; one granddaughter, Andrea Luttrull; one brother; and two sisters.
Visitation was held Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, from 5-8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Roy Sherfield of Dexter and Rev. Bobby Nordyke of Puxico officiating.
Interment followed in the Puxico Cemetery in Puxico with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.