Reed Cox Cemetery (A-A)
Grayson County, Virginia
Location: Gold Hill area
Directions: From Independence go west on Wilson Hwy (US 58) about 7 1/2 mi to Gold Hill Rd (Rt 681). The cemetery is south (left) of Wilson Hwy due east of and within sight of the new Gold Hill Church.
GPS Coordinates: N36.617420 W81.266159
Surveyed by: Joe W. Phipps ca 1993. It was revisited by Rich and Ginger Ballard in May 2003.
Comments: By tradition, this was originally a Phipps slave cemetery. At his specific request, Ben Phipps was buried here with his slaves. His grave was unmarked until many years later when Stark Phipps (a great-nephew of Ben) and Reed Cox (an African-American minister) jointly paid for a stone for Ben Phipps. Still later a descendant of Ben Phipps had his remains moved to another cemetery which could be maintained better. Sadly, Reed Cox is himself buried here in an unmarked grave.
|POE, Lonnie||27 Apr 1882||25 Jan 1951||double stone with next|
|POE, Mattie||23 Jul 1900||15 Jul 1943||[nee Maxwell]|
|VALENTINE, J. Frank||16 Apr 1864||19 Jan 1923|
|VALENTINE, J.B.||1 Jan 1903||12 Jun 1930|
|MAXWELL, Luther Roosevelt||3 Jan 1905||3 Dec 1957|
|GENTRY, Lucinda||1 Aug 1854||11 Feb 1906|
|Known to be buried here|
|McKINNEY, Cindy Jones||dates unknown|
|McMILLIAN, Palford Frank||[27 Mar 1926]||[ca 1948]|
|COX, Reed||[1 Jun 1852]||[15 Nov 1941]||[As a young boy, he was slave of Billy Bryant. When the Civil War ended, and he was freed, he was given about 100 acres in the “colored section” of this portion of the County. He was a preacher.]; unmarked|
|COX, Julia Harriett||[ca 1855]||[Oct 1952]||[funeral held 19 Oct 1952; w/o Reed Cox]; no marker|
|VALENTINE, Gensie Ann||15 May 1875||24 May 1957||[d/o Mose Phipps & Phoeba Holloway; w/o James Frank Valentine]|
|Many more unmarked graves|