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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.

Reed Cox Cemetery (A-A), Grayson County, Virginia
Name Birth Death Comments
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