Prominent AGS Jeweler Ronnie Cox Dies

Cox was a board member of the American Gem Society and winner of its Shipley Award

Ronnie Cox, a Sweetwater, Texas, jeweler who was active in the American Gem Society and his local community, died July 19. He was 73.

His store, Cox Jewelers, was founded by his grandfather in 1886. Cox took over its operations in 1965. After more than 40 years, he shut the store in 2012, with Cox telling the local press the decision to close up shop was “the hardest decision” he’d ever made.

Cox served as board member of the American Gem Society and its laboratory. In 2011, the group gave him its Robert M. Shipley Award, its highest honor.

“Ronnie was instrumental in forming the partnership between AGS and Wells Fargo Bank, a partnership that has flourished over the years,” AGS executive director Ruth Batson wrote on Facebook. “He was a highly respected leader and advisor within our association and to so many of us, a great friend.”

Cox was active locally, serving as past president of the local chamber of commerce and board president of Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his wife Sally, daughter Lisa, son Jason, and two grandsons.

An online obituary can be seen here

(Photo courtesy of the American Gem Society)

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