Berkeley County announces the passing of Councilman Kevin Cox
Berkeley County Councilman Kevin Cox passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26. According to an announcement about his death by Berkeley County’s Public Information Office, Councilman Cox had served District 1, representing most of the City of Hanahan, since January 2017. Prior to serving on county council, he was a councilman at the City of Hanahan. Kevin Cox and his wife, Janet Watson Cox, were 1982 graduates of Hanahan High School. Kevin and Janet graduated from The College of Charleston with degrees in business administration and education respectively.
Kevin Cox leaves behind his wife Janet and their three daughters, Keri Cox Ballentine, Chelsea Cox, and Ashley Cox, who were also graduates of Hanahan High School. He also leaves behind two granddaughters. Kevin was a retired federal special agent with the Internal Revenue Service. He entered public service as a Hanahan City Councilman in 2006, following in the footsteps of his father, Charles “Charlie” Cox, and his father-in-law, Ralph Watson.
Kevin enjoyed the outdoors and was a passionate coach and spectator of fastpitch softball. He enjoyed boating, hunting and fishing with his family. He was focused on fiscal responsibility and always worked hard to save the county money.
“Kevin Cox was not only a colleague, but a dear friend,” stated Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb. “He was a true public servant who worked tirelessly for Hanahan and all of Berkeley County. His passion for the community was evident from the minute you met him. Cox was a family man above all else, who was focused on improving the lives of those around him. On behalf of county council, our condolences are with his family and friends who are experiencing a tremendous loss right now.”
According to an obituary shared by Carolina Funeral Home & Carolina Memorial Gardens at www.dignitymemorial.com, Mr. Cox was 55 at the time of his death. A memorial service to celebrate his life was held on Monday, Sept. 30, at the Hanahan Recreational Department’s Field 4, located on Bettis Boat Landing Road. The family asked that guests bring “ball field” chairs to the service to honor Kevin’s love for softball.