Harrogate, Tennessee, October 31, 2017— William Eugene Cox, of Spring Hill, Tennessee, was inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Literary Hall of Fame on October 14, 2017, during the University’s annual Homecoming celebration.
Cox came to LMU in 1960 from Keokee, Virginia. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in history in three years, graduating in 1963. Cox taught high school for two years, and then served in the U.S. Navy for two years.
In 1967, Cox began a 31-year career with the National Park Service. He trained as a historian at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona before becoming the historian at Natchez Trace Parkway. He later served as a historian at Antietam National Battlefield, interpretive specialist at Kings Mountain National Military Park and assistant chief interpreter at Natchez Trace Parkway before heading home. From 1974 to 1977, Cox was chief of interpretation for the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, also training in the Department of Interior’s Mid-Level Manager Development Program.
In 1977, Cox set out for Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania. He served as chief of interpretation there and later at New River Gorge National River in West Virginia and Everglades National Park in Florida. Cox was also regional chief of interpretation for the Park Service’s Midwestern Regional Office before settling into his final assignment as chief of interpretation for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cox served there from 1991 until he retired in 1998.
Cox authored many informative and educational publications related to the parks he served. Many of these publications remain in print, including a new format of Hensley Settlement: A Mountain Community at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
In retirement, Cox has continued to write, using his educational, work and life experiences to inform his projects. Cox served on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, and he and his wife, Joyce, also served as fact checkers for the Encyclopedia. In 2001, Cox published the History of Washington County Tennessee, which won local, state and national awards. He and Joyce co-authored Jonesborough’s Historic Churches in 2006, receiving the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Special Award of Distinction and a Certificate of Merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission.
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