Wanna Cox went home to be with our Lord on Feb. 9, 2018.

Wanna Jenell Jacobs was born in Sylvester (near Abilene) on June 27, 1937, to Sam and Sadie Jacobs.

She was the ninth of 12 children – Luther Bryant (Bo), Johnie Lewis, Mildred Ione, Francis Warren, Mozelle Louise (Gal), Clarence (Sonny), Sammie David (Chongo), Billie Randel, Richard Doyle, Wanna Jenell, Laura Etta Ann, and Patricia Carroll.

Wanna grew up in Early and graduated from Early High School in 1955.

She then attended Howard Payne University.

Wanna married Harold Dean Cox, of Brookesmith, at Jones Chapel Baptist Church in Early, in 1956. Soon after, they moved to Lake Jackson.

She began working at the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union in 1959. She and Theo Fabacher were the two original employees. After 34 years of managing the Credit Union, Wanna spent 15 years working as the District Office Manager for the Brazoria County Senate Office of Senator Buster Brown and Senator Kyle Janek.

We all remember Wanna as a “Take Charge” person. She modeled grace and integrity in all of her accomplishments, and influenced those around her to strive for excellence. She loved everyone that came in her path, and reached out to bring people together. She was known to “fix the broken”, heal the sick, and serve others compassionately. She exemplified servant leadership, but taught all of us that love was our greatest denominator, no matter if we seemed unlovable. Her unwavering commitment to others made her our “go to” friend. She gave Godly advice freely, and taught others to trust in our Lord at all times.

Wanna was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She served many years as President of PEO, a philanthropic women’s organization. She also served two years as the President of Riverside Country Club. She loved playing tennis and continued to play until last year. There are 34 championship trophies on her side of the trophy case.

Wanna poured life into others through her work, through her family and through her many other passions – girls’ softball coach, VOE students, tennis, mission trips to Malaysia, Africa, Switzerland, and St Louis; LJ Church of Christ, High School Girls’ Class, Ladies Class, PEO, Brazoria County Day in Austin Committee, East Freeport Church of Christ VBS, Singing Hills and Camp Bandina Christian Camps, and Habitat for Humanity.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold Dean Cox; her daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Greg Brooke of Plano, Jamie and Keith Lawlis of Round Rock. Her pride and joy are her four grandsons Daniel Brooke, Christian Brooke, Sam Lawlis, and Jacob Lawlis and her first granddaughter, Sam’s wife, Rachel. Also surviving are sisters Ann Nentwig and her husband, Don; and Pat Winkleman and her husband, Carlos; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Lake Jackson Church of Christ, 402 Center Way. A Celebration of Wanna’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at the Lake Jackson Church of Christ.



Ish Tanner


GOLDTHWAITE — Funeral services for Ish Tanner, 91, of Regency, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home in Goldthwaite. Burial will follow at the Regency Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

He died Jan. 27, 2018.

He was born Aug. 20, 1926 to Lonnie Tanner and Nora Alma Parrish Tanner in Clarksville. He married Rose LaFon Teal on Oct. 25, 1944 in Lubbock. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include his children, Jimmy Tanner of Arkansas, Philip and Gloria Tanner of Garland, Cristy Bennett of Robinson, Melissa and Dennis Gist of Iola, Colorado, Thea Tanner Rasins of Topeka, Kansas, Bo and Orren Tidwell of Fort Worth, and Dawn Tanner Gaede of Midlothian; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, LaNora Welch of Brownfield; and sister-in-law, Jane Kennedy of Brownfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife Rose LaFon Teal Tanner; his sisters, Mary Lampe and Lois Tanner; and his brother, Leon Tanner.