Sheila D. (Burton) Cox, 64, of Columbus, passed from this life on August 10, 2017, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
She was born in Columbus, on February 8, 1953, to Lawrence and Minnie Louise Henderson Burton. She was the second youngest of five children. She was married to Clarence for 34 years and had 3 children, Lisa (Jim) Evans, Annie (Brian) Elkins, and Lori (Roy) Warner. She had 3 step-children, Rick, Dawn, and Kelly Cox. She had 9 grandchildren, Kyla, Erica, Christopher, Brookelyn, Josh, Austin, Keeliah, Joshua and Dayla. She had 4 great-grandchildren, Lianna, Alayah, Marley and James. She is survived by siblings, Hazel, Mike, and Jeannie.
Sheila had worked as a janitor at Decatur County schools. Most recently, she worked part-time at Big Lots stocking shelves and helping out others in any way that she could.
She received an adult education GED in 1985.
Growing up, Sheila was the toughest softball player around. She played in many local and state competitions for women and co-ed teams. She could play any position on the field. When she was at bat, she ran the bases like she was on fire. She turned the best double plays and could catch any ball that came to her. She had battle scars that she loved to brag about and share her memories of. She also loved her bowling league back in the day. Her and her husband bowled on co-ed leagues and spent all their time with friends at the bowling alley.
Sheila enjoyed reading and studying the Word of God and enjoyed her computer games like Farkle. She is known for the love of her Hershey chocolate. She would have them hidden everywhere so she never ran out.
She gave her heart to God and became a member of Hope Community Church where she helped build the fellowship hall and worked harder than any man there. She started a Helping Hands ministry where she supplied backpacks, coats, and food to children and families in need. Her life was all about others. She then became a member of The Ridge Church where she poured her heart into volunteering and helping others. Sheila was known for her selflessness and generous heart. She remained a strong and faithful Christian all the days of her life.
Sheila is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Carolyn Turnmire.
The service will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Hope Church of God. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of service. Burial will follow at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Hope Church of God.