Norman “Foxy” Fox, age 82, of Freeport passed away unexpectedly at his hardware store on Monday, September 17, 2018.
Norm was born April 2, 1936 in Shepherdstown, Belmont County, Ohio to the late Ralph Edward Fox and Thelma Marie Weir Fox.
Foxy married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Abel on November 28, 1953 and graduated from St. Clairsville High School in 1954. Also surviving are three children: Bryan (Tammy) Fox of New Athens, Debra (Mike) Wilden of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Tina (Mark Fields) Fox of Freeport; a brother Vernon (Nancy) Fox of Ocala, Florida; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
After graduation he worked for Delaney Chevrolet of St. Clairsville, Y&O Coal Company of Cadiz for seventeen years, R&F Coal for twenty years, owner and operated Foxy’s Air Conditioning and Refrigeration business and taught adult classes at Belmont JVS. In 1996 he and his wife opened their hardware store in Freeport. They called it Crossing Hardware because of his love of trains. He was always a hard worker and excelled at whatever job he had.
He was an advanced EMT with the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He loved helping his patients and he cared for many of his friends and his hardware customers while an EMT. He always appreciated customers and friends. He was also a member of the Freeport F&AM #515, and the Freeport Presbyterian Church. He was a former member of a sportsmen’s club where he loved to compete in archery competitions.
Visitation will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Also Thursday evening a Masonic service will start at 6:30 p.m. and a Firemen service will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 in the Freeport Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jim McConnell officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmont Union Cemetery, Freeport.