CHARLESTON – Charleston attorney Randy Cox died suddenly Oct. 19 in Charleston while participating in a sporting event.
Cox, 62, was an attorney at Spilman Thomas & Battle in Charleston, where his primary areas of practice were government relations, insurance regulatory work, environmental work, telecommunications and corporate law.
Steve Roberts, the president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, said Cox was a wonderful friend and a kind person.
"Randy was a good friend, and we will dearly miss him," Roberts said.
Roberts said Cox was the best sense of what a lobbyist was and that he had a long history of always knowing the issues in bills and helping to make sure the legislators knew the issues.
Cox was a longtime member of the Chamber's Board of Directors and was the immediate past Chairman of the state Chamber's Government Relations Committee, Roberts said.
During his life, Cox served in then Gov. Jay Rockefeller's administration as counsel to the West Virginia Coal Development Authority; counsel of the West Virginia Life & Health Guaranty Association; and counsel of West Virginia HMO Guaranty Association, among others.
Charleston attorney Harry Bell of the Bell Law Firm said Cox was a fine man.
"Randy was a good person," Bell said. "He was always pleasant and always trying to find a way to work out the necessary compromises to accomplish his best for his clients."
Bell said Cox was also an exceptional lobbyist.
"As a lobbyist, he was excellent at navigating those waters in a very respectful fashion," Bell said. "I am so sad for Ann and his family."
Roberts said Cox will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, loyalty to friends and organizations and an unwavering sense that the world will be a better place when the standard of living improves for all.
Cox earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1971, his Masters in Business Administration in 1973 and his law degree from the University of Miami in 1976.
Cox was also a former chairman of the board at the Charleston YMCA, a former chairman of the board of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.
Cox is survived by his wife, Ann Bradley, and his two adult children. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.