Robert W. Fox, 83, of Waynesburg, died at 6:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
He was born Thursday, December 27, 1928, in Mt. Morris, son of the late Ollie J. Fox and Blanche Taylor Fox.
Mr. Fox was a member of First Baptist Church of Waynesburg, where he had served as moderator for 17 years, head usher for 30 years and deacon for several years. He was a 62-year member of Waynesburg Volunteer Fire Company and had served as president for 25 years.
He was a life member of Waynesburg Lions Club, where he was a Melvin Jones Recipient. He was also a Waynesburg Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
He was a member of Greene County Country Club and served on the board of the Jupiter Ocean and Racquet Club in Jupiter, Fla., where he and his wife, Betty Anne, had a winter home and enjoyed spending winters together.
He was a member of Waynesburg Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM and was also a Shriner.
He was a past member of Central Greene School Board and had served as president during the time the new high school was being built. He also had served on the Greene County Industrial Development Board.
He was a member of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association and had served as president from 1997 to 1998. He was the first chairman and one of the founding members of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association Foundation. He was a Time magazine 2002 Quality Dealer Award nominee and Waynesburg’s Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen in 2003. For 22 years, he served on the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan of Greene County.
He was a 1946 graduate of Waynesburg High School. Following his graduation, he began working as a mechanic at the Fox Motor Co. in Waynesburg. On November 1, 1964, he became a partner with Ollie J. Fox and Willis E. Fox in Fox Auto Sales of Waynesburg. In 1978, he became the sole owner of Fox Auto Sales and was still serving as president of Fox Ford Inc. at the time of his death.
On August 22, 1948, he married Betty Anne Gideon, who survives.
Also surviving are four sons and their wives, Ronald B. (Rachel) Fox, David R. (Nancy) Fox, Mark E. (Shari) Fox and Timothy J. (Mary) Fox, all of Waynesburg; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor (John) Pinkham, of Mountain Home, Idaho; a brother, Vaughn D. (Sandy) Fox of Painesville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Waynesburg Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 392, Waynesburg, PA 15370; First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 303 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370; or Pennsylvania Automotive Association Foundation, c/o Pa. Automotive Association, P.O. Box 2955, Harrisburg, PA 17105.