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COXE, Granville Davis

Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. II pg.79-80

COXE, GRANVILLE DAVIS. Under modern conditions and organization the
police department of a city like St. Augustine is one of the most important in
the municipal service, and its management requires abilities of an executive
nature, good diplomatic powers, the bravery of a soldier and the broad
judgment of an able general. All of these attributes are found in the
personal make-up of GRANVILLE DAVIS COXE, chief of police of St. Augustine,
and a man who is highly esteemed in his community.
Chief COXE was born February 26, 1880, at Lake City, Florida, and is a
son of RUSSELL HENRY and MARY ESTELLE COXE, natives of Sandersville, Georgia,
where the former was born in 1849 and the latter in 1846. Educated in the
public schools of Georgia, RUSSELL HENRY COXE took up railroading as a young
man and came to Lake City, Florida, where he formed a connection with the old
Florida Central & Peninsular Railway, running from Jacksonville to River
Junction. For many years he was engaged in construction work, in the capacity
of supervisor, with the Florida East Coast Railway, and eventually became
superintendent of the yards at South Jacksonville. During his residence at
Lake City he served as chief of police for about six years, Mr. COXE was a
York and Scottish Rite Mason of the thirty-second degree, and belonged to the
Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery, in all of which he filled various chairs,
in addition to which he held membership in the Knights of Pythias. He was a
member of the Baptist Church, and in political allegiance was a democrat. He
died in 1922, while Mrs. COXE still survives. Of their six sons and four
daughters, nine children are living, GRANVILLE D. being the fifth in order of
GRANVILLE DAVIS COXE attended the public schools and the University of
Florida, at Lake City, following his graduation from which he mastered the art
of telegraphy and was employed by the Western Union Telegraph Company at Fort
White, Florida. He continued to follow telegraphy until 1911, and was then
variously employed until 1913, in which year he joined the police force of the
City of St. Augustine. After serving as patrolman and in other capacities for
six years he was promoted chief of police, a position which he holds at this
time. Chief COXE is a man of physical and moral courage and strength, is a
good disciplinarian and a stern enforcer of the city’s laws, having the
support of the business men and leading citizens of the city for the manner in
which he has made a stand against crime in every form. He belongs to Ashlar
Lodge No. 98; St. Augustine Chapter No. 17, R.A.M.; St. Augustine Commandery
No. 10, K.T.; St. Augustine Lodge of Perfection, S.R.M.; and Morocco Temple,
A.A.O.N.M.S., and also belongs to the Knights of Pythias. His religious faith
is that of the Baptist Church, and in politics he is a democrat.
On December 18, 1910, Chief COXE was united in marriage with Miss
MAUDE ESTELLE JONES, who was born at Milton, Florida, a daughter of JOSEPH B.
and MARY ESTELLE (CARTHEY) JONES, natives of Florida, the former of whom died
in 1919, while the latter is still living. Mrs. COXE is the sixth in order of
birth in a family of four sons and three daughters, of whom six children are
living. To Chief and Mrs. COXE there has been born one son, MILTON RUSSELL.

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