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Dawn Cox

Jul 19th, 1965 - May 24th, 2023

Funeral: 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Visitation: 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the funeral home

Interment: Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery, Flora


     Dawn Lee Cox, age 57, of Louisville, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home, as the early light of daybreak appeared on Wednesday morning, May 24, 2023.

     She was born July 19, 1965, in Flora, the daughter of Charles H. and Dorothy (Bowen) Payne.  Dawn married Darrell Wayne Cox on September 3, 1983, in Flora, and they have celebrated 39 wedding anniversaries together.

     Dawn considered her children and grandchildren to be the ultimate blessing, and she embraced all of life’s precious moments with Darrell and her family.  Since childhood, Dawn loved taking photos, and this lifelong interest eventually led to the creation of Dawn Cox Photography, where she had the opportunity to touch the lives of many others with her beautiful images.  She enjoyed taking pictures outdoors, and especially loved the simple splendor of pretty flowers.  She attended Louisville Baptist Church, and placed Christ as her cornerstone.  Dawn knew and shared the promise that better days were coming, whether on earth or in heaven.  She encouraged and inspired others to never stop putting trust in Him and the assurance of eternal life in the brightest new morning light.

     She is survived by her husband: Darrell Cox of Louisville; a daughter: Abby (Danny) Frohling of Flora; a son: Curtis Wayne Cox of Baltimore; 2 grandchildren: Emma and Eli Frohling; her mother: Dorothy Payne of Flora; 3 siblings: Danny (Dodie) Payne of Flora, Rebecca Payne of Flora, and Ricky Payne of Flora; mother-in-law: Marilyn Cox of Flora; 3 sisters-in-law: Nancy (Randy) Hardy of Clay City, Sandy (Brian) Gansauer of Salem, and Carla (Travis) Hildebrand of Louisville; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; 3 aunts: Lorene Steele, Elsie Hinkle, and Zelda Devore; an uncle: Warren Kilpatrick; and many special friends, including Linda Knapp.

     She was preceded in death by her father; her father-in-law: Carl Wayne Cox; a sister-in-law: Becky Payne; and several aunts and uncles.

     A funeral ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Pastor Kelly Carruthers officiating.  Interment will follow in Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery, Flora.  A visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Cancer Crusaders, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:  


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Amanda Butcher

May 25th

I am so sorry for your loss, sending many prayers for you and your family through this difficult time.

Mary Reynolds

May 25th

Rest In Peace my friend 💔 My condolences to family 🙏

Mike and Sharon Gray

May 25th

Dawn was a beautiful person and will be missed by many. Prayers of comfort for all the family and friends.

Michelle Hawkins and family

May 25th

Many Prayers to the Payne and Cox family. She was such a beautiful person and now she is a beautiful Angel. Love to you all.

Nancy Dehart

May 25th

So very sorry to hear of Dawn’s passing. Prayers for you all. She will be missed.

Brenda L Bullard

May 25th

RIP my sweet friend. I will be watching that backlight. 📷📸

Sherri Milner

May 25th

So many memories I will hold dear to me. Dawn had such a sweet soul. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family ❤️🙏

Scott and Maria Boose

May 25th

Dawn, we thank you for all the good memories you helped us create with your beautiful work. you are truly a Godly soul! you will be missed but this is not a goodbye! we will see you in the other side.

Meryl Woods Jr

May 25th

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friend's.

Danny, Brenda Bradham

May 25th

Friends from childhood we still remain friends you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sandra Henson

May 25th

Big hugs to all.

Steve and Ruthie Welty

May 25th

It's hard to know what to say at a time like this, but know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Connie Dow

May 25th

Aunt Dorothy, Darrell and family…..My heart breaks at this very sad time, but knowing Dawn is without pain and fear right now is so wonderful. I pray for all to have comfort and continued faith & blessings.

Diane Caudle

May 25th

My condolences to her family and friends.🙏

Bill and Robin Cox

May 25th

We are so very sorry for your loss.

Joyce Watson

May 25th

So sorry for your loss. I'm thankful I got the opportunity to be friends with Dawn. She was a wonderful lady. I'm thinking of all the wonderful pictures she can take in heaven. You all are in my thoughts &prayers. RIP my friend

Wanda Hollinsworth

May 25th

I'm so sorry for your loss. Dawn was a great friend and one of the nicest people I know.

Lori Dennis Antrim

May 25th

So very sorry for your loss. Continued prayers for Darrell and Family! May God be with you in this time of sorrow.

Jerry and Virginia Dennis

May 25th

She will be missed, she was a special lady and a great friends , prayers for the family!

Rob & Teresa Boose

May 25th

Darrell, may God hold you and your family close in his arms in your time of need. Dawn will be missed by many!

Debbie Lamb

May 25th

She was such a nice person, so glad to have known her. My thoughts go out to the family.

Tom & Lou Ann Carpenter

May 25th

So sorry to hear this. Was so hoping she was going to win this fight.

Rhesa Eckelberry

May 25th

Sorry for your loss

Trudy Hart

May 25th

So sorry for your loss. I'm thankful I got the opportunity to be friends with Dawn. She had a beautiful soul inside and out. She will be missed dearly.


May 25th

I'm so sorry for your loss. She inspired people everyday to have hope and not give up. Dawn fought such a brave battle. Dawn is definitely an Angel in heaven.

Judy Holroyd

May 25th

So sorry to hear this. Dawn was such a good person. I enjoyed working with her.

Terry Igert

May 25th

You have our deepest sympathies!! Dawn was a wonderful person!!!

Troy and Sandy Thomas

May 25th

Darrell and family…So sorry for your loss. Dawn was such a sweet lady. She took the Best Pictures. She will be missed by many.

Lisa Erbacher

May 25th

Thinking and praying for all of Dawn's family. So sorry for your loss.

Cheryl and Dennis Fancher

May 25th

Aunt Dorothy and all Dawn’s family, we are so sorry for the heartache of this loss and the difficulties of the trials you all have suffered this past year. Prayers continue for you all.

Dana Misenhimer

May 25th

Rest in peace sweet friend. You have earned your spot in heaven. Condolences to the family.

Jessica Workman and family

May 26th

So very grateful to have known such a sweet, beautiful woman. Prayers to the family in the days ahead and finding comfort that she is in the arms of the Lord.

Mike and Marshia Blocker

May 26th

We are so sorry for your loss! Our prayers are with you and your family.

Mindy Green

May 27th

I’m truly sorry for your loss ! May God give you comfort and peace during these trying times. .


May 27th

Thoughts and prayers! Love Eric, Lucy & Daisey May Williams

Karen Frost Riggins

May 27th

Deepest condolences. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

Brad and Tina Briscoe

May 28th

So sorry for your loss. I will miss her smile and her laughter. I will cherish the photos she took of our family she enjoyed catching special moments such as my grandson urinating on a tree. My grandkids always made her work hard to get a picture of them!! She was a very special lady!! Hugs and prayers!!

Jerry and. Carolyn Bible

May 28th

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dawns family. 💕

Jill Windle Butts

May 28th

Such a strong, courageous woman. Many prayers for her family.

Jodi Walker

May 29th

To the Cox and Payne families I am so sorry for your loss. Dawn was a wonderful lady. She was a fighter and fought hard. May she rest in peace.


May 30th

I am so sorry, sending prayers and love from St. Louis

Deb & Harry Ritchie

May 30th

Thoughts and prayers

Alice Totten and Jeremy

May 30th


Barb. Payne Bristol

May 31st

My heart breaks for all of you. I'm sorry I couldn't be there for you all today. You are all in my thoughts and prayers

Ronda Bezroukoff

June 1st

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for the family.



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