Arlie Chandler "Punkie" Cox, Jr., 49, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Sheridan, Ind. on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 12, 2019.

Born in Noblesville, Ind. on Jan. 26, 1970, he was the son of Arlie Chandler and Freida Lynn (Johnson) Cox.

He was a 1988 graduate of Sheridan High School and attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

For ten years, Mr. Cox was a quality control inspector with Biddle Precision Components in Sheridan. He would later hire on with Fabcon in Westfield, doing quality control inspections with the company for the next five years.

Mr. Cox loved his life and his family, and most of all he loved to have fun. Baseball incorporated all three of those loves. From his childhood days playing in the Sheridan Rec. Little League program through his adult years playing in whatever baseball and softball league he could join, he couldn't get enough. When he wasn't playing his enthusiasm shifted to coaching. Though he worked with many Little League teams over the years, the pride of his coaching career were the years he coached his daughters’ softball teams.

His favorite sports team was the Dodgers. If the Dodgers weren't playing that day, then his loyalty switched to whichever team had a chance of taking down the Big Red Machine. The Cincinnati Reds didn't garner all of his ill wishes; he was a vocal supporter of anyone, and I repeat, anyone who was playing the Dallas Cowboys. For Mr. Cox, there was a certain pride he felt when either team was on the losing side of a game. He was an avid collector of baseball cards, and was ecstatic anytime he would happen across his favorite player of all time, Nolan Ryan.

He had a deep appreciation for music and loved listening to The Beatles. He was a whiz with computers, always tinkering around, building and fixing them. He also loved going fishing anytime he got the chance, and if his brother-in-law Gene and the nephews got to come along - even better. There was one other activity that he was known for: Arlie, Jr., much like Arlie, Sr., loved to tease and torment his friends and family. For him, it was his way of saying “I love you guys,” and for those on the receiving end, it will be a source of many cherished memories. “Hey, do you remember the time when Arlie did . . . ?”
Survivors include his parents, Arlie and Freida Cox of Sheridan; his wife Carrie (Heffelmire) Cox; his three daughters; Ashley Jump of Portland, Ind., Hannah Jackson of Texas and Hallie Cox of Arcadia; two grandchildren, Sophia Jump and Adalie Jump, both of Portland, Ind.; two sisters, Rosanna (Brian) Brock of Kokomo, and Tonya Annamae (Gene) Cole of Thorntown; one brother, Larry (Darla) Cox of Columbus, Ind.; several nieces and nephews who always loved playing cards and spending as much time as they could with their Uncle Punkie; and by his 4-legged BFF's, Ziva and Pete.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Zoal and Mary Cox; and his maternal grandparents, William H. and Annamae Johnson.

A Celebration of Arlie's Life is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from 2 p.m. until the time of service. His brother-in-law, Eric Heffelmire, will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be presented to Kercheval Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.