Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review
Sierra Vista, AZ
September 12, 2010
Rufus V Cosby
April 12, 1920 - Sept 5, 2010
Rufus Virgil Cosby passed on Sept 5, 2010,at his home He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beulah; his stepson, Philip Losey; and brothers, Joe Ben Cosby, Paul Cosby, Gene Cosby and David Cosby.
He is survived by his brothers, John Cosby of Avarado, Texas, Tim Cosby of Mertens, Texas; Lee Cosby, Mertena, Texas; and Wayne Cosby of Grand Prairie Texas; daughter, Patricia Gillette of The Dalles, Oregon, step-daughter, Diana McClure Beadleston of San Jose, California; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and great-nephews and nieces.
Rufus was born on April 12, 1920, in Groesbeck, Texas, the son of Virgil Carter Cosby and Medora Collier Cosby.
He was the oldest of nine brothers. He entered the Army as an enlisted man in 1938. He achieved the rank of first sergeant before accepting a field commission to the rank of first lieutenant on Jan 4, 1952. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He received the Bronze Star and numerous other ribbons. He retired as a major and courier for the State Department on Feb 28, 1962.
After his retirement from the military, he moved to Sunnyvale, California, and worked for Philco-Ford selling and installing conveyor systems throughout the United States and Canada. During that time he met Beulah Gagel whom he married in 1979 in Visalia, California. Virgil and Beulah were longtime residents of Auburn, California, prior to her death in November 2008.
Virgil moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona, in the spring of 2009 and made many new friends.
He was a clock maker trained in Germany. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Masons, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and loved miniature railroading. He supported many charities.
The family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association.
A memorial service will be held at Thursday, September 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail. A reception will follow at the Sierra Vista Elks Lodge, #2065, #1 Elks Lane, Corner of Wilcox and Elks Lane in Sierra Vista.