David William Fox, 74, of Racine, the East Letart Community, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 17, 2021 in the Holzer Meigs Emergency Department in Pomeroy. Born January 2, 1947 in Newark, Ohio he was the son of the late William E. and Hazel Virginia Shane Fox. He retired from the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Services as the Meigs County Director. He was a 1970 Ohio University graduate. He was a member of the East Letart United Methodist Church, and currently is a member of the Board of Directors at the Home National Bank, and the president of the Meigs County board of elections.
David was a Master Mason and Past Worshipful Master of Pomeroy/Racine Lodge # 164 Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, past and current Worthy Patron of the Racine Chapter # 134 Order of the Eastern Star. He was a former District Deputy Grand Master of the 12th Masonic District, Past Prior of Ohio Priory #18 Masonic Knights of the York Cross Of Honour, member and past presiding officer of the Pomeroy Chapter of Royal Arch Masons Chapter #80, Past District Deputy Grand High Priest of the 12 Capitular District, past presiding officer of the Grand Bosworth Council of Royal and Select Masons #46, and the Ohio Valley Commandery #24 of the Knight Templars. Member and current recorder of the Red Cross of Constantine Lafayette in Athens, Oh., Knight Masons of the USA where he served as Post Exalted Chief of the 94 Donegal in Marietta, Past Worthy Master of St. Thomas of Acon American Union Chapel #81, Past Preceptor Galilean #XXIII Tabernacle, Past governor York Rite Sovereign Ohio Valley College #196, Recipient of the Knight Commander of the Temple. A member of the Valley of Cambridge Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masons, a founding member of the Valley of Gallipolis Scottish Rite, and he was elected to receive the 33rd degree Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in Cleveland, Ohio at the annual 33rd degree session.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Dowell Fox, whom he married in the East Letart United Methodist Church on January 2, 1987, children, Chris Yeauger, of Cheshire, and Terri McLaughlin, of Middleport, grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeff) Wells, Christopher Yeauger, Jr., Jeremy Yeauger, Nickolas McLaughlin, Leslie Yeauger, Autumn (Jon) Mancini, and Shannon McLaughlin. Great-grandchildren, Natalie Jackson, Vince Theiss, Leia Yeauger, Odyn Cook, and Ronan Yeauger, a great-grandchild, Helena Jackson and one more on the way. A sister-in-law, Sheryl Dowell, brother-in-law, Benny (Kim) Dowell, a cousin who was more like a sister, Joyce Clemings, and numerous half brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and many more cousins also survive.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Rachel Yeauger, a mother-in-law, Sylvia (Bernard) Cook, father-in-law, Ben (Phyllis) Dowell, brothers-in-law, Roy and Calvin Dowell.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in the Cremeens-King Funeral Home, Racine with Rev. Larry Fisher officiating. Interment will follow in the Letart Falls Cemetery. Chris Yeauger, Sr., Christopher Yeauger Jr., Jeremy Yeauger, Nickolas McLaughlin, John Mancini, Jeff Wells, Vince Theiss, and Ben Dowell will serve as casketbearers. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m on Friday at the Funeral Home. An Eastern Star funeral service conducted by the Racine Chapter #134 will be held at 7 p.m. followed by a Masonic funeral service conducted by the Pomeroy Racine Lodge #164 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
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