addition to her appearance on the Barbara
Walters ABC Special "Live to be 150," Lillian appeared on
Inside Edition, May 9th.
After her April 1st,
appearance on the Barbara Walters ABC
longevity special, the media has been
captured by Southern Belle Lillian Cox.
Inside Edition correspondent Megan
Alexander and producer Christopher J.
Dukas were recently in Tallahassee,
Florida, and videoed Lillian in her
home. Additionally the crew shot footage
of Lillian at the Tallahassee Automobile
Museum with owner DeVoe Moore. The
included scenes of
Lillian driving and shopping.
According to the Inside Edition
crew: "The woman is amazing!"
Cox, a petite Southern Belle with an iron
will, was a successful entrepreneur at a
time when most women were stay-at-home
moms. Community involvement in women’s
groups, such as the Garden Club, and a large
circle of friends of all ages, have helped
keep her active and socially involved in her
later years, and maintaining the lush garden
at her home has been her pride and joy.
However, when her octogenarian daughter
became gravely ill, Lillian, then nearing
100, traveled to Texas to “bring her
daughter home.” She has lovingly cared for
her only child for two years.
daughter, Carolyn, passed away earlier in 2008. Carolyn was present when the ABC camera
crew came to video Lillian at her home last fall
for the spring 2008 airing of Barbara Walters
ABC Special: "Live to be 150 ... Can You Do It."
Carolyn's health, though, took a turn for the
worse several weeks before the airing of the
Special. Our prayers are with Lillian and her
family as they grieve the passing of their
... a note from granddaughter, Alyson
I know my
Grandfather decided Grandmother was “the
one” very early. I believe she was 16, so
he dated her older sister, Melba, until
Grandmother was old enough to date. He
wanted to keep an eye on her.
Since he passed, she has
had numerous gentlemen friends and several
proposals of marriage. She never wanted to
remarry, though her boyfriends would do
anything in the world for her. Mr. Johnson
would take her to church, lunch and then
driving around Sunday afternoons. He
proudly showed up one day with a brand new
Buick. She complimented it, but Mr. Johnson
could tell she wasn’t thrilled with it. The
next time he came over he had a brand new
Another, Mr. Brush, lived in Houston. He
wanted her to marry him so badly he told her
she could still live in Florida if she
Owning a ladies' fashion
store, Grandmother was certainly an early
entrepreneur. I went with her on several
buying trips. She would never let the
salesmen talk her into something she didn’t
think she could sell. She knew her
clientele very well and would buy for
certain customers. Her store was located
downtown and she sold to state office
workers, Florida State University students
and society ladies. Husbands would call and
she would choose items, wrap them and take
them out to their cars as they drove by — a
man’s shopping dream.
Grandmother is a long
time member of the First Baptist Church,
Women’s Club, American Business Women’s
Association, Garden Club, and Camellia
Club. She served as hostess at the
Governor’s mansion on many occasions. She
held charm schools and organized fashion
shows. She always says: “You have to be a
friend to have a friend." And, she has
many, many friends, young and old. It takes
three months to get an appointment with her
dermatologist. Grandmother, however, walks
in the back door whenever she wants, is
greeted by the staff and taken straight to
his office. His assistant comes to her home
to treat her — what service!
My Grandmother is a very
determined lady and special lady. She has
been an inspiration to all of us and we love
Grandmother’s only child
was my mom, Carolyn. I am the eldest of
three granddaughters. The second is Candy
and the youngest is Celia. I have two
children, Justin and Carolyn. Would you
believe my son [early 20s] has been dating a
young lady for three years named Carolyn?
My brother-in-law calls her “Quatro” for #4.
My sister Celia has one son, Tommy, who is
13 years old. To sum it up: Grandmother has
one daughter, three granddaughters, one
great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons.
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