Joseph Patrick “Joe Pat” Cox, Frazer’s Music Minister Emeritus and a good and faithful servant of Jesus Christ, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 4, 2020. Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church honors Joe Pat for his remarkable service to our music ministry spanning nearly 70 years. He joins the choir of the redeemed around the eternal throne of God, awaiting the final resurrection.
Joe Pat was a lifelong member of the Frazer Family. The son of Roy and Elsie Cox, themselves significant leaders in the history of our congregation, Joe Pat could be seen as a young boy helping his father clean the church while it was still located on Clayton Street in downtown Montgomery. He was first appointed director of the choir in 1951 at the age of 15. For many years, Joe Pat worked tirelessly as a part-time Music Director, until becoming full-time Minister of Music in 1980. Even after his retirement in 2008, he continued to serve part-time as director of the Speeder’s Choir for older adults and leader of Sunday evening music. In a word, Joe Pat Cox dedicated his entire life to the ministry of Christ through Frazer.
During his tenure, Frazer’s music ministry grew considerably to include children, youth, and multiple adult choirs, ensembles, soloists, instrumentalists, and an orchestra. He oversaw the development of a drama ministry and assisted with the early days of our television ministry. He continually innovated in music, introducing gospel, revival-style, and Contemporary Christian music to the Frazer congregation alongside classic hymns of the faith.
Frazer became known for its excellence in music across the city under Joe Pat’s leadership. Just as importantly, Joe Pat constantly emphasized that music must be performed from the heart. For Joe Pat, music was about a joyful spirit and a smiling face as much as it was about the correct notes. He frequently reminded both choir and congregation, “Sing like you mean it!”
As director of music, Joe Pat has been credited with helping to keep the church together and making its move to the present location on Atlanta Highway in East Montgomery successful. When John Ed Mathison became pastor in 1972, the two formed a unique friendship. John Ed often cites Joe Pat’s partnership with him in ministry as a key factor in the phenomenal growth of the church over their years of service together. Both men shared a heart for evangelism and a driving desire to reach new people with the good news of Jesus Christ.
“Joe Pat Cox embodied the spirit of Frazer,” said Senior Pastor Chris Montgomery. “He loved people deeply, worshipped God joyfully, and gave of himself constantly in service to others. We have been blessed beyond words by his life. Our love and prayers are with his family.”
A private ceremony has been planned by the family, who have requested that donations to the Frazer Music Ministry and Amedisys Hospice be made in lieu of flowers.
The Frazer family will celebrate the life and legacy of Joe Pat through a special Night of Singing in his honor on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at 6:30 pm in the Frazer Main Sanctuary.
Joe Pat Cox insisted that first and foremost, singing should be done for the glory of God. His whole life has now become a mighty song of praise that will forever bring glory to his Savior, Jesus Christ.