Albert Fox

Albert Fox

Southern Shores, NC

Albert D. Fox, 79, of Southern Shores, NC, died Thursday, October 18, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Monroe, LA and moved to Cary, NC in 1945. After graduating from Cary High School he served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Fox graduated from N.C. State University in 1959 and the University of North Carolina in 1960. He taught and coached at Louisburg High School from 1961 to 1964. He served as principal at Louisburg High School from 1964-1968, Plymouth (NC) High School from 1968-1973, and Varina High School (Henrico County) from 1973-1988. He then became director of Research and Planning for Henrico County Schools until his retirement in 1998. Mr. Fox also was the former principal of the Governor’s School of Innovation and Technology in Richmond, VA. At Plymouth High School, Mr. Fox was very instrumental in Integration in the sixty’s. He was an Eagle Scout and a former district director of Boy Scouts in Richmond, VA.

Mr. Fox retired to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 1998 and resided in Buxton and then Southern Shores until his death.

Mr. Fox is survived by his loving family: wife, Connie Jennette Fox of the residence; two daughters, Danette Arrants and husband, Frankie of Jamesville, NC and Connie Averette and husband, Donny of Fuquay-Varina, NC; two step daughters, Rossie Jackson and husband, Kevin of Buxton, NC and Leanne Woods and husband, Lonnie of Dallas, TX; one step son, Leon Jennette and wife, Nicole of Buxton, NC; thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Duck United Methodist Church by the Rev. John Tyson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Food for Thought and for Caring Hands at Duck United Methodist Church.

The Family would like to “Thank”   Dare County Hospice and the members of Duck United Methodist Church.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.

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  1. Beth Gryder

    Connie, I am very sad to hear of your husband’s passing. My father, Norris, thought the world of Al and spoke of him often.

    I know your husband will be very missed.

    Beth Gryder

  2. Gilley and Dianne Hendrix

    We will miss seeing Al’s bright face in the mornings. He was such a nice neighbor. Please let us know if you need anything. We are here for you. Dianne and Gilley

  3. Janice McCouch

    What a tragic loss. Al Fox was the one person who got us at Varina H.S. through the PROJECT with our wits still with us and a smile on our faces. He made many of our lives a real pleasure to be working at VHS.

    I am very sorry for your loss. Al was highly thought of by not only the teachers, but also the students and the parents! He was like family to us all.

  4. Barbara Stephens Morris

    Connie: His friends may call him Al but we, from the class of ’52, will always remember him as “Skippy”. I know he will be missed by his family and we shall miss him at our reunions, We just had one and spoke highly of him at that time. Our prayers are with you.

  5. Doug Hunt

    Connie – I am very sad to hear of Al’s death He was of great help to me when I was appointed principal of Highland Springs High School and later at Hermitage when he was in the Central Office. I considered him a friend that I could go throughout the years. Although I have not seen Al in the past ten years, I will miss him and will not forget him. I would describe Al as a “Virginia Gentleman” and a friend to all.
    God Bless.

  6. Martie Dyer Arrowood

    As a former student at Varina High School, I have the greatest memories of the “Big Fox.” I graduated in 1977 and he was a great leader and encouraged me to be the teacher I am today. Mr. Fox was also a great support when my mother was killed on her way home from school. The dogwood tree he spearheaded in her memory meant alot to the healing of our family. I know he is at peace with his Lord.

  7. eleanor p. barber

    it is with great sorrow to hear of the
    passing of Mr. Fox.I was his secretary froml971-l973 during the era of school desegregation. I was the first black secretary at Plymouth High School and he hired me in January 19771. He was a great principal and it was joy to have known him.My prayers are with you at his time of sorrow.I truly enjoyed working with him I thank him for being my friend.May God be your strength during this hour.

  8. LeAnne Woods

    Pop Al was a wonderful man. My sister and brother and myself were so blessed to have him for a step father. He was so good to our mom and us and our children. Pop Al was what we all called him. We miss him very much and he will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We have great joy knowing he’s in Heaven with the Lord and that we will one day be with him again. Love you Pop.

  9. Shelly Davis Mumaw

    I was very sad to just now hear of Mr. Fox’s passing. He was always so humorous and so kind and I thought a lot of him at Varina High School. My grandmother is Margaret Thaxton Carroll of Seven Pines, she knew him also. It would be great if there are any photos of him to be shared with the Varina Class of 1987 website and facebook page. He was a great contributor to all that was going on and I will remember him fondly. Shelly Davis, Senior Class Treasurer VHS Class of 1987

  10. Pam White Crosby

    I was very sad to just now hear of the passing of Mr. Fox. I attended Varina High where I also worked in his office. I thought the world of him. Class of 1986

  11. Deb Reed

    Connie, I just saw another former HCPS employee, Carolyn Matthews, and mentioned Al to her, only to hear that he had passed away 1 1/2 years ago! I was so saddened. I worked with Al in Research and Planning the last few years before he retired – I’m still here – and he and I handled variances as the Superintendent’s designee his last year here. I was ‘in training’ to take it over and he mentored me before he retired. I always will remember him telling me not to take it personally if the appeal decision that I had made was appealed to the Superintendent and overturned…I still remind myself of his words; he was a wise man; I always enjoyed Al and am sad that he’s no longer with us. All the best to you!

  12. Deb Reed

    Tomorrow would have been Al’s birthday…that’s part of why I was thinking of him today. His birthday, Faye Newman’s birthday, and Bob Oakley’s — they all shared the same date in the same department. :-)

  13. Cathy Harris

    It is with great sorrow to hear of the passing of Mr. Fox. My co-worker, Deb Reed, shared with me on yesterday regarding his death. I was Mr. Fox secretary when he worked in the Department of Research & Planning with Henrico County Public Schools. I was fairly new to the County and was just not sure what I wanted to do with my life. Mr. Fox and several staff members in the department encouraged me to continue to further my education, which I did. One thing I will always remember about Mr. Fox was that he took the time to talk to me about my family and always about school and my classes. He was a wonderful person to work with and so very nice and kind. Mr. Fox will truly be missed. May God continue to keep you and your family in prayer.

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