A native of Florence, SC, Bette Cox attended the University of South Carolina at Florence, now Francis Marion University. With her husband Tim Cox she owned and operated Executive Services of the Pee Dee, Inc., a business services company, from 1986 until shortly after Tim died in 2006.
She has served as a grassroots activist for many pro-life and pro-family issues-based causes and candidates from the 1980’s to the present.
Below is a more complete resume of her personal, business, community and political activities.
Elizabeth G. “Bette” Cox grew up in Florence, South Carolina, in the heart of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina at Florence, now Francis Marion University, and in 2006 completed the coursework from UCLA-Davis, receiving a Certificate as an Oral Historian. She has two children, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.
She and her husband Tim Cox owned and operated a business services company, Executive Services of the Pee Dee, Inc., for twenty years in Florence. After Tim’s death in 2006 Bette retired and the company was closed.
A lifelong citizen of Florence, Bette has been an active worker for conservative and civic causes for many years. For several years she wrote a regular newspaper column titled “Family Memories.” Articles told stories of her life growing up in Florence, or recounted interviews she did with others about their lives growing up. Many of those stories are now available online on one of her several blogs, S.C. Family Memories.
She was the host of “Talk With Bette,” a weekly radio talk show on WOLS-1230 AM in Florence for several years prior to that. Interviews were conducted with a wide range of guests, from industry leaders to candidates for public office, CEO’s to local pastors. “If it interests me, it will interest you,” she says. These days she writes a blog with that title that includes posts of varied interests and issues of the day.
Bette is an active member of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Florence, South Carolina where she served as church pianist for many years, retiring from the music staff in 2015. Altogether she had served as a church musician for nearly 50 years. In the 1980’s she also served as pianist for the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Association (where she and Tim met), and for the Women’s Aglow meetings in Florence.
A Bible student and teacher for over forty years, Bette began speaking, teaching, and writing articles and Bible study guides in the 1960s. Her devotional newsletter, Esther’s Petition, is now available online. After retirement from business, she has spent a good bit of her time studying, writing, communicating with and praying for people here at home and around the globe. In 2007 she joined the OM Ships missionary organization and served as a volunteer in the Florence office for two years, also visiting the Logos Hope ship while it was undergoing refitting for service in Kiel, Germany in 2008.
Bette developed an interest in genealogy many years ago and eventually was able to trace her father’s family tree back to the early 1700’s in South Carolina. A natural outgrowth of her interest in genealogical research, the Family Memories Division was added to her company and she assisted several families to preserve their life stories.
Over the years Bette has worked for many Christian and civic causes, some of which have included:
- State Board of Education, 12th Judicial Circuit Member, 1997-2000
- South Carolina Commission on Women, 1995-1997
- Crimestoppers of the Pee Dee, Inc., board member
- Carolina Transplant Foundation, founding board member
- The UP Club Transplant Support Group, member
- Citizens Against Video Poker, founding board member
- No Lottery 2000, founding board member
- Florence County Citizens for Life member
- Presidential Elector, 6th Congressional District, 1996
- First Vice Chairman, S. C. Republican Party, 1996-2000
- Secretary, Florence County Republican Party, 1992-2000, 2009-2010, 2016-Present
- Florence GOP Amendments to the Bylaws Committee, 2010
- Florence County Elephant Stampede Committee Member, 1994, 1996, 1998
- Florence GOP Convention Committee, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999
- Delegate to SC GOP Conventions, county, state and district levels for many years
Active Campaign Volunteer for:
- George W. Bush for President, 2000, 2004
- David Beasley for U.S. Senate, 2004
- Forbes 2000, Steering Committee Member for Florence County
- David Beasley for Governor, 1994, 1998, Florence County grassroots chairman
- Bob Peeler for Lt. Governor, 1994, 1998
- Strom Thurmond for US Senate, 1996
- Bob Inglis for US Senate, 1998
- Hugh Leatherman for State Senate, 1994, 1997
- Jim McGee for SC House, 1998
- Ed Clements for 12th Judicial Circuit Solicitor, 2010
- Campaign volunteer for many other city and county candidates from 1988 to present
www.bettecox.wordpress.com – Curiosity About Space
www.BetteCox.com – Bette’s website, dedicated to her first love, writing.
Bette maintains an active presence online, using social media to stay in touch with people and issues around the world and especially in the Middle East.