Crestview woman’s giving spirit helps community grow

sharlene cox

Sharlene Cox

Portrait by Karen Roganov | Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 02:34 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Hub City's growth is due, in part, to one woman who is a part-time homemaker and part-time community volunteer, but a full-time giver.

Sharlene Cox, 69, is on the move each day, donating her time and talents so her community’s youths can have the best opportunities possible. She's been at it for the past 40 years and is still going strong.


“I’ve logged in 800 steps so far,” Cox said, referring to her pedometer, which tracks her daily activity including tending to her family and meeting with local residents. “On an average day I do a mile or over.”

The type of energy she projects landed her as an honoree in the 2009 Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame, with her photographs on display at two key county buildings.

“I’m a people person,” Cox said.

Cox, who began community volunteer work in Okaloosa County in 1974, could be considered for the who’s who of Crestview movers and shakers; she's touched the city in many ways.

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