Archie Alexander Cox was born on April 16, 2021. Weighing 4 pounds 12 ounces and measuring 17.5 inches long, he arrived with a head full of dark, wavy hair, long legs, and a sweet little chin. Archie lived four days on this earth. During his brief time here, he was surrounded with love and care.
Archie’s family spent all of their time with him until his passing on April 20th. His mother, Kelley, shared, “He was brave. He was a fighter. He was one of my life’s greatest accomplishments. Each of those moments holds a special place in my heart and, dare I say, the hearts of all who were able to spend time with him. He was a true angel on earth.”
Archie’s parents, Daniel and Kelley Cox, were high school sweethearts and New Castle High School graduates. After graduating from college and getting married, they moved to New Castle and raised a family. They have two sons, Calvin and Theodore. Along with Archie in heaven are twin sons, Barrett and Parker.
Kelley is in her 11th year working with New Castle schools and currently serves as Principal of Westwood Elementary School, where she encourages students, “Work hard. Be kind. We’re all wonders of Westwood.” While Kelley is inspiring the elementary students of New Castle, Daniel is working with high school students as the Opportunity School Teacher. He is also in his 9th year of coaching the New Castle boys’ varsity basketball team. Together, they are making a difference in Henry County.
This past year has been a challenging time for the Cox family. During their pregnancy with Archie, they learned that he would struggle to live. While they waited for his arrival, they wanted to share the beauty within the broken. Kelley expressed, “Our hope was to bring individuals together, and we prayed that community would transcend in the homes of all who came to know of Archie. As we continue to mourn, we want to provide hope through the extension of comfort, care, and grace for those within our community who experience heartache such as this.”
Providing hope is their goal as they established a donor-advised fund with the Henry County Community Foundation. Archie’s Promise has been created to support women and families in crisis and grief. “We plan to cover the expenses for families who lose a child by purchasing the plot of land at the cemetery for burial. In time, we would also like to establish care packages in partnership with Henry Community Health to provide resources and items to help make a devastating time a little more manageable,” explained Kelley.
Through their grief, they have found a way to give back to the community that has supported them. Kelley shared, “My heart overflows with gratitude for everyone who has taken time to join us through this time in our lives. We are incredibly humbled by the outpouring of love, prayer, thoughtfulness, and genuine compassion that has been displayed to us. We ask that you continue to pray for our family and for Archie’s Promise to be exactly what God intends it to be!”
As they establish Archie’s Fund, the Foundation is honored to accept donations on his behalf. We look forward to the future and impact this fund will make in Henry County as it carries on the legacy of Archie Alexander Cox and his loving family.
Help establish Archie’s Promise Donor Advised Fund by donating online – or sending a check to the office at P.O. Box 6006 or 700 South Memorial Dr. New Castle, IN 47362