Datula A. Cox – A Glimpse into Her Life
Datula Adassa Cox,was born in Deeside, Trelawny, Jamaica, to Irene Fairclough and Hubert Forbes, where she was raised and received her early education.
After graduation, Datula Forbes attended Bethel Bible College which was then located in Carron Hall, St. Mary, Jamaica, where she took courses in Theology and Biblical Studies. After graduation, Datula, “Dottie”, as she was ffectionately called, was ordained as a minister in the New Testament Church of God. She entered the Youth Ministry, and also began her career in teaching.
She later met and married a local pastor, Leopold Blackwood. Together, they ministered to churches in several parishes, her focus being on working with the youths. Their union produced son Wayne Blackwood, daughters: Norva Blackwood Fuller(Canada) and Dotha Blackwood (U.K). The family eventually relocated to Kingston where they established residence.
Furthering her interest in teaching, Datula pursued a program in Early Childhood Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica,. She taught Basic school at her church, the New Testament Church of God, Waltham Park Rd, Kingston. Later she moved on to the Preparatory school of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Kingston. There she remained for about seven (7) years. Dottie then accepted a teaching position at Wolmers Preparatory School in Half-Way-Tree, St. Andrew, where she remained for fourteen years (14). She was beloved by her many students, and her classes were sought after by many parents for their children, even prior to their birth.
Dottie emigrated to Maryland, U.S.A in 1988, where she and Byron Cox later married, and continued to live until her demise, following a long and courageous battle with Thyroid cancer.
Datula Cox is survived by husband Byron, daughter and son-in-law Norva and Gladstone Fuller (Toronto, Canada), daughter Dotha Blackwood (London, U.K.), grandson Equan Blackwood (Kingston, Jamaica), and other relatives. Son Wayne Blackwood, and former husband Leopold Blackwood, both predeceased her.
Family and friends knew Datula Cox as a dedicated teacher who not only loved teaching, but had a tremendous love for, and rapport with children. She was outgoing and friendly, and had a keen sense of humor, that those who knew her well will always remember.