From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Cox, Estella Tinsley

(born: October 1898  -  died: March 17, 1984) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

September 1, 1943

Active Duty Exit

June 29, 1945


Estella T. Cox was a widow and one of the older women to enlist when she enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in Owensboro, KY. She was sworn-in in Cincinnati, OH. Sources: Enlistment record in Ancestry; "Recruiting Notes," The Messenger, 1/31/1943, p. 7; and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death files in Ancestry.

"Stella" Tinsley was born in Providence, KY, the daughter of William and Celia Tinsley. Her father was a coal miner. The family is enumerated in the 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. Censuses. In the 1900 U.S. Census, Stella was two years old; her birthdate was listed as October 1898. In the 1940 U.S. Census she was a widow living in Providence, working for a life insurance company.

After her military service, Estella Cox returned home. In 1968 she was living in Providence when her sister Agnes Moody died (source: "Mrs. Agnes Moody," Messenger and Inquirer, 1/17/1968, p. 2). Estella died in Muhlenberg County, KY in 1984 (sources: "Estella Cox," Evansville Press, 3/19/1984, p. 18; and Kentucky Death Index in Ancestry).

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NKAA Source: Evansville press (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Owensboro messenger-inquirer (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Owensboro messenger (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

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