Earl Talmadge Cox , 72, of Mechanicsville passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021 at his home. Earl and his partner, Ralph Norcom, ran Norcox Landscaping for 31 years. He loved teaching people how to play double chess, a game he played using 2 chess boards. Survivors include his brother, Henry Wayne Cox and sister-in-law Phyllis Cox; and sister Shirley Charnock. He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick Henry Cox; his mother, Hazel Cox; niece Melinda Lynn Cox; and nephew David Wayne Cox. Interment will be private.