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Salvation Army commanders reassigned, new corps leaders expected in June

Sue Guinn Legg • May 25, 2019 at 12:36 AM

The Johnson City Salvation Army is in for a change of command.

After five years in Johnson City, Captains Michael and Laura Cox recently received notice they have been reassigned to corps command in Bowling Green, Ky., and their last day of service here will be Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15.

“It’s sad but at the same time it was expected,” Cox said Friday. “We’ve been here five years, the longest of any commanders in Johnson City. And it has blessed us. We’re truly going to miss this place. People have been so good to us. Folks in this area who support the Salvation Army are the kindest people in the region.”

“It was tough getting that call,” Cox said of their reassignment. “But we were expecting it. That’s how the Salvation Army is. You serve somewhere for a while, then you move on and share your blessings somewhere else. We were here five years and we were truly blessed.”

In addition to their work with the Salvation Army, the Coxes passed a couple of personal milestones while in Johnson City. As of Saturday night, both of their two youngest sons will have graduated from Science Hill High School.

And while here, their son Thomas’ experience as a cornet player with the Science Hill marching band helped him win him an invitation to march with the Salvation Army band in the 2018 Rose Bowl parade.

The local corps’ new commanders, Lieutenants Antwann and Bethany Yocum, will be coming to Johnson City from their current corps command at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Atlanta.

According to the Kroc Center website, both are graduates of Eastern Kentucky University and have previously worked in a variety of settings, including child protective services and nursing.

Antwann earned his bachelor’s degree in social work and spent nearly four years working in child welfare, while Bethany is a registered nurse.

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