ATLANTA (AP) _ John Wesley Cox, a civil rights activist who was instrumental in the peaceful integration of Atlanta schools, died Friday of complications after surgery. He was 73.

Cox exerted leadership from two fronts, first as executive director of the Butler Street YMCA, a gathering place for black leaders and progressive whites in the 1950s, and later as vice president for community relations at Delta Air Lines.

For many years, Cox coordinated Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebrations in Atlanta, said Coretta Scott King, widow of the slain civil rights leader. Cox also served on the King Center's board of directors.

Tommy Perkins

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Tommy Perkins, former drummer for Bob Wills, died Saturday from injuries suffered in car accident while en route home from a festival celebrating the ``King of Western Swing.'' He was 69.

Perkins died early Saturday in Cotton County after he drove off the H.E. Bailey Turnpike into an embankment. He was not wearing a seat belt, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Perkins, who lived in Oklahoma City, was returning from the 16th annual Legends of Western Swing Music Festival in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he and Rausch had performed together on Friday night.

Perkins' performances with Wills included the April 27, 1950, recording of ``Faded Love,'' made when the drummer was just 15 years old.