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John Cofield's Oxford & Ole Miss: Faces Of Oxford, Gene Oxnam

Photo (c) Milly Moorhead West, all rights reserved

Faces Of Oxford ~ Sitting with Milly West and going through thousands of her wonderful photographs, a big grin spread across my face when she asked if I could ID this Oxonian.
Ah yeah, Mr. Gene Oxnam, and where do I start? Bramlett crossing guard with a much-loved flair for the directionally dramatic. “Strike!”, many a little leaguer heard down through his decades behind the plate. But also, with a wink and nod of encouragement for your at bat.

Gene Oxnam was born a “man in uniform.” Military, police, or Scouting, he filled them all out well. He was the first adult to sit me down and teach me one-on-one. I have the memories of those hours between the two of us as together we achieved my Boy Scouts of America, God and Country Award. I still have it, and now Oxford and I have this fine photograph to remember him by. And the memories are of a man who more than added his cool chapter to our Oxford upbringings.

John Cofield is a HottyToddy.com writer and one of Oxford’s leading folk historians. He is the son of renowned university photographer, Jack Cofield. His grandfather, J.R. “Colonel” Cofield, was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and for decades was the Ole Miss yearbook photographer. Cofield attended Ole Miss as well.
Stay tuned for more information on Cofield’s forthcoming book: Oxford, Mississippi ~ The Cofield Collection — a pictorial history book with John’s writing on the history to go along with the photos.
Contact John at Johnbcofield@gmail.com.
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