Birth Date: 4/ 22/ 1911 Death Date: 12/10/1990
Born: Monroe Co., KY Death Location: Crosbyton, Texas Occupation: Gin Manager Religion: Church of Christ Father: Sammie Proctor Fox, born 1887, Emberton, Monroe Co., KY Mother: Lula Jane Rich, born 1890 in Mudlick, Monroe Co., KY Both Mother and Father buried in Dickens Cemetery, Dickens, TX Married Marie Eldredge, daughter of Norman Eldredge 12-22-1928 in Lubbock Divorced 8-6-1946 Dallas Co., TX Two children: Joyce Marie and Leon Levoy (Levoy buried in White Rose Cemetery, Wills Point, TX) Married Winona A. Clark Fox 10-5-1946 in Rockwall, TX Widow with one child: JoAnn Clark Three children born to this union: Linda Carroll, David Lawrence(1949-2001; buried Wieland Cemetery, Hunt Co.), Shyrlee Elayne.
Lawrence was born in Mudlick, KY on April 22, 1911 to Sammie Proctor Fox and Lula Jane Rich Fox. They lived on the Fox Farm close to Lawrence´s grandparents, Daniel and Mary Jane Fults Fox. In 1914, they came by train to Crosby County and settled in Afton, Texas. They worked in the fields saving money until his parents bought a farm of their own from C.B. Livestock and Company. Lawrence and his two brothers, Buel and A.G. (Curley) attended schools at Leatherwood during the early years and later attended McAdoo schools.
Lawrence met Marie Eldredge during his school years at McAdoo and they were married in Lubbock County, Lubbock, Texas on December 22, 1928. They lived for awhile in McAdoo and then moved to Dallas where Lawrence worked for the Dallas Rail Streetcar as a mechanic. He had two children, Joyce and Levoy by this marriage. Marie and Lawrence divorced and he married Winona Clark from Greenville, who was a widow with one child.
The family lived in Dallas on Carroll Street when Winona and Lawrence´s first child Linda was born. Later they moved to Mesquite and Lawrence was in partnership with Jimmie Shepherd as a mechanic at "Pappy and Jimmie´s Garage". A son, David Lawrence was born while living in Mesquite.
In 1951, Lawrence, Winona and children moved onto a farm and worked for his Dad. Sam Fox had bought the adjoining farm from Mr. Webb and needed someone to help with the farming. Lawrence farmed for several years and then started working around various gins in the area. He worked one fall for Broadway Gin before finally being hired as a gin manager at the Co-Op Gin in Maple, Texas. Maple was so small that three towns in the area all attended one school out in the country called Three-Way. While at Maple the baby of the family, Shyrlee was born.
In the fall of 1958, Lawrence got lost in a sandstorm and ended up in Seagraves, Texas. When he stopped at the local gin there to ask for directions, they hired him as their gin manager. Winona was sitting in the car thinking "I sure am glad we don't live here with all this sand." Lawrence came back out to the car and told him they were looking for a ginner and so he had a new job. The family was very active in school, community and church activities at Seagraves and three of their children graduated from Seagraves High School. They lived there until 1968 when Lawrence got a job in Idalou as gin manager.
After Idalou, he moved to Loving, N.M. where he was also a gin manager and then moved to Clovis, N.M. where he worked for Curtis and Curtis Seed Company prior to retiring. Winona and Lawrence lived in Clovis for 10 years and he enjoyed gardening at his home. After the death of his mother Lula, Winona and Lawrence moved to Crosbyton in 1980 and resided at 308 Ayrshire, the home that had been moved from the family farm into town.
Lawrence enjoyed math and was very good at it. He had a photographic memory and was very alert and sharp in mind up to the time he passed away. He really enjoyed his grandchildren and his gardening. He was a very good checker, domino and marbles player. He could play the steel guitar and a banjo and played for a lot of musical get together's all his life. He was a very outgoing person, and always wanted to treat everyone fairly. His word was better than any contract you could have signed with him. He was always a good neighbor to his fellowman.
He started smoking early in life and he became ill in 1987 with a spot on his lip that was cancerous. He always had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth while working. Later in 1989, the cancer had spread and went to his liver, he died at the age of 79 in December of 1990 at his home in Crosbyton, TX."Do not let your grief be measured by his worth, for then your sorrow has no end." ...Shakespeare
Services for Lawrence Bailey Fox, 79, of Crosbyton were held at 2 p.m. December 12, 1990 in the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Crosbyton, with Dennis May, pastor of Emma Church of Christ in Ralls officiating.
Burial followed in the McAdoo cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.
Mr. Fox died at 4:35 p.m. Monday at his residence after a lengthy illness. He was under a doctor´s care.
He was born in Emberton, KY., and moved from Clovis, NM to Crosbyton in 1980. He married Winona Brannan Oct 5, 1946 in Rockwall, TX. He attended McAdoo High School and had worked as a cotton gin manager in Maple, Seagraves, Idalou and Loving, NM. He served as an alderman living in Seagraves. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
A son, Leon Levoy Fox preceded him in death in 1982.
Survivors include his wife, Winona Fox; a son, David Lawrence of New York; four daughters, Joyce Marie Luton of Arlington, Jo Ann Clark Fox of Albuquerque, NM, Linda Hughes of Euless and Shyrlee Fox of Amarillo; 14 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
©The Crosby County News & Chronicle, Friday, December 14, 1990
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