Longtime Coach and Administrator Passes


Bill T. Fox, a beloved coach and administrator at both Mansfield and Hartford Schools has passed.

Fox left a legacy throughout this area, and he will be remembered as a “good man and coach.”

He was a 1960 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, and held a Masters Degree From the University of Arkansas.

Fox coached for the Hartford School District for more than two decades, from 1973-1992. One former player said, “Bill was my basketball coach my senior year. We had a very good team. Lost one game going into the state tourney. He was easy to play for. He never yelled at us, but we gave him all we had because we really liked him.”

News of Fox’ passing on March 17 spread quickly throughout the small community. Since that time, hundreds have expressed their love and sympathy towards his wife Sharon and their three children, Leigha, Justin and Jessica.


Bill T. Fox was born on February 21, 1938 in Huntington, Arkansas to Audra and Flossie Ann (Hampton) Fox.  He passed away on March 17, 2020 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 82.

He is survived by:

His wife Sharon Fox of the home

Three children:

Leigha Fox of Florida Keys

Justin Fox and wife, Sue, of Fargo, ND
Jessica Bailey and husband, Aaron, of Stigler, OK


Jake and Kate Fox

Andrew and Audra Bailey

Numerous other relatives

Bill was preceded in death by one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and C.B. Carter and his parents.

He loved hunting, fishing, coaching, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball; and family.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Stigler First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jim Hill officiating.

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2 Replies to “Longtime Coach and Administrator Passes”

  1. thanks Deborah, its in the first sentence under his photo that he coached at both Mansfield and Hartford.

  2. Deborah Musgrove says:

    Coach Bill Fox also coached at Mansfield High School, for a number of years. Bobby and I played under his lradrrship.
    Did not see this in article.
    Debby musgrove

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