By Telford                                             H.R. No. 166
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                                 R E S O L U T I O N
 1-1           WHEREAS, The passing of J. C. Coggins on December 27, 1998,
 1-2     at the age of 90, has brought a great loss to the family, friends,
 1-3     and community of this esteemed gentleman; and
 1-4           WHEREAS, Born in Whitewright on August 13, 1908, Mr. Coggins
 1-5     was a longtime resident of DeKalb; he served his country with
 1-6     distinction during World War II as a member of the U.S. Army; and
 1-7           WHEREAS, Mr. Coggins began his tenure as an educator and
 1-8     administrator in Bowie County in 1934; he was employed in
 1-9     Springhill, DeKalb, Hubbard, and Malta schools before becoming the
1-10     Bowie County Superintendent of Schools, in which capacity he served
1-11     for 10 years; and
1-12           WHEREAS, Deeply committed to the welfare of his students,
1-13     Mr. Coggins distinguished himself as an educator of notable
1-14     character and ability, and in March 1998 the DeKalb Chamber of
1-15     Commerce presented Mr. Coggins and his wife with The Heart of the
1-16     Community Award--"The Noble"--for their lifetime dedication to the
1-17     area schools and surrounding communities; and
1-18           WHEREAS, In addition to performing his duties as
1-19     superintendent, this public-spirited individual lent his time and
1-20     talents to the American Legion and the Western Bowie County Retired
1-21     Teachers Association; he was also a member of First United
1-22     Methodist Church and served as treasurer for 27 years; and
1-23           WHEREAS, J. C. Coggins was a man of great faith and
1-24     compassion, and though his presence is deeply missed, his memory
 2-1     will long endure in the hearts and minds of all who were privileged
 2-2     to know him; now, therefore, be it
 2-3           RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 76th Texas
 2-4     Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of J. C. Coggins and
 2-5     extend sincere sympathy to the members of his family:  to his wife,
 2-6     Lois Carroll Coggins; to his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and
 2-7     Jeanne Coggins; to his granddaughter, Jennifer Coggins; to his
 2-8     sister, Margaret Smith; to his nieces and nephews; and to the many
 2-9     other people whose lives were touched by this devoted man; and, be
2-10     it further
2-11           RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
2-12     prepared for the members of his family and that when the Texas
2-13     House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of
2-14     J. C. Coggins.