By MITCH LUCAS
Former Kilgore High School student Jay Cox loved fishing – and the sport he loved so much continues to give, in his name, even after his passing.
Organizers held the second annual Jay Cox Memorial Fishing Tournament last weekend at Johnson Creek at Lake O’The Pines, and raised about $2,000 for a scholarship fund in Jay’s name, also known as the LiveLikeJay Foundation. A donor matched the funds that were raised, so in all, $4,000 was added to the scholarship fund, which provides scholarships and other aid to KISD students.
Jay was in an automobile accident in April, 2017, and after spending time in a coma, passed away on June 17, a few weeks later. Scholarship funding is raised in various ways, and 51 fishermen contributed by competing in last weekend’s tournament.
Dusty Duncan of Marshall won the tournament. In addition to fishing, funds were raised with food and raffle items, Charlie’s Sno-Balls on-site, and monetary donations.
The family is considering holding the tournament again next year.