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JohnCofieldJohn 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. Contact John at johnbcofield@gmail.com.


Cofield on Oxford & Ole Miss: We Are Proud of You, Sam Kendricks

Cofield on Oxford & Ole Miss: We Are Proud of You, Sam Kendricks

Scott and Marni Kendricks, we are all with you … all of us. Tonight, as with only a few other Oxford last names down through the decades before him, your son Sam joins the list to take the town to international fame. He also lives on a storied list of Oxford athletes. From the time […]…

August 15, 2016 with 0 Comments
Cofield on Oxford & Ole Miss: Isaiah’s Busy Bee Café

Cofield on Oxford & Ole Miss: Isaiah’s Busy Bee Café

Born in Oxford, Georgia Isaiah spent thirty years cooking for Ole Miss Chancellors J. D. Williams and Porter Fortune. When she finally retired, she still had the urge to feed her friends and neighbors and opened her own café. She had a little bee that she always put her change in, and so she decided […]…

July 29, 2016 with 1 Comment
John Cofield’s Oxford & Ole Miss: The Burial of William Faulkner

John Cofield’s Oxford & Ole Miss: The Burial of William Faulkner

At 2:00 p.m. the businesses of the Oxford, Mississippi Courthouse Square locked their doors. The hearse carrying William Faulkner pulled out of Rowan Oak, went to South Lamar, turned left and ascended the short rise and came in view of the Courthouse in the distance. Oxford’s businessmen and women stepped to the Square’s…

July 7, 2016 with 0 Comments
John Cofield’s Oxford & Ole Miss: 1946 Aerial View of the Square w/Historic Commentary

John Cofield’s Oxford & Ole Miss: 1946 Aerial View of the Square w/Historic Commentary

In 1946, when The Oxford Eagle’s Phil Mullen took this aerial photograph of the Square and the view looking into the hills north toward the Tallahatchie River, the true life settings of Faulkner’s fictional Jefferson and Yoknapatawpha County were in their prime. World War II was won, and at the decade’s close, Hollywood…

June 22, 2016 with 0 Comments
Cofield: Our Good Man – Coaching for Literacy

Cofield: Our Good Man – Coaching for Literacy

Ole Miss football head coach, Hugh is huge in the eyes of the Rebel football nation. But, as we are all learning, there is much more than football to this good man, our good man. Coach Freeze speaks often about the platform we are all given by which we can impact the lives of those […]…

March 30, 2016 with 1 Comment
John Cofield on Oxford — A Rebel to Remember

John Cofield on Oxford — A Rebel to Remember

Pull out the parchment list written upon your Ole Miss Rebel football heart and look at the first name: Frank Manning “Bruiser” Kinard, 1936-37 All-American. The following seasons are a Rebel football memory lane walked first by my Oxford and New Albany grandparents, then by my Ole Miss parents, aunts and uncles. John Howard…

November 26, 2015 with 1 Comment
Cofield on Oxford – Rising Ole Miss Rookie

Cofield on Oxford – Rising Ole Miss Rookie

When a young man in high school starts down the career path he’s been walking since his bike-riding days, it is noted as impressive. He found out early. When his passion is Ole Miss sports, it is noted as uplifting. He found out early. When his grandfather is Warner Alford and his great-grandfather’s name dons […]…

August 7, 2015 with 2 Comments
Cofield on Oxford – Something for Everybody

Cofield on Oxford – Something for Everybody

Yes sir, for me on this search for Oxford’s pictorial history, it just doesn’t get much better than this. This shot has a little something for every-Oxford-body, and then some. First it has in it the reason the photo ever came my way. The Hole-In-The-Wall record store has come up in several threads lately and […]…

July 20, 2015 with 3 Comments
John Cofield on Oxford – Ole Miss’ Timeless Charm

John Cofield on Oxford – Ole Miss’ Timeless Charm

We take it for granted, yes we do. But we are reminded as we walk the Earth away from Ole Miss, that her beauty is rarely matched out here. We call it home, and she calls all who have loved her home. This summer haze will clear and soon Ole Miss will be in the […]…

July 13, 2015 with 10 Comments
John Cofield on Oxford:  No. 2 Falkner vs. No. 1 Dillinger

John Cofield on Oxford: No. 2 Falkner vs. No. 1 Dillinger

We all know about William, the whole world has heard of our Nobel Laureate. But any Oxford folks who know what’s what around here will tell you that there were three younger Falkner brothers who paved their own way into Oxford’s history, and beyond as well. Most in the literary world also know William’s brother,…

July 6, 2015 with 0 Comments
John Cofield on Oxford: A Beacon

John Cofield on Oxford: A Beacon

I can write in a general way that makes anyone go, “Oh yeah, that’s the Beacon.” But all kidding aside, the Beacon is the heart of Oxford. For the core of the people who claim Oxford as theirs, removed from Ole Miss or the county, Flem Mize named his restaurant ever so correctly. It’s a […]…

June 25, 2015 with 4 Comments
Cofield on Oxford: Six Months in ’62

Cofield on Oxford: Six Months in ’62

My friendship with the Cofield family stretches back more than 50 years. Col. J. R. Cofield was an early and valued mentor and his son Jack was a co-worker at the University of Mississippi. The Col. and Jack were well-regarded photographic artists and had a great knowledge of and appreciation for Oxford, its roots and […]…

June 5, 2015 with 0 Comments
Cofield On Oxford — Our WWII Ole Miss Boys

Cofield On Oxford — Our WWII Ole Miss Boys

It was getting late in World War II and Oxford and Ole Miss were intertwined in a grief that can only darken small college towns. For the men of the Square much was the same; customers, workers, the stock, the bills, slow times and strong days, the ebb and flow of normal business…but nothing was […]…

May 25, 2015 with 2 Comments
Cofield on Oxford: Six Months in ’62

Cofield on Oxford: Six Months in ’62

Where have you gone old Oxford town, why did you have to leave us? Oxford laments its Mayberry but knows she is long gone. Faulkner more than most, more vocally than any probably, lamented it bad. But in the most ironic of twists, maybe a double twist and I don’t think I’ll ever be sure if […]…

May 23, 2015 with 4 Comments
Cofield on Oxford — On Account of Faulkner

Cofield on Oxford — On Account of Faulkner

Gone, but never forgotten he is. He was bigger than us and the aftershocks of his earth-shaking literary genius will forever reverberate down through the Oxford ages, and up the drive at Rowan Oak. Into Memphis they fly. Down through Mississippi they drive. In twos and threes and in bussed groups they come. Into Cofield’s…

May 1, 2015 with 0 Comments
Cofield on Oxford — an American in Jerusalem

Cofield on Oxford — an American in Jerusalem

“Today is the day; my youngest son, Jordan, begins his journey as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces. There is no adequate way to express how fiercely proud I am of him and his decision to protect citizens of all religions and nationalities from persecution by extremist groups who strive to destroy the freedom […]…

April 27, 2015 with 3 Comments
Cofield on Oxford — The Second Time Around

Cofield on Oxford — The Second Time Around

They weren’t buying many photographs during The Great Depression. The Cofields got by on vouchers from Ole Miss and the little cash business that came through the door. Then, he was raking leaves one Sunday and Grandmother Cofield came running to the front door and yelled that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. Granddad said…

April 6, 2015 with 0 Comments
Cofield on Oxford: The Run of the Place, Part XIII

Cofield on Oxford: The Run of the Place, Part XIII

An excerpt from the previous piece in this series, THE RUN OF THE PLACE, Part XII Turning to go, postponing the comfort of riding the Square, the energy of my mind and legs both long for an easier riding remembrance. Backpedaling and coasting by the Ice House, Billy Ross Brown and Ben Pettis shake hands […]…

March 31, 2015 with 0 Comments
Cofield on Oxford — Do You Know It?

Cofield on Oxford — Do You Know It?

Rebels, we are in a special time. The Ole Miss ‘here & now’ is rising on the backs and standing on the shoulders of our heroes who have gone on and fought on before us. We have been a household name before, but not all 15 minutes of publicity are good. But some are. A […]…

February 18, 2015 with 2 Comments
Cofield on Oxford — ‘Soggy’ was a Rebel

Cofield on Oxford — ‘Soggy’ was a Rebel

“It was a tour de force,” Judge Sweat said in a 1989 interview with The Daily Corinthian newspaper. Judge Noah Spurgeon “Soggy” Sweat Jr., of Corinth, was a former judge and lawyer whose 1952 “Whiskey Speech” became a monument to political doubletalk. His professional and political career included…

February 9, 2015 with 0 Comments
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