Fount William Mattox

Fount William Mattox

Birth
Grandfalls, Ward County, Texas, USA
Death 16 Mar 2001 (aged 91)
Searcy, White County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Searcy, White County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 37147176 · View Source
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Founding president of Lubbock Christian University.

Fount is the son of Judge and Irene Mattox. He married Mildred Grace Formby on 11 Jun 1929 in Hoswar Co., Arkansas.

Dr. F. W. Mattox, founder and first president of Lubbock Christian University died Friday, March 16, at 3 p.m. in Searcy, Arkansas at the age of 91. Funeral services were held at the College Church of Christ Monday, March 19. It is largely to the tenacity, vision, and enthusiasm of this great man that Lubbock Christian University exists today. Dr. Mattox served as president of LCU from its founding in 1956 until his retirement in 1974. During his 18 years as president, he watched it grow from a few temporary buildings in a cotton field to an established four-year college and from a student body of 110 students in 1956 to one of 1100 students in 1974. According to Dr. Harvie Pruittt, LCU's third president and a faculty member under Dr. Mattox, 'It'd be really hard to overemphasize the great work he did starting the college from scratch. In those years, he did a little bit of everything.' He recruited teachers, oversaw construction of the campus's first permanent buildings, enlisted trustees and sought private donations. A native of Texas, Dr. Mattox was born in Grand Falls in 1909. He received his B.A. degree from Central State Teacher's College in Edmund, OK in 1934; his M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1940; and his Ph.D. degree from George Peabody College in Nashville, TN in 1947. He was married to the former Mildred Formby in 1929. They had two children, Mrs. Reese Bryant and Dr. Joe Mattox, and seven grandchildren. The dream of Dr. Mattox's-- to provide a quality education in a Christian environment for countless students in Lubbock, TX has certainly come true. It will serve as his great legacy as Lubbock Christian University continues to goes about its mission of "changing lives."


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  • Maintained by: Tom Childers
  • Originally Created by: Trisha
  • Added: 16 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37147176
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fount William Mattox (17 Jul 1909–16 Mar 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37147176, citing White County Memorial Gardens, Searcy, White County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .