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University Archives, Special Collections Department, University of Memphis Libraries


Cartoon by "Commercial Appeal" cartoonist Bill Day, dated December 14, 1983, commemorating the death two days earlier of Memphis State University head football coach John "Rex" Dockery (1942-1983) in a plane crash in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Dockery had coached at the University of Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech before becoming head coach at Memphis State in 1981. He had an 8–24–1 record at Memphis State, starting his tenure with back-to-back 1–10 seasons and going 6–4–1 in his final season. Dockery was killed on December 12, 1983, in a plane crash en route to an appearance before the Quarterback Club. Also killed in the crash were Memphis State freshman Charles Greenhill, offensive coordinator Chris Faros, and booster Glenn Jones.


1983 December 14


Memphis State University--Football.; Dockery, John, 1942-1983.