Kinny Haddox, beloved Louisiana Sportsman editor and prolific writer, passes away

Most of us knew Kinny Haddox as Kinny and never bothered to find out why our friend had such an unusual spelling of his Christian name.

Make no mistake, Kinny Haddox was a Christian man, but virtually nobody, save his family, knew him to be William Kinnison Haddox, born July 30, 1952 in Columbia in north Louisiana.

Oh, he traveled to a few neighboring parishes in his years, even left home to attend and graduate from Northeast Louisiana in Monroe, but never left his stomping grounds.

Now, my friend, and the friend to many more than could be listed here, has passed to the great sac-a-lait lake in the sky.

It’s not fair to say Kinny Haddox passed away, because that takes on a connotation we’ll forget his engaging smile, his quick wit, his love of all Louisiana’s outdoors has to offer to anyone eager enough to take a first step.

His presence is gone, taken away July 1 to Glory Land.

We started our journalistic journeys near the same time in the 1970s, him in Monroe and me in Baton Rouge. We fished with and against each other for several years, talked often when time allowed, more so (sometimes for hours) during the last three years when time did allow.

It was like this: both of us enjoyed fishing, baseball, football and hunting in that order. If we talked business, it wasn’t long before we talked about LSU sports and how he was going to continue his decades-long trek to Hoover, Ala., for the SEC baseball tournament.

Legend of the Louisiana outdoors

A family man, a grand writer, a legend in outdoor circles, and a thorn in the side of anyone who appeared to violate the trust of their fellow Louisianans, Kinny left sports and outdoors writing for near 20 years to work in private industry and provide for his family.

His adventurous return to outdoor writing came with an offer from Louisiana Sportsman, later an offer to be its editor and a return to his “fight for the right” mantra for our state’s fishermen and hunters. He treasured these times. He said so.

He reveled in the rebirth of Bussey Brake, a place he spent so much time in his younger years catching bass, sac-a-lait … really anything that would bite that day. He loved Lake D’Arbonne and lived on the lake in his early retirement years.

Missed will be his menus for LSU football game days. The days leading up to LSU taking on Arkansas last football season, I suggested a main course of pork spare ribs with Louisiana Hot Sauce. Kinny came back with pork loin marinated in Louisiana Hot Sauce served with a Creole mustard/Steen’s syrup sauce on a bed of Louisiana wild pecan rice. You couldn’t outdo this man when it came to his menus, not for football or his favorite preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The entire Louisiana Sportsman family offers heartfelt condolences to his wife DiAnne – they were together for 46 years and used later years to travel to make up for time away in his job – and to his son, Adam, and daughter, Julie, and their spouses and their five grandchildren.

Kinny Haddox will be missed – mightily missed.

His funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the North Monroe Baptist Church with interment at Hasley Cemetery.