Eddie Maloney of Cowboy Maloney’s dies at 71
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Family members have confirmed that Eddie Maloney, President and CEO of Cowboy Maloney’s, died Wednesday morning following a short illness related to lung disease.
Eddie Maloney was president of Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City Appliance Centers, which includes 13 locations throughout Mississippi. Cowboy Maloney’s secured its place in history by selling the world’s first DirecTV home satellite system.
“He was a visionary in business,” said Johnny Maloney, Eddie’s brother. “He took care of the customers and also took care of his associates, taking the stores from a two-store chain all the way up to a 13-store organization.”
Maloney also wore many other hats, including the former president of the Ole Miss Alumni Association, Jackson Preparatory School Foundation, and the Country Club of Jackson. He gave his time to the community by serving as chairman of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, St. Dominic’s Hospital Foundation, St. Catherine Village Foundation, and Hospice of Mississippi.
“I hope that people will look at the things that he’s done and say, ‘I’m going to continue that legacy,’” said Crisler Boone, Jackson Prep Chief External Affairs Officer.
“He just was kind of a shining light for us,” noted Mary Woodward, Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. “And we could always depend on knowing that he loved his faith and that he wanted to help in any way he could with the ministries of the church.”
“Eddie would not appreciate what we’re doing today talking about the good things that he’s done. He was a very private person,” added Johnny Maloney.
Eddie Maloney was also co-owner of the Jackson Mets and Jackson Generals baseball clubs.
While with the Mets, Frank Cashen, the General Manager of the Mets, stated many times that Eddie had the best job in baseball, “keeping the beer cold and playing golf.”
That’s a mark on the Jackson sports scene that Rick Cleveland remembers fondly. But more importantly, he remembers him as a good friend.
“He always went, always went out of his way to make you feel like the most important person in the room,” said Rick Cleveland. “A lot of people are good talkers and he was, but he was a good listener, too. You know, he’s just a terrific guy.”
He was also a member of St. Richards Catholic Church, where he sang in the choir and served on many church committees.
Maloney attended St. Richards Catholic School, Holy Family Catholic School, and St. Joseph High School, where he excelled in basketball and baseball.
Maloney and his wife Rhoda have three children, Lindsey (Kevin) O’Connell, Leigh Anne (Bobby) Coleman, and Kelly Maloney Nations, and four grandchildren.
Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann also reflected on Maloney’s passing, saying Mississippi has lost a “good man.”
“We all have a terrific loss in losing Eddie. He had an infectious personality. He was hard-working and, I guess, probably the biggest compliment you can ever pay anybody; he was a good man,” Hosemann said. “And we are going to miss him.”
What he loved most? His family.
“One thing that Eddie enjoyed doing was singing,” recalled Johnny Maloney. “One of the last experiences I can remember of him singing was at the Sugar Bowl this past year, down in New Orleans. He got on stage and sang brown-eyed girl. That was a song that he always singing to his wife, Rhoda. She’s blue-eyed girl, so he would always change it from brown-eyed girl to blue-eyed girl. If you have ever thought about Eddie Maloney, please make sure it’s a smile on your face. Because that’s what he tried to do.”
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