East Texas Press announces the 2016 Cowboy/Cowgirl of the Year Winners!
East Texas Press hosts the Cowboy/Cowgirl of the Year Contest for the East Texas Area. ETP asks for nominations from the seven towns it covers. ETP recognizes an outstanding member of each community by awarding them their town's official cowboy/cowgirl of the year proclamation signed by State Sen. Robert Nichols and the Texas Senate. The 7 winners attend the Frontier Days Parade held in Timpson where they are then recognized and given the proclamations in front of over 2,000 people in attendance. To win COTY, the nominee must live by the Cowboy Code of Conduct. Being a rodeo participant or even having farming/ranch-type skills is not a qualification. The Cowboy Code of Conduct is as follows:
The Cowboys’ Code of Conduct
The National Day of the Cowboy
Code of Conduct for Cowboys & Cowgirls©
Bobby Daw, 2016 Cowboy of the Year
The 2016 Cowboy of the Year for Center is Bobby Daw. He is a native of Shelby County although his family moved to Houston when he was a small child, and he grew up there, graduating from Houston’s M.B. Smiley High School.
Bobby is a visible presence around Shelby County, as he is a long-time member of the Shelby County Cookers. The 39-member group does barbequeing and grilling delicious meats for many and various benevolent causes.
The Shelby County Cookers was re-established and invigorated around 1988, after having dwindled down from its original formation. Bobby said that Rick Campbell and others instigated the start-up of the present group.
Members of the Shelby County Cookers also participate in Shelby Go Texan organization, which travels to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo each year. The purpose of the visit is to compete in the BBQ Cookoff. Fundraisers are held by the Go Texan group to raise money for scholarships.
Bobby retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1981, for which he had worked close to 20 years. He lives with his wife, Debbie, on Folsom Chapel Road. The couple enjoy activities with four daughters and their families.
Travis Adams, 2016 Gary Cowboy of the Year
Travis Adams, owner/operator of Hi Lo Horses and Bulls, has lived in Gary for 20 to 25 years. He was born and educated in Benton, Arkansas, moving to Texas after meeting someone from Carthage.
For 25 years, Travis traveled the rodeo circuit as a bull fighter and rodeo clown. He stated that he loved rodeoing and cowboys so much that when he retired from rodeoing himself, he bought property and livestock for Hi Lo.
Travis is married and has a 13-year old daughter, Emma, who goes to school in Gary where she is actively involved in team sports and cheerleading. He thinks she might go into rodeoing later, but is too busy right now.
Part of the job of leasing stock to rodeos is going along with them to the rodeo sites. Travis has to take care of his animals while they are out of town. This weekend he will be traveling to Prescott, Arizona with horses and bulls for a big rodeo there. Travis will be travelling without his family who will remain in Gary, and he will be gone for a week or week and a half.
Congratulations, Travis, and safe travels to the rodeo!
Jimmy Wayne Lee 2016 Garrison Cowboy of the Year
Jimmy Wayne Lee, who is Garrison Cowboy of the Year for 2016, has lived in Garrison his whole life. He has been very involved in rodeo and team roping, and now has a 13-year old daughter, Jasee, who competes in rodeo and playdays.
Jimmy lives in Garrison on 18 acres with his wife, Melinda, their daughters, and horses. The family recently returned from Dallas where they participated in the Kendra Dickerson Clinic, practicing needed competitive skills with horses. Melinda Lee said that they practiced with the horses during the day and participated in prayer at night. During this time, Jimmy baptized his daughter into Christ.
“Practice tolerance and understanding of others,” number 8 on the Cowboy Code of Conduct, is one of Jimmy’s best traits. In fact, according to Melinda, Jimmy goes above and beyond in always striving to help anyone and everyone who needs that help. She said that his kindness and generous spirit were instrumental in her falling in love with him. Jimmy also loves kids and loves having them around.
The Lee household is a busy one, as Jimmy works for Diamond Offshore. His schedule means that he is gone every other month, and then is home for a month. At the present time, he is working away.
Congratulations to Jimmy, a worthy cowboy from Garrison
Carolyn Hooker Scull, 2016 Tenaha Cowgirl of the Year
Carolyn Hooker Scull was nominated by her friend(s) as Tenaha’s 2016 Cowgirl of the Year. This nomination was surely a result of Carolyn’s exemplifying the tenets of the Cowboy Code of Conduct. She does live with honesty and courage, always does her best, does what has to be done, is clean in thought, word, deed and dress, and is willing to stand up for what is right.
With her first husband, Ben Dick Hooker (now deceased), Carolyn did live on a place with acreage where cattle roamed. She moved to Tenaha in 1980 from Huntsville with Ben, where they were (and she still is) members of First Baptist Church in Tenaha. Ben was a native of Tenaha, graduating from Tenaha High School. They raised two daughters, Sharon and Shannon, who are married and live in Houston. Carolyn’s grandchildren call her “Dah.” After Ben’s death, the cattle were sold, and the Hooker acres are leased.
Carolyn has served in many aspects of community and church activities. She is the immediate past president of Tenaha Businessmen’s Club and is serving with Claudine Howard on the Tenaha Beautification Committee. Carolyn has always been interested in improving her community and worked to do just that. She was honored with the Community Builders Award by Tenaha Masons-first in the area. Carolyn has previously served on the Shelby County Beautification Committee.
Carolyn has been married since 2015 to John Scull, who owns Scull Timber Company in Tenaha. John was widowed, also. The Sculls and the Hookers had known each other for years, both families being members of First Baptist Church in Tenaha.
Surprised by her nomination, Carolyn is honored to be recognized for her service.
J.T. Rhodes, 2016 Timpson Cowboy
James Tinsley (J.T.) Rhodes was nominated for Timpson Cowboy of the Year, and anyone who knows this family knows that J.T. exemplifies the “Cowboy Code of Conduct.”
Lifelong resident of Timpson, he was born to Fred Bridwell Rhodes and Mary Lois Patrick Rhodes in Timpson. His grandparents were Elizabeth Ann Gill Rhodes, who moved from Wilkes County, Ga. To Shelby County around 1900.
J.T. was a chicken farmer for 44 years and cattle rancher before he retired. Also, J.T. operated a commercial haying business on their property – the same property where he was born. He has served as a Trustee for the Timpson ISD School Board. J.T. and his wife, Barbara Jean “Jeanie” Green Rhodes (sister of Tempie Green Pike), raised their two sons and one daughter in Timpson and supported every aspect of their children’s school life and extracurricular activities. They were active in 4H, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. The Rhodes’ daughter, Treva Jo, served as Frontier Days Queen one year. J.T. has served as a Trustee for the Timpson ISD School Board.
In his younger years, J.T. was active in sports relating to horses and heavy equipment, such as rodeoing and tractor pulling. Both the Rhodes are supportive of community projects and enjoy their three children and two grandchildren, all who live in the area.
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