East Texas Press announces the 2016 Cowboy/Cowgirl of the Year Winners!

7 community members awarded signed proclamations from Texas Senate naming them their town's 2016 COTY

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 lack of written law on the frontier made it necessary for the cowman to frame some of his own guidelines on how to conduct himself, thus developing a rule of behavior which became known as the “Code of the West.” These homespun laws were not written into statutes, but were respected on the range. Because there was no law, pioneers who lived in and settled the west were bound by these unwritten rules which centered on hospitality, fair play, loyalty, honesty, a deep respect for the land, and a rock solid work ethic. Though the cowman might break every law of the territory, state and federal government, he took pride in upholding his own unwritten code. His failure to abide by it did not bring formal punishment, but the man who broke the code became, more or less, a social outcast.

In subsequent years, many versions of these frontier guidelines for behavior were recorded under a variety of titles. Some of these include The Code of the WestGene Autry’s Code of Honor, Cowboy Code of Ethics, the Lone Ranger’s Creed, and Roy Rogers Riders Club Rules. The tenets of these codes are surfacing more and more in our interaction with others. We think that’s a good thing, so we decided to post our own version of it here for your consideration and perhaps adoption.

The National Day of the Cowboy
Code of Conduct for Cowboys & Cowgirls©

1. Live each day with honesty and courage.

2. Take pride in your work. Always do your best.

3. Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.

4. Do what has to be done and finish what you start.

5. Be tough, but fair.

6. When you make a promise, keep it.

7. Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.

8. Practice tolerance and understanding of others.

9. Be willing to stand up for what’s right.

10. Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals.

 

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.

 

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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!

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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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Joe Orr, 2016 COTY, Mt. Enterprise
 
Brother Joe brings out the best in others by helping them look at things from another view. He is a quick draw to give a hug or a shoulder to cry on if needed.
 
He brings you out of your comfort zone in a way that you don’t really know what hit you until you are out of that comfort zone and doing things you would not do
 
normally such as praying out loud in front of others or helping others in need or volunteering to do something that you wouldn’t normally volunteer to do. He
 
teaches you to always do your best, be fair and if you make a promise keep it and of course practice tolerance and understanding by always loving others. The
 
knowledge Brother Joe receives by reading and learning new things, no matter if it is about our Country, Fishing, Hunting, Poetry or saving souls it is something he
 
is always willing to share with others. Brother Joe is always willing to speak at events and give it his best even if it is a spur of the moment event. You can
 
always count on Brother Joe to be wearing his cowboy hat and boots, even in church. No matter what city you are visiting or what training you are attending
 
chances are you can count on running into someone who either knows Brother Joe or has heard him speak at one of his events when you mention that you are
 
from Mount Enterprise. The one and only thing Brother Joe dislikes is green beans so if you are not a green bean you can expect to be welcomed with a kind,
 
caring, loving heart and a smile always on his face. You will never meet a finer man than Brother Joe.
 
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The Joaquin, Texas COTY winner declined to be recognized.  We at ETP sincerely appreciate the community for sending in nominations and we do regret not being able to honor your town's outstanding community member.  
 
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