G. Wilson to lead 81st Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo

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Graham Wilson of Henrietta serves as president of the 81st annual Clay County Pioneer Reunion, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 13, 14 and 15.

Wilson was born July 27, 1924 in Deer Creek, the son of John Gordon and Elizabeth Smith Wilson. He attended grade school at Deer Creek and Bluegrove and was awarded a diploma from Midway High School in 1948 after being drafted and serving in WWII. On June 20, 1948 he married Bobbie Dugger at the First Baptist Church of Bluegrove.

He has two daughters, Susan Wilson Horn of Henrietta, Karen Wilson McCluer of Shawnee, Kan.; four grandchildren, Aaron Horn, Emily Horn Edwards, Amy McCluer Gustin, and Kristy McCluer; and four great-grandchildren.

Wilson retired from the US Postal Service at Sheppard Air Force Base before his retirement; and is a retired rancher. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta. He is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 41 of Wichita Falls, Life Member of the VFW Bucky Boyd Post 5401; and a member of Masonic lodge 454 in Henrietta.

Wilson is a former Post Commander of the DAV Chapter 41 in Wichita Falls; former president of Henrietta ISD school board; former member of Clay County Beef Committee; and a former member of Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Wilson served on the Nine Man Board from 1985-1987 and 1991-1993. He served as Chairman of the Board in 1993.

In 2009, GAP Broadcasting, DAV and Senior Citizens Services of North Texas honored Wilson as a member of “The Greatest Generation.”

First vice president of the CCPA is Carla Sue Pullen of Bellevue. She is the wife of Rayford Pullen and has three children, Lee Moss, Marsha Shoemaker and Kevin Pullen, and nine grandchildren. She is the daughter of the Carl and Ida Mae Mayfield, deceased.

Pullen is a rancher, and volunteers for Pioneer Reunion and Turkey Fest. She is a member of the Bellevue Babes Bunco group.

Second vice president is Linda Bevering of Charlie. She is the wife of Jack Bevering and has three children, Wendy Coker, Casey Sims and Jackeline Bevering, and six grandchildren. She is the daughter of the late Carl Klein and JoAnn Schenk Klein. Bevering is retired Clay County Title after 32 years, and is a member of Western Heritage Christian Church.

Secretary is Judy Davidson of the Neville Community. She is the wife of Bob Davidson and has one daughter, K.J. Davidson of Henrietta, and one grand child. She is the daughter of the late Verna and Ina Crump. Davidson worked for seven years at the Wichita Falls Clinic, 14 years at Clay County Memorial Hospital and four years at Henrietta Care Center. She is retired. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Henrietta.

Honorary vice presidents are L.C. Harrison of Charlie, Leda Roe of Buffalo Springs, Eldon Cobb of Joy and Lindy Choate of Byers.

Harrison was born March 12, 1940 in Charlie to Herman and Lois Harrison. He graduated from Petrolia High School in 1959 married wife Carolyn in the same year.

He is a farmer and rancher, and a member of the CCPA, has served on the Nine Man Board and is a past state director for Farm Bureau. He served on the State Agriculture Pesticide Board, the Clay County Memorial Hospital Board, Clay County Appraisal Board and spent 10 years as a director for Wichita Falls Production Credit.

Harrison has two children, Russell Harrison, and LeAnna Harrison, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Leda Roe was born Oct. 12, 1931 in the Lodge Creek Community near Shannon to Jim and Addie (Coody) Garrett. She attended school at Antelope, and married Wayne Roe at the Antelope Methodist Church 58 years ago. She is a farmer and rancher, and a member of the Antelope Methodist Church. Roe is a member of the CCPA, Clay County Historical Society and the West Texas Historical Society.

Eldon Cobb was born July 19, 1935 on the Fassett and Tuttle Ranch seven miles southwest of Iowa Park to Carl and Gouldie Cobb. He attended school in Iowa Park and Henrietta, and attended college at Texas A&M. He married Margie Groves in Henrietta. Cobb was a rancher for 41 years. He was ranch manager for Hammond Ranches for 14 years and owned Clay County LP Gas & Fina for 10 years. Cobb served six years in the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Texas A&M Association of Former Students.

Lindy Choate was born Nov. 11, 1941 in Byers to Royce and Esther Choate. He received his education from Byers ISD and Midwestern University, and married Deanna Camp in Wichita Falls. Choate is the Clay County Commissioner of Precinct 1, a position he has held for 15 years. He spent 12 years working for Welex, farmed and ranched for 20 years, and was a county employee for four years.

Choate is a member of the CCPA, and served 12 years in the Byers ISD board, ASCS Committee for nine years, Nine Man Board for two terms and as chairman in 1997, 10 years in the Nortex TRACS Committee, and two years on the appraisal district regional board and on the review committee for five years, a state appointment.

Choate has two children, Landis Choate Felts and Lindy Todd Choate, and four grandchildren.

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