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CCPA President Wilson crowns Janice Hise as 2012 Pioneer Queen


Pioneer Queen Janice HIse of Bluegrove was crowned Thursday night by CCPA President Graham Wilson.

Clay County Pioneer Association President Graham Wilson crowned the 2012 Pioneer Queen at Tex Rickard Arena Thursday night. The ceremony took place on he Queen’s Float, Built by Don Davis and crew.

Janice Hise

Reigning as queen of the 81st Annual Clay County Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo is Mary Janice Hise of the house of Hughes. Queen Janice

was born Sept. 19, 1931 in the Deer Creek Community. Her parents were George and Velma Lee (Dickey) Hughes. Queen Janice is representing the community of Bluegrove.

Queen Janice attended grade schools at the Deer Creek, Brown and Bluegrove, graduating from Midway in 1950. Queen Janice married Bob Hise on Feb. 5, 1954 in Wichita Falls. They have been married for 58 years.

Queen Janice has two daughters, Brenda Styles of St. John, Virgin Islands, Kathy Nell of Lake Arrowhead, and one son, Larry Hise of Wichita Falls. She has four granddaughters.

Queen Janice worked for Bell Telephone for six years, J.C. Penney’s four

years and retired from Midway School after 11 years.

Queen Janice is a member of the Bluegrove Baptist Church. She is a

member of the Texas Extension Education Association, Memory Makers and

Quilting Club of Bluegrove.

Queen Janice’s hobbies include travel. She and husband Bob traveled for more than 10 years with their travel trailer with family and friends. Other hobbies include quilting, especially with the ladies of the Memory Makers at Bluegrove, working in her yard and garden growing vegetables to share with her family and friends.

Representing the community of Bellevue and Vashti is Patricia C. Simmons of the house of Stell. She was born Dec. 19, 1935 in Pecos to

Patricia Simmons

Harmon and Laura Lee Stell. She moved to Clay County with her family in 1951. Duchess Simmons attended grade school in Pecos, and graduated high school from Bellevue. She attended college at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Wash. Duchess Simmons married Bobby Simmons on June 8, 1956 in Bellevue. Duchess Simmons has one son Bobby Dan Simmons of Arlington, and two grandchildren.

Duchess Simmons worked as a secretary in Wichita Falls from 1955-1964, for the Credit Bureau from 1979-1982, as a teacher’s aide at Henrietta lSD from 1982-1990, as office manager from 1990-1997 and substitute teacher at Bellevue lSD from 1997 to the present time. She has worked in the Clay County School System for more than 25 years.

Duchess Simmons if a member of the Church of Christ and is an active member of the Vashti Community Center. Duchess Simmons was a Pioneer Rodeo Queen contestant in 1955 representing the community of Vashti.

Duchess Simmons currently lives on the Stell family homestead two miles east of Vashti. Her family always raised cattle and she continues the tradition today with a small herd.

Dixie Alcorn

Representing the community of Henrietta is Dixie Alcorn of the house of Brock. She was born Oct. 27, 1933 in Buffalo Springs to Robert Allen and Effie Todd Brock. Duchess Alcorn attended grade schools in Buffalo Springs, Bellevue and Bluegrove. She graduated from Midway High School and attended college at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. She earned a certification as Adult Probation Officer at Sam Houston University.

Duchess Alcorn married Paul Alcorn Aug. 11, 1951 at the First Christian Church Parsonage in Henrietta. She has two daughters, Paula Alcorn and Nancy McClain of Henrietta. She has one grandson.

Duchess Alcorn was appointed by Judge Marvin London to serve as Adult Probation Officer for Clay County in 1978. She retired from that position in 1998. She was employed by the Clay County Title Company working for the late Robert Mitchell and last for Linda Bevering for 13 years.

Duchess Alcorn is a member of the First Christian Church and has served as church organist for many years. Duchess Alcorn is a member of the Clay County Historical Society. She serves on the Law Enforcement Advisory Board at Nortex Regional Planning Commission, representing Clay County.

Duchess Alcorn had the honor of being chosen to participate in the 1950 Pageant held at Hapgood Football Field during the Pioneer Reunion. She feels that this is a very special honor to be able to represent Henrietta as Duchess during the 81st Clay County Pioneer Reunion.

Representing the community of Jolly is Gloria Bagley of the house of Burke. She was born Oct. 21, 1943 in Stamps, Lafayette County, Ark., to

Gloria Bagley

Grady lorenzo and Ullian Elizabeth Andrews Burke. She moved to Jolly in January 1972. Duchess Bagley attended both grade school and high school at Stamps ISD in Stamps, Ark.

Duchess Bagley married Wayne Bagley on April14, 1963 in Oklahoma City,

Okla. Her husband Wayne is manager of the Dillard Ranches. She has one son Brent Bagley and wife SeRena of Wylie, and step-daughter Leaetta McLeroy and husband Jimmie of Lubbock. She has one grandson, Clayton; four step-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren.

Duchess Bagley was a secretary for Wichita Clutch Company from 1964-

1968 and a legal secretary for Harold D. Rogers from 1968-1988. Duchess Bagley is affiliated with the Baptist Church. She is a member of the Wichita Falls Bowling Association, including past director; S.A.C.K.(Sharing About Cancer Knowledge) and a Support Group for Cancer Survivors.

Duchess Bagley is a Breast Cancer Survivor. She has served as Cooking Judge for Texas Ranch Round-up and does limited volunteer work for the American Cancer Society. In school she was on the starting lineup in basketball her junior and senior years and voted most athletic her junior and senior years. She was a high school cheerleader and in the National Honor Society her senior year. Duchess Bagley is an avid Dallas Mavericks fan.

Nova Fleming

Representing the community of Charlie is Nova Lucille Fleming of the house of Duce. She was born March 4, 1939, 3.5 miles south of Petrolia to Perry and Nancy Elsea Duce.

Duchess Fleming attended and graduated from Petrolia School. She attended Midwestern State University.

Duchess Fleming was married to the late William Fleming on June 20, 1958 in the Charlie Baptist Church. She has two daughters, Debra Clark of Dean and Cynthia Williams of Petrolia. She has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Duchess Fleming has been involved in farming and ranching for 54 years. Duchess Fleming has been a church pianist for 58 years playing for the Dean and Charlie Baptist churches and the Methodist Church in Petrolia. Duchess Fleming is a member of the Airstream Travel Club and the Wally Byam Caravan Club.


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