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Jonet Zachry crowned Pioneer Queen prior to Thursday’s rodeo

Clay County Pioneer Association President Cecil Sparkman crowns Jonet Zachry of Byers as the 2013 Pioneer Queen prior to Thursday night's rodeo performance.

Clay County Pioneer Association President Cecil Sparkman crowns Jonet Zachry of Byers as the 2013 Pioneer Queen prior to Thursday night’s rodeo performance.

Cecil Sparkman, president of the Clay County Pioneer Association, crowned Mrs. Jonet Zachry as Pioneer Queen of the 82nd Clay County Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo at Tex Rickard Arena Thursday night.

The ceremony took place on the Queen’s Float, built by Don Davis and crew.

Duchesses, representing communities throughout the county, are Lois Browning, Alice Moore, Martha Moose and Shezda Scott.

Queen Jonet Zachry

Jonet Zachry

Jonet Zachry

Reigning as queen for the 82nd Annual Clay County Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo is Jonet Zachry of the house of Fleming. Queen Jonet was April 15, 1936 in Byers. Her parents were Kenneth “Kirk” and Vera Snook Fleming. Queen Jonet is representing the community of Byers.

Queen Jonet attended school in Byers from elementary through high school. She married to the late Claude “Doodle” Zachry on Sept. 19, 1954 at the Byers United Methodist Church. Today would have been their 59th wedding anniversary. Queen Jonet has two children, Lori Ann Zachry Bunch and Ken Zachry, both of Byers. She has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Queen Jonet worked in the office at the Byers Gin from 1987 until the gin closed in 1996. She and her husband became owners of the gin after the passing of her father.

Queen Janet is a member of the Byers United Methodist Church. She is a member of the Byers Improvement Group and served on the Byers ISD School Board for 12 years. Queen Jonet was awarded the citizenship award her senior year at Byers High School. She played all sports in school and continued to play softball and volleyball until almost 40 years of age. She was a Clay County Rodeo Queen contestant in 1953 and 1954, in 1953 her grandmother, Jose Fleming was the Pioneer Queen.

Queen Jonet’s dress was worn by Doodle Zachry’s aunt, Clara Zachry in 1983 when she was Pioneer Queen, Jonet’s mother-in-law, Mary Zachry, wore the same dress in 1990 when she was Pioneer Queen. Jonet feels honored to be able to wear the same dress in 2013.

Attending her on the float is Cutler Rollins and Hunter Anderle.

Duchess Lois Browning

Lois Browning

Lois Browning

Representing the community of Bluegrove is Lois Marie Browning of the house of Coker.

She was born Aug. 15, 1940 to Earvin Lee and Mary Ellen (King) Coker at her parent’s home in Bellevue. Duchess Browning attended and graduated from Bellevue ISD. She married Billy J. Browning June 5, 1959 at the Bellevue Baptist Church. She has two children, Teresa Denise Smith of Weatherford, and Billy Bob Browning of Bluegrove. She has four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Duchess Browning worked as a seamstress at home while her children were small. She worked for Moore’s Hardware for several years, served on the Bluegrove Water Supply Board for 38 years as a director and billing secretary. She retired from the Bluegrove Post Office after 33 years, and served as postmaster for 23 years.

Duchess Browning is a member of the Bluegrove Baptist Church and teaches the senior adults. She is a former member of the Midway PTA and booster club. She is a member of the Bluegrove Memory Makers. She has served two terms on the Bellevue School Scholarship Committee.

Duchess Alice Moore

Alice Moore

Alice Moore

Representing the community of Petrolia is Alice Moore of the house of Howard.

She was born Sept. 21, 1934, to Avera and Effie (Burris) Howard in Johnson County. Duchess Moore attended elementary school in Sunset and graduated high school in Bowie. She attended Midwestern University in Wichita Falls.

Duchess Moore married Howard Moore on Nov. 20, 1973, in Petrolia. She has a son, Mike Thompson of Wichita Falls, and two stepdaughters, Mary Adams of Dean, and Connie Berlingeri of Lubbock. She has 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Duchess Moore is a retired nurse and worked at the Bowie Memorial Hospital for 13 years, Midland Hospital for two years and Clay County Memorial Hospital for 22 years. Duchess Moore is a member of the First Baptist Church of Petrolia and attends the Ruth Bethany Sunday School Class. She is a member of Home Circle Club.

Duchess Martha Moose

Martha Moose

Martha Moose

Representing Henrietta is Martha Helen Moose of the house of Williams.

She was born Feb. 3, 1936 in Stamford to Erman D. and Ruth Raines (Covey) Williams. She moved to Henrietta in April of 1945. Duchess Moose attended grade school in Haskell, Archer City and Henrietta, and graduated from Henrietta High School.

Duchess Moose has one daughter, Julie Elaine (Moose) Skinner of Gainesville. She has one granddaughter, Abigail Rains Skinner. Duchess Moose worked one year for the Clay County Clerk, 14 years for Slagle Abstract and 39 years for Airco Plumbing and Sheet Meal, Inc.. Duchess Moose is a member of the Henrietta Church of Christ, Clarion Club and Ceramtones Craft Club. She was a Pioneer Reunion Rodeo Queen contestant in 1956. She played a Saloon girl in the 1973 production of Rawhide and Ruffles.

She volunteered at 1890 Jail Museum and Heritage Center in 2009, and has been a volunteer at Clay County Memorial Hospital since 2008.

Duchess Shezda Scott

Shezda Scott

Shezda Scott

Representing the community of Buffalo Springs is Shezda Ann Scott from the house of Bell.

She was born May 21, 1941 in the Denver Community of Montague to Ocie and Linnie (Chesser)Bell. She moved to Clay County in 1963. Duchess Scott attended grade school in Sunset and graduated from high school in Bowie. She attended Mrs. Carter’s School of Cosmetology and earned a beautician license.

Duchess Scott married Laverne Scott Sept.19, 1963 in Bowie. They attended the Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo after being married and are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today. They have lived on the place where her husband Laverne was born and raised and lived in the Old River Cattle Co. ranch house until they built their present house. Duchess Scott has one daughter, Laton Scott Biehl. She has two grandchildren, Matthew and M.D. Biehl and two great grandchildren Mattie and Keiley Biehl.

Duchess Scott owned Scott’s Country Curl at Four Corners in Clay County for seven years. She worked for Haggar Apparel Co. for 22 years and has been an antique dealer for the past 15 years. Duchess Scott is a member of Pleasant Mound Freewill Baptist Church, known at the Rock Church, in Buffalo Springs.


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