Serving as president of the Clay County Pioneer Association for the 83rd annual Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo is Clarence Raymond Klein.
President Klein was born July 28, 1937 At the Klein home northwest of Henrietta. His parents were Carl and Clyde Perkins Klein. President Klein attended lula Johnson Grade School and Henrietta High School. He married Sue Smith Klein on April 25, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Henrietta. President Klein has two children; Ginger Klein Schaffner of Henrietta and Chris Klein of Wichita County, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
President Klein worked for lone Star Gas Co. from 1959 to 1962, leon Bell Plumbing for two years and Sam Adams Dozer service for three years. He and his wife began a dozer service and together they have farmed and run cattle for 55 years.
President Klein is a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Clay County
Pioneer Association and the Clay County Historical Society. President Klein served on Henrietta School Board from 1974 to 1982, received the Honorary Chapter Farmer Award for 1978-1979 from Henrietta FFA, and, with wife Sue, received the Outstanding family in Agriculture Award from Clay County Chamber of Commerce In 1986. President Klein served on Nine Man Board from 1986-1989 and served as
Vice President of the Clay County Pioneer Association in 2006. He and Sue started helping with the rodeo dance when Leon Bell and Sam Adams ran it and continued when Wayne and leda Roe took the helm. After their departure, Sue and President Klein ran it for 10 years for a total of 25 years service.
“I would like to take this opportunity to say, ‘Hats off,’ to all of the Pioneers before us,”
said Klein, playing off the Pioneer Reunion Parade theme “A Hat and its Habitat,” in a letter to the Clay County Pioneer Assiciation. “We pay tribute to the earliest settlers of Clay County — the very first. By their experiences, they gained knowledge of their own to survive. They braved harsh elementsto make this county a better place for us to live today.”
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.
Pullen is a rancher, a Pioneer Reunion and Turkey Fest volunteer, and 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 Sherrell Wade of Byers, Hal Healer of Byers, Widgy Brown of Petrolia and Richard Bumpass of Deer Creek.
Sherrell Otto Wade was born Aug. 11, 1939 in Ringling, Okla., to Otto and Allene Wade. He moved to Clay County at the age of three and attended school in Byers, Texas. He married Winna Dean Wade on July 4, 1958 in Byers.
He and Winna Dean have three children, Cindy Dunkerley, Guy Wade and Melinda Tice. They have five grandchildren.
Sherrell has been a farmer and rancher for 56 years. He and Winna Dean attend the Cowboy Church in Henrietta, Texas. Sherrell served on the Nine Man Board in 1978-80 and again in 1986-88. He was chairman of the board in 1988.
Hal Loyd Healer of Henrietta was born Nov. 15, 1931 to Bill and Flo Healer in Ranger, and moved to Clay County at the age of 1. He attended elementary and high school in Henrietta and attending Midwestern University for one year.
He married Carma Bray Healer on Aug. 20, 1951 in Archer City. They have four sons, David, Kent, Mark and Chuck and have six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Hal worked for the Postal Service for 42 years. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta and the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Bellevue School Board for 18 years and in the United States Army for two years, 1952-1954.
William Lyon “Widgy” Brown of Petrolia was born June 29, 1950 to Bob and Betty Brown in Wichita Falls. He attended elementary and high school in Petrolia.
He married Mary Catherine Crain in Henrietta. They have two children, William Crain “Bill” Brown and Mary Ann Brown, and one grandchild.
He has been a rancher all of his life.
Richard Bumpass of Deer Creek was born Aug. 7, 1937 in Childress to R.E. “Bud” and Vertna Bumpass. He moved to Clay County approximately 15 years ago. He attended elementary school in CeeVee and graduated high school from
He married Karen Webb in Amarillo. He spent his working years at the Pitchfork, Four Sixes and Triangle T ranches. He has worked for many area ranchers doing day work.
He has a daughter, Aletha Hargis; a son, Richard Ray Bumpass, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and in 2010 was awarded the Trail Blazer Award at the Texas Ranch Roundup in Wichita Falls.