Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame

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Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductees

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Induction into the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame is commemorated with the presentation of the Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee Award. This award is given annually to no more than four men and/or women who have roots in Lea County and who have distinguished themselves in the rodeo world or have contributed to the area's ranching industry. In addition to the three individuals selected by the membership, the Board of Directors may choose no more than one person per year who meets special criteria. Each inductee receives their own case in the Hall with artifacts donated by their families and a poster bio.

Want to nominate someone for induction? Nominations are accepted all year round from the general public. The board will vote on and send out ballets to Museum Members in late August/September. Nomination forms can be found here.

Take a look at our inductees by the year they were inducted.  We will be making this page more interactive over time.

 1978

Clyde Browning John Easley Pello Etcheverry
Jake McClure Henry Record George Weir
  Dow Wood  

 

 1979

Tom Bingham Troy Fort Mary S. Hooper
Earl Kornegay Dessie Sawyer Andrew Coke Taylor

 

1980

Daniel C. Berry George Causey
Robert Florence Love Warren Snyder
Will Terry  

 

1981

Samantha Anderson Marrion Ruben Bess
Richard David Lee John Davidson Graham

 

1982

Jimmie Baum Cooper Alfred Green Rushing Adam Zimmerman

 

1983

Roy Dale Cooper John Simeon Eaves Claudie A. Fort

 

1984

Allen Clinton Heard Amos Dee Jones James Lewis Reed

 

1985

Bob Beverly John Merchant Bill Zimmerman

 

1986

W.A. Anderson Daisy Clayton Nellie Taylor

 

1987

Millard Eidson Rubert Madera

 

1988

Gene Price Olin Young

 

1989

Clay McGonagill Bert Weir

 

1990

Mark Smith Thelma Webber

 

1991

Edith Davis Fanning Buddy Melton Medlin

 

1992

Dale “Tuffy” Cooper William S. “Colonel” Williams

 

1993

M.R. “Russ” Anderson J.W. “Uncle Jim” Owens

 

1994

Charles Walter Fairweather Matthew Hawkins Medlin

 

1995

Fern Sawyer William Robert Bilbrey

 

1996

W.D. “Jiggs” Dinwiddie Tom Pearson

 

1997

John Lusk U.D. “Ulysses” Sawyer

 

1998

Betty Gayle Cooper Ratliff Tom Linebery

 

1999

Ella Belle Holeman John Pearson

 

2000

Herchel R. “Gravy” Field John Byron Fort

 

2001

Homer Ingle

 

2002

Bill Lee Virgil Linam Giles Lee

 

2003

Tom Bess Suzanne Jones

 

2004

Punch Jones Marvin Powell

 

2005

Sanford Bilberry R.D. Sims

 

2006

Bob Eidson

 

2007

Becky Jo Doom Richard D. Lee
Larry F. Wooten Kenny Smith

 

2008

Bill Brininstool Roy “Buddy” Fort

 

2009

Sam Bruton Faye Linam

 

2010

Scharbauer Eidson Bill Smith

 

2011

Kress Jones Charlie Daymon Hardin

 

2012

Gene Cessnun Walter "Lee" Greebon William Daniel "Dub" McWhorter

 

2013

Charles William "C.W." Kinsolving Evelyn Muriel Terry McNeill Hugh "Rack" Ward

 

2014

Johnny Martin Etcheverry Malcolm R. Madera Christopher Columbus “Lum” Medlin

 

2015

Guy Allen Dorthy Bess
Jimmie Tom Cooper Carl E. Sams

 

2016

Bert Madera Phil Smith, Sr. Charlcia Taylor

 

2017

Bennet Jackson Caudill Jerry B. Clayton Mathias Willhoit

 

2018

Charlie Butler "C.B." Cochran Herbert Neil Love