Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman's Award of Honor Recipients

Warren Davis

2018

Warren Davis hopes that he honors those who have gone before him in making the CS Ranch a success. The future of our way of life is tough and you have to love it.

Shannon Hall

2018

Shannon believes his greatest pleasures in life come from being able to saddle his horse, see the sun rise, enjoying God’s creations and simply being a cowboy.

Candi Cowden

2017

The spirit of her forbearers resides in Candi as demonstrated in her reluctance to allow her heritage to be forgotten. She strives to increase her knowledge, to leave her land better than she found it, and hopes to inspire upcoming generations to develop similar philosophies.

John Anderson

2017

John Anderson, has spent his whole life on and now operates the Muleshoe ranch with wife Kevva. John hopes for the future of our culture and country is that we keep the roots of that culture, the Bible and the Constitution in our daily lives.

Jimmie Powell

2016

Jimmie served as Past President of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association, the National Wool Growers Association and the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association.   His family has been breeding purebred Hereford cattle since 1954. 

Pete Bonds

2016

Pete says his greatest pleasure of working his ranches comes from “handling a set of ouchy cattle on a real good horse”.  He believes the future of the cattle business is extremely bright because there is a lack of people staying in or going into the business which reduces the amount of competition.

Jim Nicholson

2016

Jim Nicholson’s greatest pleasures in his work come from doing what he truly enjoys, being on good horses, well bred cattle, and being around and meeting good people in the industry.  He says it really should not be called work.

S. A. Baxter

2015

S. A. Baxter is a sixth generation rancher born in 1931 on the family ranch in San Saba and Lampasas Counties, Texas. He says, There is no better feeling than to ride a good, young horse that you raised and started, on a good spring day.

Royce Fort

2015

We were taught to work, take responsibility for our actions, and to entertain ourselves. Looking back, Royce said, If you apply yourself, work hard, have patience, and maintain the Christian values we were taught, things will work out OK.  Technology changes, right and wrong stays the same.

Bob Kelton

2015

Bob Kelton was born in 1948 to a 4th generation West Texan father Jim Tom Kelton & mother Doris Calley Kelton. His greatest pleasure is working cattle on horseback.

Joe Bill Nunn

2014

Joe Bill says his fondest memories of that time of his life were the summers spent gathering cows, flanking calves, helping the neighbors, getting to rodeo a little and roping in the branding pens. Those years were where he learned the lessons of the range. “Treat everyone how you want to be treated and work...

Ken Welch

2014

The West Texas ranching landscape has been home to now seven generations of a family named Welch.  Those generations of Welches have endured many hardships and heartaches and as well have enjoyed many triumphs and achievements. 

James ‘Jimmy’ Donnell

2013

Jim says he has seen many changes in the cattle and ranching business over the last 60 years. When he was a kid they worked cattle horseback from the 5th of July until Labor Day when he had to go back to school. They saddled their horses before daylight and worked until noon, rested during...

Chris Lacy

2013

Chris set out on a path of improvement, not making changes just to be flexing the muscles of a new manager on the place but making changes that were for the right reasons. These changes demonstrated his ability to adapt to the changing economic environment of the day.

Billy Green

2013

Billy has maintained a cow-calf operation of crossbred Hereford – Angus cattle. Billy says “we never know what we’re going to get. That’s kind of the tough thing about this business,” Green concludes. “Mother nature doesn’t ‘entitle’ you, and you must live with what she gives you.”

Chris Scharbauer

2012

Chris is the fourth generation of a family that began ranching sheep in 1883 and brought some of the first registered Hereford cattle to West Texas in the late 1880’s. He is president and owner of Scharbauer Cattle Company and owner of the Five S Ranch in the Texas Panhandle.

John Welch

2012

John Welch was born in Midland, Texas to parents Charles and Eileen Welch. John continues to ranch on 23,000 acres in Southern Colorado. He currently serves on the boards of the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raiser’s Assoc., the Texas Livestock Marketing Assoc. and the Spade Ranches.

Jon Means

2012

Everyone always thinks about what all the pioneer men did. They were working cattle, hunting bears, running lions, going to Fort Worth to sell cattle, while the women were at home having babies in tents. I’m telling you, the women are the people who held the West together. He describes his grandmother as a wise,...

Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman's Award of Honor Recipients

Year 2000

Frank Cowden, Jr.* - Midland, TX
Bill Craft - Clarendon, TX
Ted Gray* - Alpine, TX
James Kenney* - Carlsbad, NM
Tom Linebery* - Kermit, TX
Alf Means* - Valentine, TX
John Pearson* - Eunice, NM
Buster Welch - Rotan, TX

Year 2001

Billy Cogdell* - Tulia, TX
J. J. Gibson* - Paducah, TX
Jiggs Mann* - Clarendon, TX
John R. Scott* - Miles, TX
Jim White* - Marfa, TX

Year 2002

Courtney Cowden* - Midland, TX
Linda Mitchell Davis - Cimarron, NM
Jim Tom Kelton* - Pecos, TX
Giles Lee - Lovington, NM
Tom Moorhouse - Benjamin, TX

Year 2003

John R. “Rich” Anderson - Gail, TX
James Dyer - Fort Davis, TX
Bob Eidson* - Lovington, NM
Helen Kleberg Groves - Baird, TX
Edward Vincent* - Lefors, TX

Year 2004

Sam Britt  - Grenville, NM
John D. Holleyman* - Corona, NM
Ralph Miller - Fluvanna, TX
Clayton Williams, Jr. - Midland, TX

Year 2005

Johnnie Burson* - Silverton, TX
J.P. Miller, Jr.* - Coleman, TX
Dogie Jones - Watrous, NM
Elliott “Chope” Phillips* - Amarillo, TX
Arlan Youngblood* - Lamesa, TX

Year 2006

Hence Barrow* - Odessa, TX
Bob Green* - Albany, TX
Bob Jones* - Dell City, TX
Buddy Major* - Las Lunas, NM
Dick Snyder* - Clayton, NM

Year 2007

Frank Beaver* - Snyder, TX
Edward “Smokey” Nunn* - Deming, NM
Gretchen Sammis* - Cimarron, NM

Year 2008

Melvin Cotten* - Andrews, TX
Doug Fernandes - Pecos, TX
Larry Fernandes - Kermit, TX
Byron Fort* - Tatum, NM
Kenny Smith* - Hobbs, NM
Ray Snead* - Dalhart, TX

Year 2009

Don Hofman - Tucumcari, NM
Carl Lane Johnson - Tatum, NM
Myrle Kelton - May, TX
Tee Knox - Tarzan, TX
Vernon Miller* - Big Spring, TX

Year 2010

Bob Byrd - Jayton, TX
Sunny Edwards* - Big Spring, TX
Ted Harper* - Marfa, TX
Jack Kirkpatrick - Post, TX
Bluford Thornton - Pyote, TX
Arthur Wight - Goldsmith, TX

Year 2011

Cole Armstrong* - Pecos, TX
H. G. Bedford* - Midland, TX
John Dublin, Jr. - San Angelo, TX
Bill L. Lee - Buckeye, NM

Year 2012

Jon Means - Van Horn, TX
Chris Scharbauer - Amarillo, TX
John Welch - Wolfforth, TX

Year 2013

James Donnell - Fowlerton, TX
Billy Green - Albany, TX
Chris Lacy - Ft. Davis, TX

Year 2014

Joe Bill Nunn - Deming, NM
Ken Welch - Baird, TX