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Tommy Moore, 83, president of NCHA from 1983 – 1984, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. An  NCHA Members Hall of Fame inductee , as well as a member of the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, Moore was also NCHA Non-Pro Reserve World Champion in 1979 and 1980 riding Royal Santana, who he showed to win the 1980 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals.

Tommy Moore on Royal Santana.

During Moore’s two-year term as NCHA president, he was instrumental in seeing the Judges Monitor System put into practice. In addition, during his term, the NCHA Classic and Challenge, at that time separate classes, were integrated into the NCHA Derby (Summer Spectacular) venue, and Moore won the first NCHA Challenge Non-Pro championship, showing Sana Doc, by Peppy San.

Moore became interested in cutting competition in 1975, after retiring from his businesses, including a company that manufactured electric and acoustic guitars sold worldwide under the Jackson-Charvel name.

Trainer Dub Dale introduced Moore to the sport, and two years later, recommended a new direction. “I’ve taken you as far as I can take you,” Dale told Moore. “You need to get with the master, Matlock Rose.”

“It wasn’t a real cordial relationship at first,” said Moore of his beginnings with Rose. “This guy started on me from the way I put a blanket on a horse. And all during this time, there was never a lot said between Matlock and me. But a mutual respect developed and it finally resulted in the fact that he became the closest male to me in my life, other than my father and my son.”

Moore and Rose hauled together in 1977 and 1979, when Rose won the NCHA Open World Championships on Peponita, and Moore was riding Royal Santana and Senor Towie. In 1980, when Moore claimed the NCHA Non-Pro World Championship for the second consecutive year, his son, Tom Moore II, also coached by Rose, won the NCHA Youth World Championship.

“There is no such thing as quit,” said Moore, reflecting on his connection with Matlock Rose. “You’ve got to be fiercely competitive in the cutting arena, just like in manufacturing. If you’re not, somebody is going to run over you.”

No family services are planned for Tommy Moore, but his family suggested memorials in his name be made to Cook’s Children’s Hospital or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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Regan Plendl on Cats Lightning Rey. Ted Petit Photography.

Regan Plendl, Kingsley, Iowa, the second rider to work in the Metallic Cat NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Finals, won the championship with 220 points riding Cats Lightning Rey, by NRR Cat King Cole. Megan Miller, Poolville, Tex., scored 219 points for the reserve championship on Carolena Reyn, by Dual Smart Rey, while Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., and Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., tied for third with 217.5 points on Hott Heels and High Stylin CD, respectively.

Regan Plendl, the NCHA earner of $282,231, was a finalist in last year’s Classic Challenge Non-Pro riding Mr Metallic Rey LTE $154,343, by Metallic Cat. This year, in addition to the NCHA Classic Challenge win, Plendl and 5-year-old Cats Lightning Rey LTE $119,071 claimed the NCHA Western Nationals Non-Pro championship, as well as the Non-Pro Cutting Classic Amateur Unlimited championship.

Megan Miller on Carolena Reyn. Ted Petit Photography.

 Megan Miller, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $1,184,340, came into the Classic Challenge off of a championship win with 5-year-old Carolena Reyn LTE $243,038, in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro. The pair also won the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals, and on Thursday, Matt Miller, Megan’s husband, showed Carolena Reyn as a finalist in the Classic Challenge Open Finals.

The NCHA Classic Challenge is the fourth Non-Pro working finals for Julie Jarma and 5-year-old Hott Heels in 2019. Hott Heels LTE $100,597, by Hottish, also placed third on Thursday in the Classic Challenge Open Finals with Lloyd Cox.

Langston Pattillo, the NCHA earner of $310,122 and 2018 NCHA Amateur Rider of the Year, has won three limited age event working finals aboard 6-year-old High Stylin CD $205,908 this year, including the Bonanza Non-Pro Classic, as well as the Bonanza Amateur Unlimited, and the Breeders Invitational Amateur Unlimited. Last year, Pattillo and his High Brow CD gelding won the NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur Unlimited and the Classic Challenge Amateur championship, and also claimed Classic championship wins in the Breeders Invitational Amateur and Unlimited Amateur, as well as the Bonanza Amateur.

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Rollz Royce, ridden by Beau Galyean. Ted Petit Photography.

No doubt about it. Rollz Royce, sired by Dual Smart Rey, owned the Metallic Cat NCHA Classic Challenge Open Finals, following a riveting 229-point run under Beau Galyean, for owner Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss. Duramax Dually, shown by Wesley Galyean for the Glover/Galyean Partnership, Claremore, Okla., was reserve champion with 222.5 points, and Hott Heels, under Lloyd Cox for Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., placed third with 222 points.

Five-year-old Rollz Royce LTE $243,336 came into the Classic Challenge following a 228-point win with Galyean in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Classic. It was his seventh major limited age event win and a personal record. Third Cutting, shown by Boyd Rice in 2010, holds the NCHA Classic Challenge record, with 230 points; Rollz Royce is the fifth horse in the history of the event to score 229 points. Quintan Blue was the first, with Roger Wagner in 2007, while PG Heavily Armed, under James Payne in 2018; Ichis My Choice, with Grant Setnicka in 2017; and Reyzin The Cash, shown by Gary Gonsalves in 2016, complete the five.

Duramax Dually, ridden by Wesley Galyean. Ted Petit Photography.

Five-year-old Duramax Dually $159,873, by Dual Rey, came into the Classic Challenge off of three 2019 Open limited age event finals performances with Wesley Galyean, and after also claiming the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro reserve championship with Kristen Galyean.

Hott Heels LTE $73,520, a 5-year-old gelding sired by Hottish, carried owner Julie Jarma this year as a Non-Pro finalist in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, the Breeders Invitational Classic, and the Bonanza Classic. Lloyd Cox also showed Hott Heels as Open reserve champion of the Breeders Invitational, and as a finalist in the Bonanza Classic Open.

In addition, Sundance Jessie, sired by Metallic Cat, and owned by Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., won the $40,000 Metallic Cat Incentive with 219.5 points, under John Mitchell.

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Jody McGlothlin on Somethingtobelievein. Ted Petit Photography.

Jody McGlothlin’s win aboard Somethingtobelievein in Wednesday’s NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited might not have been quite as thrilling as her win on the talented mare in the 2016 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Limited, but as their last run together in Will Rogers Coliseum, it was equally as significant. McGlothlin scored 222 points to claim the Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited championship, while Lucchese Cogdell took reserve with 219 points, and Kolby Don Moore placed third with 217.5 points, in the 12-rider field.

Somethingtobelievein, bred by Shane Plummer, has accumulated NCHA earnings of $240,191 under Jody and her husband, Brett, who trained the Hydrive Cat daughter. This year, Somethingtobelievein has carried Brett and Jody as finalists in 10 major limited age events, including the Augusta Futurity 5/6 Classic Non-Pro.

Jody McGlothlin’s first championship in Will Rogers Coliseum came in 2006, when she won the NCHA Derby Amateur title on Platinum Bob. She had shown only a few times in Fort Worth since then, when she claimed the 2016 Futurity Non-Pro Limited – with 222 points – on Somethingtobelievein. Jody and Brett live in Perrin, Tex.; Jody has lifetime NCHA earnings of $237,252.

Lucchese Cogdel on Yall Im Countin. Ted Petit Photography.

Lucchese Cogdell, Tulia, Tex., won the 2007 NCHA $10,000 Amateur World Finals, when she was 10, and showed as a 2011 NCHA Futurity Amateur Finalist, when she was 14. Her mount in Wednesday’s Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited finals was Yall Im Countin, sired by Im Countin Checks and owned by her parents, Dick and Kippi Cogdell.

This year, Lucchese, the NCHA earner of $206,235, showed both Yall Im Countin LTE $28,293 and McLintockk LTE $40,111 as finalists in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited. She also placed with McLintockk in the Unlimited Amateur finals of the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Classic and the Cattlemen’s Classic.

Kolby Don Moore, Crawfordville, Fla., was a 2018 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro finalist aboard  Highbrow Nadine LTE $44,262, his 2019 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited mount. In 2018, Moore and the gray daughter of High Brow CD claimed reserve in the Southern Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro Finals, and this year, they were reserve in the NCHA Eastern Nationals $25,000 Non-Pro Novice division. Moore is the NCHA earner of $112,375.

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Langston Pattillo’s 222-point score aboard High Stylin CD, on the first day of the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Non-Pro go-round, held through the last day of first go-round competition, and was never topped. But four riders on the last day of the 137-rider go-round gave spectators a “finals worthy” thrill with four 220-point scores in near succession, during the last set of the day.

Carly Chiarelli on Olive Martini. Ted Petit Photography.

Carly Chiarelli and Olive Martini laid down the first 220-point score, as fourth to work in the 14-rider set. Next came Chelsea Tatum, seventh to work on Bobs Smart Rey; followed by Julie Jarma, ninth to work, riding Hott Heels; and Paula Wood, eleventh to work, aboard Open first go-round winner Cool N Hot.

Carly Chiarelli and Olive Martini LTE $116,986, by Metallic Cat, won the 2018 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro Limited with 222 points. Chiarelli, who lives in Poolville, Tex. and is the NCHA earner of $307,643, also won the 2009 NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur riding Lil Peppys Advantage LTE $130,973.

Six-year-old Olive Martini, who placed third under Megan Miller in the 2017 NCHA Derby Non-Pro, is a half-sister to Miss Martini Play, the dam of Copaspepto LTE $417,440 and Stylish Martini LTE $361,920, among 11 earners of over $1.1 million out of Miss Martini Play.

Chelsea Tatum on Bobs Smart Rey. Ted Petit Photography.

Chelsea Tatum and 6-year-old Bobs Smart Rey LTE $150,515, by Dual Rey, have won six major limited age events and placed second in four others, including 2019 Non-Pro Limited championships in the Breeders Invitational; the NCHA Super Stakes Classic; and the Arbuckle Mountain Classic. Tatum, the NCHA earner of $145,915, is from Overbrook, Okla.

Julie Jarma on Hott Heels. Ted Petit Photography.

Among her many limited age event championship wins, Julie Jarma has claimed the 2012 and the 2104 Brazos Bash Classic Non-Pro titles on SS Blacks Lil Kitty and Shortful, respectively, as well as the 2014 Abilene Spectacular Classic Non-Pro on SDP Hydriven Hicapoo; the 2008 NCHA Derby Amateur with Crazy Rey; and the 2010 Cattlemen’s Derby Amateur on Short Scootin. Jarma, who lives in Whitesboro, Tex., is the NCHA earner of $432,884.

Five-year-old Hott Heels LTE $73,520, by Hottish, most recently placed as 2019 Breeders Invitational Open reserve champion under Lloyd Cox, and qualified with Cox for Thursday’s Classic Challenge Open Finals.

Paula Wood on Cool N Hot. Ted Petit Photography.

Paula Wood, Stephenville, Tex., the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $2,476,719, is one of the sport’s all-time leading non-pro money earners. An NCHA Non-Pro World Champion and many times Non-Pro World Championship contender, Wood won the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro on Donas Suen Boon $425,911, a mare she bred, and a half-sister to 2018 NCHA Horse of the Year Cool N Hot LTE $320,143.

Cool N Hot, sired by Hottish, won four major Open championships in 2018, including the NCHA Super Stakes under Kobie Wood, Paula’s husband. Earlier this year, Paula Wood showed Cool N Hot to win the Abilene Spectacular Classic Non-Pro title.

The Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Non-Pro continues on Wednesday with the second go-round, featuring 68 riders who qualified with 213 points or higher from the first go-round.

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Langston Pattillo on High Stylin CD. Ted Petit Photography.

Langston Pattillo, St. Elmo, Ill., took control on the first day of the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Non-Pro go-round with a winning score of 222 points on High Stylin CD, by High Brow CD, and with 220 points on Miss Lacey, by Kit Kat Sugar.

Alexa Stent, Aledo, Tex., earned 221 points, the day’s second-highest score, riding Peepaboo, by Docs Stylish Oak, while Cody Hedlund, Lipan, Tex., showing Teles On Time, by One Time Royalty, tied Pattillo’s 220 points.

In addition to winning last year’s NCHA Classic Challenge Unlimited Amateur and Amateur divisions, Pattillo and High Stylin CD also won Amateur championships in the Breeders Invitational Classic and the Bonanza Classic. In the end, Pattillo claimed top honors as 2018 NCHA Amateur Rider of the Year with $138,601, most of it earned aboard High Stylin CD, who was named 2018 NCHA Amateur Horse of the Year.

Six-year-old High Stylin CD LTE $192,826 was bred by Sunrise Ranch out of Stylin Playgirl LTE $203,277, by Docs Stylish Oak. So far this year, Pattillo and the talented gelding have won the Bonanza Classic Non-Pro championship, as well as the Breeders Invitational Classic Amateur Unlimited, and claimed reserve in the NCHA Super Stakes Amateur Unlimited.

Pattillo’s second mount on Monday, 5-year-old Miss Lacey LTE $8,535, was an Open finalist with Cullen Chartier in the 2018 PCCHA Derby and carried Pattillo in the Amateur Finals of the 2018 Brazos Brash, as well as the Amateur Unlimited Finals of the Southern Futurity. Bred by Jon and Traci Burgess, Miss Lacey is a half-sister, out of Smart Gemolena, to Im On A Safari LTE $205,416, by Playin Safari.

Alexa Stent placed third in the 2011 NCHA Classic Challenge Non-Pro riding Peepaboo’s dam, Little Bow Peepto LTE $134,559. Stent, the NCHA earner of $459,847, bred Little Bow Peepto and Peepaboo LTE $65,368, and has bred, owned, or shown many successful competitors from the same family, including Bowmerang LTE $145,014, by High Brow Cat, who she showed as reserve champion of the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro, as well as One Million Reasons LTE $45,328, a half-sister to Peepaboo, who placed third in the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro.

Cody Hedlund, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $945,443, showed 5-year-old Teles One Time LTE $74,994 to place on Sunday in the finals of the NCHA Classic Challenge Open Limited. Last year, the pair placed sixth in the NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals and won the Ike Hamilton 5/6 Classic Non-Pro championship, earlier this year.

Teles One Time is a half-brother to Meteles Cat LTE $433,565, Metallic Cat’s #2 leading money earner, shown by Cody and his father, Rock Hedlund. Teles Lies, dam of Meteles Cat and Teles One Time, was trained and shown by Rock Hedlund and is the dam of six NCHA earners of $801,228.

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Im Highly Decorated, sired by High Brow CD, and bred and owned by Norda and Jim Berger, Simonton, Tex., scored 221.5 points under Thomas Bray to win the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Open Limited championship. My Beach My Wave, the first horse to the herd in the 13-horse finals, and Lonnie Earl, the last to the herd, tied for reserve with 219 points under Dylan Meyer and Troy Riddle, respectively. My Beach My Wave, by Metallic Cat, is owned by Whit and Kim Davis, Millsap, Tex., and Lonnie Earl, by Spots Hot, is owned by Terry Riddle, Foster, Okla.

Six-year-old Im Highly Decorated LTE $25,328 made his Fort Worth debut as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Amateur Unlimited Semi-Finalist with Norda Berger, and in 2017 was an Open finalist in three major events with Lloyd Cox. Out of High Classed Model LTE $86,946, by Gallo Del Cielo, Im Highly Decorated is a half-brother to the Spots Hot gelding High Classed Hottie LTE $155,824, who was also bred by the Bergers.

Thomas Bray, Rosenberg, Tex., is the NCHA earner of $90,100. His biggest previous win came as champion of the 2015 Waco Texas Futurity 3-Year-Old Open Limited on Dulce Kitty, by Little Dulces Rey.

Five-year-old My Beach My Wave LTE $51,402 has been shown successfully in Amateur and Non-Pro limited age events by both Kim Davis and son Bear Davis, as well as by Dylan Meyer in Open competition. Most recently, Kim placed in the 2019 Pacific Coast Derby 5/6 Amateur Intermediate Finals and Bear placed in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro Limited.

Yesterday, Dylan Meyer also showed Whit and Kim Davis’s Rockin W daughter Rockin KW LTE $129,145 to qualify with 438 points (216 and 222) for the Classic Challenge Open Finals, to be held on Wednesday, July 17. Meyer, who lives in Jackson, Calif., is the NCHA earner of $354,489.

Lonnie Earl LTE $18,343, a 5-year-old Spots Hot son bred by Charles Burger and owned by Terry Riddle, earned money this year under Troy Riddle, as a finalist in The Non-Pro Open Classic and Open Intermediate Finals. Troy Riddle, the NCHA earner of $535,260, won the 1993 NCHA Futurity Open Limited riding Playboys Perfecta, by Freckles Playboy.

Eric Magby, Wilburton, Okla., showed One Sneaky Bluegrass, owned by Browne Enterprises LLP, to earn 217.5 points, the third-highest score in Sunday’s Finals. One Sneaky Bluegrass, a 6-year-old sired by Bluegrass Cat, also qualified with 438 points (220 and 218) for this Wednesday’s Classic Challenge Finals.

The Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular continues on Monday, July 15, with the Classic Challenge Non-Pro and Non-Pro Limited first go-round.

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Cool N Hot, ridden by Kobie Wood. Ted Petit Photography.

Cool N Hot and Kobie Wood won the day and the first go-round of the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge with 224 points on Saturday, the second day of the 24-day Summer Spectacular. Second Spot and Lloyd Cox marked 223 points, the second-highest score of the go-round, while Cox and Blackish claimed 222 points, the third-highest score, which tied Friday’s high-scoring horses Reystylin Smooth, shown by Adan Banuelos, and Sundance Jessie, under John Mitchell.

Five-year-old Cool N Hot LTE $320,143, sired by Hottish and bred and owned by Paula and Kobie Wood, Stephenville, Tex., made his limited age event finals debut with a fifth-place finish in the 2017 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity under Paula Wood. At four, he won four major Open limited age event championships, including the NCHA Super Stakes with Kobie, and earned the title of 2018 NCHA Open Horse of the Year. So far this year, Cool N Hot and Wood have been Open finalists in three major events, and Paula Wood showed the chestnut stallion to win the Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro 5/6 Classic championship.

Six-year-old Second Spot LTE $401,441, sired by Spots Hot and bred and owned by Gary and Shannon Barker, Madill, Okla., won the 2016 NCHA Open Futurity under Matt Gaines. As a late 4-year-old she was reserve champion of the Cotton Stakes with Lloyd Cox, and the pair came back in 2018 to earn money in the Open Finals of seven major events, including the reserve championship of the PCCHA Futurity 5/6 Classic and reserve of the West Texas Futurity 5/6 Classic. Earlier this year, Second Spot and Cox won the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Classic, as well as the Non-Pro Cutting’s Open 5/6 Classic, and they also claimed reserve in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Five-year-old Blackish LTE $127,322, sired by Hottish and bred and owned by Julie Jarma, Whitesboro, Tex., counts her richest wins as the 2018 Ike Hamilton Futurity and the 2018 Cattlemen’s Derby, both under Lloyd Cox. This year, Cox has shown the brown mare as a finalist in four major events, including as reserve champion of the Ike Hamilton Futurity 5/6 Classic.

Lloyd Cox, an all-time top 10 leading money earner of $8,979,299, won the 2012 NCHA Derby riding Blackish’s sire Hottish.  

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Long-time NCHA member Judy Spaulding, 79, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Judy was born April 27, 1940 in Las Animas, Colorado, daughter of Basil and Opal Ruth Simpson Smith.

She graduated from Lajunta High School in 1958 and attended Otero Jr. College. She married Jim Spaulding in 1965, and they spent 54 happy years together.

Judy was involved in many business ventures, including the cutting horse and cattle business. An avid photographer, she filled in as an emergency replacement for the show photographer at the NCHA Western National Championships one year. That launched a career which saw her pictures featured in Cutting Horse Chatter, as well as on the walls and in the albums of countless cutters.

Judy enjoyed the success of their High Brow Cat son Neat Little Cat, shown by Hall of Fame Rider Sean Flynn in his aged event career, which included reserve championships at the prestigious Western Horseman Cup, and the Brazos Bash. and a win at the Texas Classic. Neat Little Cat earned over $275,000 in a career that also saw him make the Top 10 in the NCHA Open World Standings two years in a row.

The Spauldings also bred a string of major aged event finalists, including Dualin Lights, Playing Short and Neat Little Shorty.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Spaulding of Millsap, Texas; brother, Stanley Smith of Pueblo, Colo.; sisters, Bettie White of Rocky Ford, Colo. and Joy Stark of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and many other extended family members and friends.

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Gary Ray and Lenas Star
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Gary Ray, 67, cutting horse trainer and AAAA-rated judge, passed away on July 11, 2019, in Throckmorton, Tex. Ray grew up working on West Texas ranches and, at the age of five, was introduced to cutting by his father, Jack Ray.

 After attending Cisco Junior College, in Cisco, Tex., Ray married Connie Ash, in 1973, and together for over 45 years, they worked side-by-side to develop a successful family business and acquired many friends and devoted clients along the way. In 1987, Gary showed Lenas Star, owned by Jim and Aline Jackson, Hesperus, Colo., to sweep the go-rounds of the PCCHA Challenge and score 229 points in the finals, at the time a record for the PCCHA and the second-highest score in NCHA history. The previous year, in his first season to perform, Lenas Star had won the PCCHA Classic with 228 points under Ray.

In 1988, in a field led by world champions Cash Quixote Rio and Hyglo Freckles, and with just two years of show experience, Lenas Star, trained and shown by Gary Ray, placed fifth in the NCHA World Championship standings.

Ray also won the Kansas 3-Year-Old Futurity six times between 1991 and 2006, and was an NCHA Derby finalist in 1985, on Boons Miss Priss, and in 2009, on Dual Sally Rey, as well as an NCHA Futurity finalist in 2006, on Della Modena.

Gary Ray was preceded in death by his father, Jack Ray. He is survived by his wife, Connie; his daughter, Terri Jo Flowers and husband Tim of Midland, Tex., his daughter, Wendy Masterson and husband Robert of Guthrie, Tex; eight grandchildren, Sloan Stephens, Sydney Stephens, Tod Flowers, Myca Flowers, Temi Flowers, Macy Flowers, Hadley Ray, and Mattie Masterson. Also, his mother, Helen Ray of Throckmorton, Tex.; brothers, Ronnie Ray of Stephenville, Tex., and Charles Ray of Springlake, Tex.; sisters Vonnie Jones of Throckmorton and Brenda Burns of Midway, Tex; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 15, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, Throckmorton, Tex. Family will receive visitors on Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., at the Smith Family Funeral Home, 107 N. Austin, Throckmorton, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Gary’s name to Horseman for Christ: PO Box 728, Archer City, TX 76351.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.


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