Friends reflect on how Coach Gayno Shelton touched their lives
By BARBARA GREEN
Gayno Shelton may have left the gym 33 years ago after a successful coaching career, but even after he left the hardwood this “diehard Jackarabbit” was still shaping young people and impacting lives during his retirement.
Legendary Bowie High School Coach Gayno Shelton died on March 19 and his loss is being mourned by the Bowie community and those familiar with high school sports during his 30-year career. Shelton has been in lagging health since last fall related to some heart issues and falls.
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. on March 25 at Bowie Intermediate School gym, formerly the high school gym. After the service friends and family may gather in the former high school band hall to visit, share memories and enjoy finger foods. A private family burial will take place later. See the full obituary in today’s edition.
Born and raised in Duncan, OK, Shelton was active in football, basketball and baseball, and he also served as class president his senior year.
He attended Murray State College for two years and completed his education at Oklahoma State University and Austin College where he earned a bachelor of science degree. He later earned a master’s degree at North Texas State University.
Shelton served as Bowie High School’s head basketball coach from 1965-1990. His 25-year record at Bowie was 525 wins and 213 losses. He led his teams to 15 playoff appearances, 12 district championships, three district runner-ups, eight regional qualifiers, four regional finals, one regional title and a state championship.
Before coming to Bowie he was head coach at Gene Autry High School and Waurika High School. His career record was 621-249 across some 900-plus games.
Read the full feature on Gayno Shelton in the mid-week Bowie News as friends and former players reflect on the coach known as a “diehard Jackrabbit.”
Motorcycle, truck-trailer crash kills one
A 60-year-old Bowie man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a trailer being towed by a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon southwest of Montague.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Marc Couch of media relations said the crash occurred at 1:55 p.m. on May 30 at the intersection of Lone Star Road and Hildreth Pool Road. 2.5 miles southwest of Montague.
The accident involved a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Raymond Melton Mills, Bowie, and a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup towing a 2020 Easton Car & Construction utility semi-trailer.
According to the preliminary investigation, the DPS report the motorcycle was traveling north on Lone Star Road, while the pickup and trailer were going south on Lone Star Road at the intersection with Hildreth Pool. The truck was turning right onto Hildreth Pool when the motorcycle failed to yield half the roadway to the truck and trailer driven by Israel Lozano, 39, Decatur striking the towed trailer.
Mills was ejected from the motorcycle striking the trailer. He was transported by air ambulance to Medical City Denton for treatment of his injuries, but died under a doctor’s care due to the sustained injuries.
This accident was investigated by Trooper Bradly S. Slade, Nocona, who was assisted by several other troopers and county sheriff’s office deputies. The report states Melton was not wearing a helmet.
Correction- The print story stated the victim’s name was Raymond Melton, but it has been corrected to read Raymond Melton Mills. We apologize for this error.
Bowie graduate takes job as asst. principal at Bowie Junior High
Chris Cornelison, who grew up in Bowie, was selected to be the new Bowie Junior High School assistant principal.
The board of trustees met in a called meeting on May 25 to consider recommendations. He will fill the vacancy left with Jason Childress moved to the intermediate school as its new principal.
Cornelison is a 1991 Bowie High School graduate and played on the 1991 Class 3A state semi-final team. He received a basketball scholarship to Cisco Junior College and East Texas Baptist University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in education in 1997 from ETBU. This is his 27th year of teaching with stops in Hillsboro, Lampasas, Livingston, Shepherd, Humble and five years at Bells with the last three as athletic director.
Read the full story in your weekend Bowie News.
CORRECTION – Cornelison is starting his 27th year in education starting his career in Hillsboro in 1997. His wife, Steffani, also a Bowie graduate and will be the new counselor at BHS. Their daughter Bethani is 22 teaching in Forney and another daughter Carli, 18, who is a sophomore elementary ed. major at Texas Tech.
Foster Care Town Hall on June 15
2INgage invites everyone to a Foster Care Town Hall to learn about community-based care in Montague County and discuss how the community can work together for children experiencing foster care here.
The program will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 15 at the Montague County Cowboy Church, outside Montague. Lunch will be provided.
This event is hosted by 2INgage to explore the child welfare system in this area. It will provide information about the service this company provides, statistics on youth in care for Montague County, help explain the need for more local foster families as well as identify additional gaps in the foster care system. At this time there are 18 children removed from Montague County in care according to 2INgage.
Those who wish to attend or have questions can email email@example.com.
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