Born August 9, 1936 in Sulphur to Buel Earl and Helen Christine(Love)Green, he died
Monday, Feb. 12 in Oklahoma City.
He was a life-long resident of Sulphur, graduating from Sulphur High School in 1954.
He joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1953 and began a career as a
professional rodeo cowboy, fulfilling a dream. He competed in only the bull riding
event in his early days. Some highlights of his career included winning both
go-rounds and the average at Ft. Madison, Iowa in 1959. One of the bulls he rode for
eight seconds had never been ridden. This earned him a picture on the cover of
Time magazine. That same year, he won second in the average at Madison Square
Garden in New York City with a purse of $3,200. He also won the bull riding event at
the Calgary Stampede in 1964 and qualified for the first National Finals Rodeo in
1959. He would make six consecutive National Finals as a bull rider. He finished ninth
in the world in 1957.