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Chapter Happenings Around The Lone Star State

published: January 10th 2020
source: ICA Of Texas

Southeast Texas ICA
By Chuck Kiker
    The folks in southeast Texas welcomed in the New Year and are feeling fairly optimistic about 2020.  We’ve had less than two inches of rain so far this year and welcoming the potential of not hitting the century mark by next December 31.
    The 2019 Southeast Texas ICA Drawdown has been rescheduled and relocated.  The new date will be Jan. 25, 2020 at White Me-morial Park in Anahuac, Texas.  We’re pretty excited that we are still going to be able to hold the event.  Barring any hurricanes or other climatic events, the 2020 Drawdown will be back in Winnie, Texas in October.
    On a sadder note, we lost one of our foundation members over the holidays, Bobby Thornton passed away Dec. 22.  He was the head steak cooker for over 25 years for the Drawdown and was notoriously fa-mous for the second party held at the Drawdown every year behind the community building, where over 500 steaks were cooked for the event.  Thornton was also the co-chairman of the Southeast Texas ICA Commercial Bull and Heifer sale since its inception 24 years ago.  He loved people and was also a lifetime committee member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Commercial Bull and Heifer Sale, having served on that committee over 30 years. He never met a person he didn’t like or didn’t like him!  He loved his family and he loved good cattle.  He leaves big shoes to fill and will be sorely missed.
    We are also gearing up for the 2020 Southeast Texas ICA Commercial Bull and Heifer Sale on March 14, 2020 at Ford Park in Beaumont, Texas.  This will be our 25th anniversary and will feature 90 bulls and 350 to 400 commercial females.  The cattle markets appear to be improving so we are hoping this will be a banner year.  Please try to come, it’s a heck of a good time if nothing else.
South Central Texas ICA
By Paula Riggs
    A.L. “Windy” Miller, founder of our chapter has died.
    He was born in Santa Barbara, California on May 20, 1951. His parents, Leslie Franklin Miller and Gene Miller Boothe brought him to Texas at 18 months of age and he always claimed Texas as his home. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Laurie Crouch Miller; two sons and their wives: Les Miller (Jennifer D.) and Lyle Miller (Jennifer A.) and six grandchildren: Ashley, Makayla, Wyatt, Ryann, Travis & Kyle; and sister Jeanine Livingston; brother, J.O. Miller (Kathie) along with numerous nieces and nephews.
    He graduated from Poteet High School and then attended Southwest Texas Junior College and Southwest Texas State University. He joined the San Antonio Police De-partment (SAPD) in 1974 in the class of 74-D. He served with SAPD for 23 years and 10 months on patrol, was on the first SWAT team and ROP (Repeat Offenders Pro-gram) where he formed many life-long friendships. He retired from the police department to further his private business of selling pet supplies and feed.
    After selling his business and selling their home in Floresville, The Millers RV’d for another year before accepting the manager position at Braunig Lake RV Resort where they both worked for 10 years. Miller grew into an outstanding co-manager sharing many of the skills he learned while being raised in Poteet and Devine. The couple often were heard saying the RV years were their best memories ever.
    Miller’s rare cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, returned in 2017 after an initial occurrence in 2003. He fought long and hard with medical and natural cures for several years.
    He was an active cattle rancher working with his dad on Double Bar M Ranch near Pandora, Texas. He became a director and state officer for the Independent Cattlemen’s Association which led him to form a local chapter in Floresville, the South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen Association (SCTICA). One of the activities he was most proud of was starting the Buck Taylor/SCTICA Team Roping where his friend, Buck Taylor, would come rope. Miller stayed active for many years in ICA attending meetings, helping with various activities and supporting many different fund raisers.
    Miller was also an active volunteer for San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo (SASSR). He served as volunteer, was a life member, served on the horse show committee, served as vice chairman of and chairman of the SASSR Hall of Fame Committee, director, director emeritus, and was on the SASSR Trailblazers/ Past Chairman’s committee. 
    Donations in his memory can be made to the Steffany Lynn Sklar Scho-larship Fund, P.O. Box 1168, Lockhart, Texas 78644. 
    A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the First Baptist Church in Floresville, Texas.  For anyone wishing to leave condolences for the family, share memories or sign the online guestbook you may do so at

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