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with Phillips to Borger. I'm afraid we cried a lot
that year. There was still a lot of black around,
but we soon found that the people were
friendly and our children entered three different
schools so we were widely spread in town.
Patsy was a sophomore at Borger High where
she excelled in Band and Future Homemakers
of America with the help of understanding
teachers. Michael entered Sam Houston Jr.
High and followed through graduating fourth
in his class of 1969. Debra entered Gateway
Grade School as a 6th grader and graduated
from Borger High in 1971. From our school
system we saw Patsy receive a Master's
degree from West Texas State University and
Michael received a Master's from American
Graduate School of International Management
last but not least Debra received her
degree in Business from TSTI. During the best
years of our lives, with the children settled in I
Mary Brown started to LVN school in 1966
and graduated from North Plains Hospital
school of vocational nursing in 1967. This
opened new doors and gave me what I always
wanted to do.
Mike and Patsy were active in sign language
for the deaf at Calvary Baptist Church.
Patsy a teacher in the Amarillo school district
is using this in her special education students.
Mike has used his in churches across the
No story would be complte without the
grandchildren, Michele and Mandy Blakley of
Amarillo, children of Patsy Brown Blakley.
Michael and Debra are residents of Hawaii
now. They all love to come home to Borger
and see what the folks have done to the old
home. We have remodeled, several times,
never get bored that way. Leon has been with
Phillips 22 years and hopefully we will make
Borger our home for a few more years.
Our most enjoyable trip with our family was
touring Texas from the Panhandle to the
Coast. We prefer the Panhandle. Borger has
been good to us and we hope we have given
something in return. Mary June Brown
The McEntire-Brown Family
I have lived in Texas all my life. I was born in
Dumas, Texas, in 1961, but came to Stinnett,
Texas, in 1970. My father Benny Darwin
Brown and mother Joyce Laverne (McEntire)
Brown moved to Stinnett that year. I will finish
High School in May 1979.
With all our modernization, it is hard for me
to realize that my grandmother Nannie Dell
Tenimore Brown moved from Arkansas in a
covered wagon to High Rolls, New Mexico.
There she met my grandfather, Benjamin
Author (Babe) Brown. They married June 15,
1931. My father was born on a ranch in New
Mexico in 1932. In 1935 my grandfather met a
Borger resident, Walt Delimeter, while deer
hunting, and he convinced my grandfather
that he should move to Texas and work in an
oil field. They moved to Phillips, Texas, in
1938 and lived on Cook Street. There the
Browns had two more children, William Leroy
(Buster) and Larry Joe. Babe worked for Phillips
Petroleum Company and remained until
his death in August 1954. Dell, my grandmother,
later moved to Moore County.
My grandfather, Vencen Wofford McEntire,
worked for the government for 42 years. He
worked at the Fort Worth Postal Department,
when he married my grandmother, Willie Mae
Parry, in 1925. They were transferred to the
Helium division and moved to the Excel
Helium Plant at Masterson, Texas in 1941.
They had 3 children, Vencen Wofford, Jr.,
Blis Marie, and Joyce Laverne (my mother).
Vencen Wofford, who died in 1969, was
married to Martha Mae. Ellis Marie married
Billy Gene Carter of Dumas in 1946. Billy was
Salutatorian of his graduating class in 1946.
Elis wrote one of the Dumas school songs.
Benny D. Brown, my father, met Joyce
Laverne McEntire in 1949 at Masterson,
Texas. Later they married in 1953 at Masterson.
She was 18 and he was 21. From there
they moved to Cactus in 1955 where Benny
was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company,
working there for 12 years. During
these 12 years the family increased by five
children; Benny Dee, Brenda Gay, Patricia
Ann, Tereasa Gail, and Bobby Dean. Our family
moved to Plainview, Texas, in 1964 for 4
years, and there my dad became a salesman
for Hydrotex which moved him to Waka,
Texas, located between Spearman and Perryton.
Housing was very scarce, so we had to
look for a house in the middle of his territory.
Stinnett looked like the right spot, so we
moved to 208 Farmer in Stinnett in 1970. We
have lived there ever since.
Benny has served as City Councilman for
two years and served as Mayor one year,
serving out the term of T.A. Pond. Benny is
still employed by Hydrotex. Through his outstanding
salesmanship he has won trips to
Bandara, Texas, Hawaii, Acapulco, Switzerland,
The Carribean, Spain, and Alaska.
Benny and Joyce now have three married
children-Benny Dee married Orvitta Renee
Neugin in October of 1973. They have one
child, Brandon Dean, and reside at 606 Bruce
in Dumas, Texas. Brenda Gay married Jimmy
Lee Adams in December of 1973. They now
have 2 children, Jeremy Lee and Misty Dawn,
and reside on Wilhelm street in Stinnett. Patricia
Ann married John Thomas (Tommy) Watson
in December of 1977. They live in Wilhelm
Street in Stinnett and have one child, Timothy
John. Tereasa Brown
Maxine and Raoul Brown, Apr20, 1979
Maxine and Raoul Brown, April 20, 1979
W. Raoul Brown, Jr. Family
I, Maxine Walker Goins and William Raoul
Brown, Jr., were married November 15, 1975
in the home of my parents, Allard and Vera
Walker of Borger. I, a Phillips "brat", and
Raoul, the son of an Engineer for Frisco Lines,
met on a blind date in April, 1975.
I came to Borger in June of 1943, with my
parents and brother William Dwayne, to make
our home in Bunavista, west of Borger. My
father had been transferred by Phillips Petroleum
Company from Snomac, Oklahoma to
begin a new job at Plains Plant.
I was born March 1, 1930 in Ada,
Oklahoma. I didn't want to move to Texas.
When I saw the carbon black billowing in the
sky, on our drive to the old green apartments,
i frightened me. Dad had not told us about
the apartments until just outside of Borger.
Our house had been given to a couple who
needed room for their "maid". Mother and we
children felt like the rejected family. A few
years passed before we moved to a house,
and we finally felt accepted and happy in our
new "Texas Home".
It was easy to make friends that first summer.
Everyone in Bunavista was new to the
area and eager to belong. I was to begin my
eighth grade class in Bunavista, however, the
building had not been completed, so we were
bused to Borger to attend school with the
"Town Kids". They didn't like us-their families
had told them we were trouble. At first,
only the children attending Church with us,
were nice, later everyone was friendly.
I am a product of the Borger Schools and
Frank Phillips College, a real home town girl. I
attended West Texas State University by commuting.
My senior class was the last to graduate
from "Old Borger High", in 1948, 1 was asked
to be part-time secretary to Dean J.W. Dillard
of the new Borger Junior College. The training
was to count on my high school shorthand
credit. This was the beginning of my career,
for on June 13, 1948, I became secretary to
Dean Dillard of the new Borger Junior College.
I was the second student to register
when Frank Phillips College opened its doors,
September, 1948 on the second floor of the
present Borger High.
In my thirty-two years of employment at
Frank Phillips College, I have served as secretary
to Dean Dillard, secretary to President Dillard,
Registrar, Administrative Assistant to
President Dillard, Business Manager, and
since April, 1975, Admissions Officer, and
I am happy to have been a part of the building
of an institution, watch it grow to become
known 'Nation Wide' academically, and having
a part in counseling students, whether at
home or in the office. I have sponsored sororities
and groups of students on ski trips, and to
cheer Basketball teams to National Competition.
I have the honor of having the Maxine
Goins Hall named after me by the Frank Phillips
College Board of Regents, even though it
has brought me heartache.
I am a charter member of the Women's Division
of Chamber of Commerce, serving on the
Board of Directors, and as secretary for two
years. I have served as President of Beta Chi
Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, named
Woman of the Year in 1959, Vice-President of
Xi Phi, of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, listed in
Who's Who of American Women and, Personalities
of the South, Bicentennial Edition,
1975-1976-Recognition of Achievements
and Outstanding Service for Community and
In 1969, I was recognized by the Borger
Altrusa Club and received the Community
I was a charter member of The Texas Association
of Junior College Business Officers,
served as secretary two years and awarded
Honorary Membership in 1975 when transferring
William Raoul Brown, Jr., arrived in Borger
on a Sunday morning, the first weekend in
April, 1974. He was reporting for job assignment
with Phillips Petroleum Company and
was on his seventeenth year of employment
with the Exploration and Production Department.
He had mixed emotions about coming
to Borger as he had heard about the carbon
black and odors, and had been told that housing
would be critical due to company plant
expansions. On the other hand, he would be
coser to his relatives and family and would be
in a more temperate climate where he could
"warm up". He was coming down from Cut
Bank, Montana where he had lived since 1970
and where, for forty-one days at one stretch
the temperature never rose about 27 degrees
below zero, and for several days had stayed at
40 degrees below zero.
Raoul made his home at the Circle Motel for
over six weeks before he lucked into a rent
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