Ropers Sports News • November 2018

24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • • OPERS PORTS EWS NOVEMBER 2018 V OL . 50, N O . 12 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” O FFICIAL P UBLICATION O F : • California ACTRA • California $hoot-Outs • NCJRA Postage Pre-Paid The Grass Will Be Greener Remembering Rickey Green By Kendra Santos Special To Ropers Sports News Rickey Green was an all-around hand whose many well-earned titles in life included Loving Hus- band to his dearly beloved wife, Kelly, whom he met during her reign as Miss Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace in 1983; Doting Dad to their Texas A&M-grad, darling daughter, Whitney Capri; Cowboy Comedian; Crossfire King; and Loyal Friend to the thousands of us lucky enough to have lived it. William Rickey Green was born July 4, 1957 in Stockton, California, the eldest of Virgil and the late Charlotte Green’s five kids. Rickey’s four little sisters included Marcelyn Rochelle Stewart (Bill), who was 11 months to the day younger than Rickey; Rennette Lewis (Rick); Rynea Vandeburgh (Dan); and Rhonda Mercado (Rudy). Virgil Green—whose brother, Vernon, raised two NFR team ropers in Daniel and Chris; and sister, Darlene, is the wife of World Champion Team Roper Walt Woodard, and mom to NFR heeler Travis Woodard—was close to his only son all his life. “Rickey and I always had fun together,” said Virgil, an Oklahoma native who raised his family in Califor- nia, and recently relocated to Morgan Mill, Texas, to live with Rickey, Kelly, and Whitney. “There’s never been any conflict. A family friend said one time, ‘You and Rickey act like you’re best friends, not father and son.’ We were always laughing, and having a great time. Rickey was always a little bitty, skinny kid. I used to try to get him to work out. He said, ‘Dad, I don’t think I should work out. I might get mus- cle-bound, and I won’t be able to rope as fast.’ “Rickey was always having fun, and he liked ev- erybody. He was always like that. I roped with Rickey the other day, and he was roping ’em right around the corner. The next morning, he had a stroke.” Tests done after the stroke revealed that Rickey had plasma cell leukemia. Doctors gave him two to three months to live, but about three weeks after the stroke—at 61 on October 10—the roping and rodeo world was shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of one of its most renowned and popular people. Rickey had a huge rodeo family, including God- father of Team Roping Bob Feist, who for the rest of time will be the voice talking us all through many See REMEMBERING RICKEY GREEN On Page 20 Mark Arnold rode Rebel and Rickey Green rode QC to the win at the 1984 BFI. –Photo by Lorena J. Blodget

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