A total of nine people who are synonymous with Bullard Independent School District and the Bullard community were enshrined as members of the Class of 2017 on the Bullard ISD Wall of Honor during a ceremony held Sunday, April 2, inside the Bullard High School Audry B. Owens Auditorium.
"We at Bullard ISD are honored to recognize these nine individuals who have made a significant impact on this community and the students of the district," said Laura Jones, Bullard ISD public relations professional. "They have helped shaped the lives and futures of thouands of students and we are extremely grateful for their lifelong commitment to education."
Members of the Bullard ISD Wall of Honor Class of 2017 inducted Sunday included Glenda Barron, Rosemary Breedlove, Margie McDonald, Eva Miller, Michael Roy, Samuel Smith, Susan Smith, Ronny John Snow, and Kay Stanley.
The Bullard ISD Wall of Honor recognized former students, staff, military servicemen, and community members that have enriched the lives of Bullard ISD Students.
Applications regarding nomination to the Bullard ISD Wall of Honor were taken by Bullard ISD earlier this year. A Wall of Honor selection committee, consisting of administrators, school board members, and representatives from each of the six Bullard ISD schools, met several times to view applications and select candidates.
Barron was born in Tyler on Oct. 28, 1946 to Virgil and Virginia York Stanley, and graduated from John Tyler High School in 1965. After high school, Barron attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and graduated in 1969, and later received her Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1983.
Barron married her husband, Harvey, and gave birth to a daughter, Jennifer Barron Winborn. The Barrons are now the proud grandparents of Keifer and Phoebe Winborn.
Throughout her teaching career, Barron taught in Tyler ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, and Bullard ISD, where she retired. Barron also taught and serves as a teacher supervisor at UT-Tyler, as well as teaching at Texas Women’s University. Currently, Barron serves as a substitute teacher for Bullard ISD.
During her tenure at Bullard ISD, Barron created the “Class Grandpa” mentoring program, PALS mentoring program, and served as a coach for UIL academics teams. She also served as the president of the local chapter and Region 7 of the Association of Texas Professional Educators .
Breedlove was born on April 17, 1950, in Palestine. She is married to her husband, Steve, and has three children: Chris, Thomas, and Emily. The Breedloves are also proud grandparents of Alex, Grayson, and Asher, who all attend Bullard schools, as well as Braxton and Mae Beth, who are future Panthers.
After receiving her early education in Rusk, Breedlove graduated from SFA in 1972 and began teaching in Grand Prairie. Breedlove also spent two years with Jacksonville ISD before beginning to teach at Bullard ISD, where she spent a career of 23 years teaching fiorst and second grade students.
While at Bullard ISD, Breedlove served on several committees, such as textbook, campus site-base, curriculum alignment, campus improvement, and district improvement. She was awarded the Teacher of the Month award and was also nominated for Who’s Who.
Currently, Breedlove is affiliated with Child Evangelist Fellowship, teaching the Bible in an after school program, thus fulfilling her lifelong dream to teach God’s word.
Miller was born on Nov. 19, 1942 in Tyler and graduated from Granbury High School. Afterwards, she married her husband, Neil, and became the parents of Margie McDonald, Baily McDonald, Betty Newburn, Carolyn Langston, and Cindy Barton, all graduates of BHS.
At Bullard ISD, Miller began working in the Bullard cafeteria in 1983 and retired as the manager in 2003.
Miller’s daughter, McDonald, was born on Aug. 31, 1965 in Tyler and graduated from Bullard High School in 1984. She worked in the cafeteria for 18 years, and currently works as a deli clerk and cook for Brookshire’s Grocery, and has earned an Eagle Degree. She also volunteered her time and efforts to help construct the Bullard Kids Park.
Roy was born on June 24, 1957, in Tyler. After moving to Bullard to live with his grandparents, Roy began working at Ferrell’s Drug Story, beginning his employment, as well as his pharmaceutical knowledge of the citizens of Bullard and the surrounding area.
A graduate of BHS in 1975, Roy attended Tyler Junior College and began working for Brookshire’s Grocery Company, where he has been employed for 36 years and currently serves as the System Operator of Inventory Control. While with the company, Roy has been awarded the Bruce G. Brookshire Award, and continues to volunteer for the Red Cross and FRESH 15.
Roy also served Bullard ISD on the district’s Board of Trustees for a total of 23 years, devoting countless hours and energy to serving the students of the district, even taking the first day of school off from work in order to pay a personal visit to each classroom on every campus.
Roy is married to his wife, Sharon Brooks Roy, a BHS Class of 1977 graduate, and has two children: Carmen Roy, BHS Class of 2002; and Stephen Roy, BHS Class of 2007.
Samuel Smith was born on March 15, 1966, in Dallas. He graduated from BHS in 1984, where he was a district medalist, two-time Regional medalist, and two-time State medalist in golf, as well as Class President and Student Council President. Smith also received the Best Actor award with the BHS theater department on the District and Regional levels.
Afterwards, Smith was named as a Heroes and Friends Honoree at TJC, as well as a “Jack of All Trades” at SFA. He has also served as a member of the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees, as well as a catalyst for the creation of the Wall of Honor, Panther Radio, Bullard Belles, Bullard Education Foundation, and the construction of Panther Stadium.
Smith has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Ships and currently serves as CEO for Medical Ministry International. Since 2007, Smith has been an annual speaker to sixth grade classes at Bullard Intermediate School to encourage kids that anything is possible for a kid from Bullard with focus and effort. He is married to his wife, Jill, and has two children: Sheridan, BHS Class of 2015; and Jensen, BHS Class of 2019.
Susan Smith was born on March 23, 1953, in Port Arthur and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1971. After graduating, Smith attended Lamar University where she graduated Summa cum Laude) with a Bachelor of Science in Early Education. She also graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree from the University of West Florida.
Smith’s teaching career began in Okinawa, Japan, with the United States Marines. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught middle school math, pre-algebra, and Algebra 1, as well as audited for the Internal Revenue Service and reviewed files submitted for grants and scholarships at TJC. Smith also worked with the National Junior Honors Society program, PALS mentoring program, and UIL teams in number sense and math.
Smith also served on the original Bullard Education Foundation, and continues to help review grant applications for the foundation. She is married to her husband, David.
Snow attended Bullard ISD from Kindergarten to graduation in 1986, participating in football, basketball, golf, FFA, and Spanish Club. After graduating from BHS, Snow received his Bachelor degree in education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in 1990, as well as a Master’s degree in educational leadership from SFA in 2001.
Snow also holds a Texas Peace Officer’s Certificate from the State of Texas and has received over 200 extra hours of training in child abuse.
After spending 11 years of career in teaching and coaching, Snow has spent the last 15 years in school administration, including the previous 12 years as the principal of Malakoff Elementary School.
In 2015, Malakoff Elementary School, under Snow’s leadership as principal, was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the Texas Education Agency and the United States Department of Education. Snow also received recognition in 2016 as a semi-finalist for the Texas National Distinguished Principal award, as well as in 2017, when he was honored by the SHSU College of Education as one of their four Alumni Distinguished Educators of the Year.
Snow also has a total of 17 years of experience with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office in Athens, currently serving as the corporal supervisor over the newly formed Mounted Patrol Division. He is married to his wife, Angelia, and has three sons: Hunter, Ethan, and Reid.
With the members of the Class of 2017 added to the roster, the Bullard ISD Wall of Honor has enshrined a total of 79 members in its eight years of existence.
Bullard ISD Wall of Honor Class of 2010 inductees included Edward Coffee, Daniel Dupree, Dr. O.L. Ferrell, Dr. Fred Hayes, Ann King, Edward Monzingo, Iotha Morgan, Roy and Polly Moseley, Janice Mulford, Laura Gene Newburn, Maruine Padrucco, Dr. Daniel Roper, Dr. Marjorie Roper, J.W. Rumbelow, Muriel and Joy Salmon, Fred and Lella Stripling, and Jack and Marvis Stripling.
Inductees in the Bullard ISD Wall of Honor Class of 2011 included Donnie Barron, Jason Campbell, Kenneth King, John K. Loftin Jr., Bruce E. Lyons Sr., Joe McBee, Jewel Phelps, Leonard Smith, PFC Arkard Orville Brewster, PFC Walter W. Hays, PFC Thomas Wesley Phillips Jr., TSGT Willie C. Pierce, PFC Joe Bob Smyrl, PFC Claude H. Stanley, and PFC Ingram G. Walker.
Honorees in the Bullard ISD Wall of Honor Class of 2012 included David and Rebecca Bibby, Lynette Hughes, T.J. and Bertha Johnson, John Langston, Karen Lawson, Retired Major Simon Ray McCugh, Leonard Bauman Roper, and John W. Rumbelow III.
Bullard ISD Wall of Honor Class of 2013 included Leonard and Betty Sue Speaker, and Phil and Margie Wood.
Inductees in the Bullard ISD Wall of Honor Class of 2014 included Jan Berry, Scott Brown, Mark and Lisa Maple, and Norene Shaffer.
Honorees in the Bullard ISD Wall of Honor Class of 2015 included Curtis and Tabitha Hippler, Berryl and Jerry Johnson, and Tracy Jordan.
Bullard ISD Wall of Honor Class of 2016 included Jimmy and Mitzi Bain, Darren Davis, Howard and Cynthia Galletly, Virginia Lester, Charles and Beverly Ray, Linda Stripling, and Richard and Robin Tedder.
Participating in the 2017 Bullard ISD Wall of Honor ceremony were members of the Bullard FFA organization, as greeters, ushers, and posting and retiring the colors; Bullard ISD Board of Trustees member Tony Johnson, delivering the invocation; BHS senior Matthew Bradley, leading the Pledge to the American Flag; the Bullard Panther Band, under the direction of Gary Jordan, performing The Star Spangled Banner and An American Elegy; the Bullard High school Choir, performing On Some Solemn Shore, and David Buckley, master of ceremonies.