Clark McEntire, Reba McEntire‘s father is set to be included into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on Saturday (April 13).
Reba has always been a proud Oklahoman — a trait she undoubtedly inherited from her father, who along with the rest of the family slowly accrued about 8,000 acres worth of land in the region. Clark built ponds on the land, treating it with great care.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum houses more than 28,000 Western and American Indian artworks and artifacts. This facility also has the world’s most extensive collection of American rodeo, photographs, saddlery, and early rodeo trophies.
The museum collections focus on preserving and interpreting the heritage of the American West. The museum then turns into an art gallery during the annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibitions and Sale each June.
In Honor of Clark McEntire
The 2019 class of inductees includes Kevin Costner and Howard Keel (Hall of Great Western Performers), McEntire and cowboy historian George McJunkin (Hall of Great Westerners), Michael Martin Murphy (Lifetime Achievement Award), and entertainer Dave Stamey (Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award).
McEntire was a professional roper with championships in 1957, 1958, and 1961. He already holds at least one spot in the museum as a member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. He died in 2014 at the age of 86.
The country star’s sister celebrated Christian artist Susie McEntire-Eaton is set to sing the National Anthem at the ceremony. All the McEntire siblings will be there, along with their mother Jackie.
Speaking to the Tulsa World, McEntire-Eaton expressed that this and the whole evening was truly an honor for the entire family. She said that it was “going to be a really, really huge night for our whole family.”
“They don’t make them like him anymore. He worked from daylight to dusk. And he and Mama instilled that in us kids… Being on time is being 30 minutes early. You worked until your work is done, and you do a great job so that they will want you back.”
Clark McEntire, Reba McEntire