Billie Ann Evans
Born on October 12th, 1931, Billie Ann Bunton was the youngest daughter of Eva and W.E. Bunton. The Buntons were long-time ranchers of the Marfa area. She and her sister Beverly were home-schooled for several years, enabling the two to help with the ranching business. She later attended Marfa High School, the University of Texas and Sul Ross State University.
J.W. ‘Bub’ Evans and Billie Anne were married on March 1, 1952. Bub was also from a prominent area ranching family.
Billie Anne first attended the West of the Pecos Rodeo in 1950 as a contestant in the barrel racing. From the early 60’s through 1970, she ran barrels and also served as secretary at many rodeos, including the Pecos rodeo for the XS (Steiner Rodeo) producer Tommy Steiner who just happened to be her brother-in-law. Billie Anne would arrive in Pecos a week before the rodeo started, keep the rodeo office open at the Cactus Hotel, answer the phone for all entries and type everything on a portable manual typewriter. She won the barrel race on her 20 year old mare in 1970. All the RCA cowboys remembered Billie Anne for her quick smile and totally positive attitude.
The only job she ever held besides being secretary for Steiner and being a wonderful mother was helping on the family ranches. Her husband said that she was the best cowboy he ever had help him.
After a very courageous battle with cancer, Billie Anne passed away on October 11, 1978 and was buried in the Marfa, Texas cemetery. She left behind two children who loved her dearly, Jean Anne Fort of Alpine and Cutis Edward Evans of the Marfa area. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, Drew, Holly Anne and Mimi Fort and Curtis and Agee Evans.