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Keith McCoy and Texas musicians aid Urban Cowboy's Jim 'Bobo' Richardson, Sunday

Pasadena, TX - Keith McCoy and more spectacular Texas Country Music artists come to support their dear friend, Jim "Bobo" Richardson, who is now battling Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the neck and throat. The Jim "Bobo" Richardson Benefit will be held at the Texas Saloon in Pasadena on Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Texas' best Country music artists benefiting and honoring a part of Houston's history, Jim 'Bobo' Richarson.

Whenever Texas musicians see a friend in need, they come to help. These photos are of Jim "Bobo" Richardson's life and the beloved artists and friends who join in benefit for Jim's battle with cancer.
Whenever Texas musicians see a friend in need, they come to help. These photos are of Jim "Bobo" Richardson's life and the beloved artists and friends who join in benefit for Jim's battle with cancer.
Courtesy of Jim Richardson, Keith McCoy and Texas Saloon - collage by Sherryjane Cooke
Jim 'Bobo' Richardson Cancer Fund and Benefit, Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the Texas Saloon Pasadena
Courtesy of Jim Richardson

Besides being Houston's much loved and favorite rodeo clown, there is so much more to Jim Richardson. He is one of Texas' highly decorated (two tours) Vietnam War veteran, an actor in the Pasadena/Houston "Urban Cowboy" movie, minister-world missionary, loyal friend and proud father and grandfather who is now in a battle for his life. But there will be no somberness here - Jim doesn't want it that way!

A donation of $15.00 will get you in to The Texas Saloon to enjoy, listen and dance to Texas' finest Country music live, enjoy a plate off the best BBQ in Texas by Charlie Mapes of CJ Farms, grab your treasures from a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind silent auction items while supporting one of Texas' own heroes, Jim "Bobo" Richardson. And, please donate what you can at The Fundrazr page for Jim or at the benefit.

Knowing Jim for over 30 years, this Examiner will be there, joining the calvary of incredible Texas musicians, family, fans and the multitude of friends and new friends supporting Jim Richardson.

The illustrious Texas Country music"calvary"lineup at the Benefit Concert for Jim “Bobo” Richardson. includes Texas' and Houston's finest Country musicians:

Keith McCoy

Angela Peterson

Angie Beck

Anita Campbell

Abby Gough

Bert Owen

William Hilliard

Lauretta Turner Gholston

Jessie Mapes

Houston Evans

Randy Meadows

Black Jack County

Please read about Jim "Bobo" Richardson:

For Texas Country music fans, we can't help but love the music entertainment performers. Besides the music, we love our rodeo riders and the rodeo clowns who protect the riders from injury or sudden death - heroic rodeo clowns such as Jim "Bobo" Richardson.

But, prior to his life as a rodeo clown protecting rodeo bull riders, Jim, a Houston Heights native, bravely fought many battles as a United States Marine Vietnam Veteran, receiving the US Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy Meritorious Unit Citation with 2 Bronze Stars, Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star, Navy Presidential Unit Citation with Gold Star, Vietnamese Presidential unit Citation with 2 Bronze Stars and Vietnam Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars.

Jim Richardson is a Life Member of the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo, 1981 Champion Texas Lone Star Circuit Rodeo Clown and Bullfighter and a graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, following recruitment at Houston's Summit in 1982. Later, Jim "Bobo" Richardson became a graduate of the Harris County Sheriff's Academy and Texas Peace Officer under the late Sheriff Jack Heard. Whether battling bulls or crime, Jim always came to the aid of his charges.

Jim "Bobo" Richardson is featured in the movie "Urban Cowboy," the movie that put Country music, Gilley's Club, Pasadena/Houston areas on the map and changed generations to love being Country. Jim was also student of the late Patsy Swayze, choreographer and coordinator for and in that movie.

An active member of the VFW and American Legion, Jim also dedicated over 15 years as an avid volunteer in Houston, Pasadena, Clear Lake City, City of South Houston and League City communities and Harris County for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Cerebral Palsy Organization, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Easter Seals, Burnett Bayland Home for Children (In 1972 the School was re-named the Harris County Youth Village,) the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society as "BOBO the Clown."

Jim is now a retired Baptist Missionary and Minister having studied at the Hebrew Institute of the University of Jerusalem and as Missionary to South Vietnam, Jordan British Honduras, and Central America. Fully retired due to cancer, Jim now enjoys the blessings of his life with his only child, Megan Jo and his new title in life "Gam Paw" to his Heavenly blessings as granddaughter, Emma Jo and grandson, Chance David, who all adore him.

He is a dedicated community causes activist and a cherished friend to so many. He fights for the good throughout his life. Jim's battles are no longer in the jungles of Vietnam, battling a 1500 pound bull in the rodeo arena nor keeping Houstonians safe as a police officer. Jim is now battling for his own life against an even deadlier foe, cancer.

After much prodding, Jim agreed to the fundraising effort. We, friends all know Jim to be a very proud man who is reluctant to ask for financial assistance. When the first cancerous tumors were found, he had surgery and began chemotherapy. But, a devastating blow occurred. The physicians found six active tumors in his mouth. The funds raised will go toward his medical bills and living expenses. The cancer treatment and follow up treatments have been devastatingly expensive. Due to the intensive nature of his care, these medical bills are mounting quickly.

No matter where you met Jim "Bobo" Richardson, you came away with a strong sense of the kind of man he is...honest, kind, patriotic and most of all, a devoted Christian.

His presence alone leaves others inspired to push themselves out of their comfort zones and to work harder to make the world a better place. You get the feeling that Jim has never met a challenge he didn’t take on 110%. Jim inspires us all.

To these amazing artists, Keith McCoy, Angela Peterson, Angie Beck, Anita Campbell, Abby Gough, Bert Owen, William Hilliard, Lauretta Turner Gholston, Jessie Mapes, Houston Evans, Randy Meadows and Black Jack County, we couldn't be more proud of their time given to help one of Texas' own.

Please join us this Sunday at the Texas Saloon Pasadena from 3 p.m. to midnight for great live Country music, dancing, the auction's treasures, a scrumptious plate of Texas barbecue and fun, while paying it forward for the man, Jim "Bobo" Richardson.

Ticket donation: $15.00 - includes entry to the Texas Saloon, Country music live, plate off the best BBQ in Texas, one-of-a-kind silent auction items and more.

For more information, please contact event host and coordinator Glenda Sahadi Sparks by mail at or call 936-371-3141

or the

Texas Saloon in Pasadena
General Manager: Jackie McCormick
7337 Spencer Hwy
Pasadena, Texas 77505
3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Phone (281) 479-2679
(Wednesday - Saturday - Regular hours: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.)

For more information on donating through the "Jim "Bobo' Richardson Benefit" Fundrazer you can click the link or contact Jann Waters.

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