Tompkins honored by state

Local rodeo legend Harry Tompkins was recently recognized by the Texas House of Representatives in a resolution presented by State Representative District 59 J.D. Sheffield.
The resolution was presented to the Dublin Rodeo Heritage Museum, where it will be displayed alongside other pictures and items related to his life.
The resolution reads as follows: 

“WHEREAS, Rodeo legend Harry Frank Tompkins of Dublin, Texas, passed away on June 29, 2018, at the age of 90; and

“WHEREAS, The son of Frank and Ethel Tompkins, “Uppy” Tompkins was born in Furnace Woods in upstate New York on October 5, 1927; he began working at a stable after school and at 16, he was hired at a dude ranch near his home in Peekskill, where he learned to ride the cattle; while serving in the U.S. Army, he was able to continue competing in rodeos at Madison Square Garden, and in 1948, he won the world bull-riding championship in Denver, Colorado; and

“WHEREAS, Mr. Tompkins eventually won a total of five bull-riding titles, as well as a bareback bronc riding championship and two all-around crowns; focused on his career, he avoided cigarettes, alcohol, and other vices on the road, and his cat-like agility and wonderful sense of humor made him a fan favorite; he was one of the very first cowboys to strike an endorsement deal, with Wrangler; in 1979, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, and he was also honored by seven other museums, among them the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Dublin Rodeo Heritage Museum, of which he was a founding board member; he was among the original owners of the Mesquite Rodeo, and his business interests further included a cattle ranch and a dairy; moreover, he designed portable steel chutes that were adopted by major rodeo venues; and

“WHEREAS, Following his marriage to the former Rosemary Colborn in 1950, Mr. Tompkins settled in Dublin, and the couple were blessed with three children, Martha, Mark, and Neal; in 1977, he married Melba Tompkins and gained a stepson, Ronnie; he took great pride in his grandchildren, Jake, Ava, Misty, and Mindy, and his great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Mikayla, and Mason; and

“WHEREAS, Although Harry Tompkins will be deeply missed by those who were privileged to share in the richness of his life, he leaves behind a legacy that will long be admired; now, therefore, be it

“RESOLVED, That tribute be paid to the memory of Harry Frank Tompkins and that sincere sympathy be extended to his family and friends.”

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