June 17, 1976, The Deming Headlight
By Betty Hyatt
Joe Bill Nunn is the BorderBelles choice for their annual “Father of the Year” award.
The New Mexico CowBelles state bylaw for selection of Father of the Year stipulates that the “nominee must be a man who has furthered the efforts of the CowBelles in their work of Beef Promotion and is the husband of a CowBelle.”
Joe Bill Nunn, a young rancher born in Luna County in 1945, fits the requirements. He is married to Lauren Nunn, an active member of BorderBelles and president elect of the New Mexico CowBelles. His parents are longtime Luna county ranchers Smokey and Eunice Dean Nunn.
Character development came early for the man who is being honored as “Father of the Year” by the Borderbelles.
The first years of school looked bleak for Joe in that, there was no school bus since there were only about six children of school age in the community. Nunns were forced to hire school age boys to work after school and ride the bus to make up the required quota of children to entitle them to small, 14-passenger bus.
Once in school, Joe made a good student. In high school his F.F.A. activities won him many awards. Four years in a row he placed…
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