2012-2013 Hall of Fame Inductee
Lawrence Homer Coffee broke the color barrier in the rodeo profession with a horse and "two wraps and a hooey" which is cowboy talk for a half hitch knot. In the late fifties, early sixties, segregation was wide spread --from restaurants, to restrooms and the rodeo arena. Stepping out on faith, Lawrence, "Big Buckle" as he was known on the CB Radio, along with friends, took on the issue of race and rodeos one Texas arena at a time.
Lawrence went on to compete in calf-roping; team roping; and ribbon roping. He roped in open rodeos from 1967-1998; competed in the Texas Senior Pro Rodeo Association 1985-1995; competed in the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association 1996-1998. Lawrence won such titles as; Texas Sr. Pro Rodeo Champion 1986,1988, 1989, 1995, (tie down; breakaway and ribbon roping), National Senior Pro Rodeo Champion 1996 Reserve Tie Down Calf Roper and World Champion Ribbon Roper; 1997 World Champion Tie Down and Ribbon Roper 1998 Reserve Champion Tie Down and World Champion Ribbon Roper). Other qualifications included National Senior Pro Rodeo Association 1996 and 1997 in team roping.
Lawrence resides in Blanco County, Texas, where he was born and raised. He has had movie appearances, such as "All The Pretty Horses," 2000, starring Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz. His life story, including narrative and photographs, has been featured as an exhibit in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "The Amazing Faith of Texas" by Roy Spence, 2006, featured Mr. Coffee as well as multiple articles in the Austin American Statesman. He continues to work as a Farrier, Breeder and Trainer. He is married to Patricia Coffee. Lawrence has two daughters Sharon Coffee Baxter, a lawyer and professor and Vicky Coffee Fletcher, licensed professional counselor. If you're looking for Deacon Coffee you can always find him at Mt Horeb Baptist Church, founded in 1874 by his forefathers, with a song on his heart and praise on his lips, sharing the word of God.
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