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ATOKA (AP) - Hundreds of people jammed the First

Baptist Church of Atoka on Wednesday to pay their respects

to a young cowboy described as "everybody's idol."

Champion bull rider Lane Frost died last weekend after he

was rammed by a bull at a Cheyenne, Wyo., rodeo. He was

25.

About 1,200 people gathered at the church, spilling onto

the lawn where they followed the services on loudspeakers.

Dozens drove the 50 miles to Hugo, where Frost was buried

beside another bull riding legend, Warren "Freckles" Brown.

Cowboys in boots and hats joined Frost's longtime friends

at the church, where mourners had placed nearly 400 floral

arrangements.

Rodeo announcer Clem McSpadden joined the Rev. Willard Moody

in eulogizing the young rodeo star, saying Frost never lost

sight of his goal to be a world champion and never forgot

his roots.

McSpadden also read a letter of sympathy from Gov. Henry

Bellmon.

"He was a gentlemen and was in awe of people that really

were in awe of him," McSpadden said afterward. "He was

so down to earth. He was a great champion and he wore the

world's championship buckle with a lot of dignity, a lot

of class."

"He was everybody's idol," said local resident Bennie

Welch. "He was a local hero. Everybody loved him."

Frost, the 1987 World Champion Bull Rider, died Sunday at

Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming when a bull nicknamed

"Bad to the Bone" rammed him, causing internal injuries.

Officials with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

said there are no plans to investigate Frost's death.

"Bull riding is the most dangerous sport in the North American

continent," said Dave Brown of the PRCA. "Sometimes people

die. Nobody likes it."

Although Frost had since moved to Quanah, Texas, he returned

to the Atoka County community of Lane "every chance he

got," said Jim White, whose high-school son learned bull

riding from Frost. White said Frost always took time for

youngsters.

"He was really one of the most highly thought-of persons

around here," White said. "They could call him if they

ever had a problem with riding or anything else. Wherever

he was at, they were welcome to call him, and he would always

take time for them."

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