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
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
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
McSpadden also read a letter of sympathy from Gov. Henry
"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
"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
"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."