Dec. 2019-Mar 2020 NEWSLETTER

Gene Perry has gotten the newsletter published and some members have received their copies. He sent in to the publisher on March 20. On Saturday, May 1, I received my copy. We must assume the “Virus” got into the publisher’s business.

I have added the 2 posts that tell a little more about Richard Miner’s and Mike McLeod’s stories.  Jimmy Hubbard posted a comment on Leon Jones’s obit post that Leon was a great help to him.

As always, please send your stories and pictures to Gene if you want them in the newsletter. Each member has a reason or person of character in their history of being a Cushman scooter enthusiest. Also when you sell your classified ad item, please let him know to remove it.


Richard Miner’s Story May 2020

At the Cushman National Meet last June 13, 2019, Richard Miner had an accident while riding his scooter at Paris, Tx. As I’ve seen many times, Cushman friends surround and support during these times. Richard had many broken bones and road rash was deep. He spent 3 days in ICU in Plano and was then moved closer to home.

At Memorial Herman, he was admitted to the level 1 trauma/burn unit. Multiple surgeries were performed to reduce the risk of infection and freshen the wounds for faster healing. On June 19, he was moved out of ICU. There were difficult times with finding pain meds that would work. Broken bones and wounds take time. On July 2, he was transferred to rehab closer to their home. Then on July 28 Richard was moved into the hospital due to low blood pressure and nausea. The bones are mending slowly, and he is weakened.

Early August he was at home with PT, OT, Speech therapists and nurses coming to help him continue to recover. They were thankful for good days and survived the bad days.

On October 6, Richard announced he wanted to come to the State Meet. He had turned a corner and was ready to see everyone.

What a joy to have them walk into the Wednesday night Early Bird dinner! On Friday, we learned more. Don Henry had picked up Richard’s scooter from the storage unit in Paris and took it home. The scooter was returned to Richard repaired and in running order. No charge for the repair.

There were so many who helped during this accident. Richard and Sue appreciated all the help.

This is what a member does – give and then give some more. What a Club!

Yes, Richard plans to ride again.


Richard arrivess

Richard and Sue Miner being welcomed at the Early Bird Dinner in Synder, Oct. 9, 2019.

Miners after accident

Ricahrd’s scooter after the accident in June, 2019

Miners restored

Richard’s scooter after Don Henry’s repair work.

Richard and Don

Don Henry and Richard Miner October 10, 2019


Don Henry, Richard Miner, James Press, and Raymond Love sharing “the good times”. Friendship in the Finest form.

Texas Cushman Member #14

Have you ever had someone prove their membership by a copy of a cap?

Mike McLeod


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Mike McLeod TCC #14

In September 2017, the Big Country Area held the West Texas Fair and Parade Event meet in Merkle, Tx.

John Hensley had been telling us about an old scooter guy in Merkle and that he had his original scooter. While camping in Mike McLeod’s Windmill RV Campground, we got to meet Mike. He brought a scan of his cap with the patch from the 1st meet of the Texas Cushman Club from 1983. Proof of his membership was not on my current books.

Time for some detective work. On the Numerical list, I found Mike, but his membership had not been carried forward through the years. The original 5×8 notebooks are in my storeroom. Out came the boxes and there was McLeod, Mike #14. With the notation that he was given “charter bar & 10-year bar 6-5-92”. For your history lesson: In 1992 Ross Murphy was president.  Upon the 10th year as a club, the 30 charter members who were active members were honored and given Lifetime memberships.

Mike McLeod proof

The following is a scan from the 10th State Magazine, 1992.

10th state meet CHARTER MEMBER copy

Picture of Mike as a young man.

Mike McLeod kid on scooter

The following scan is from a TCC newletter.

Mike McLeod 1Mike McLeod 2


We have updated and gotten his membership back on the books. At the 37th State meet in Snyder,  Mike brought more items of interest. His original title and license tag receipts. What a joy to see the value Mike places on his Cushman roots.





Mike McLeod and Richard Kesselus, State Meet, Snyder, October 2019

It has been a pleasure to have Mike back in our roster. Thanks to our late friend, John Hensley for making the connection.

Pictures provided by Mike McLeod and Chrysti Lve.

Leon Jones , TCC # 3

Charter member Leon Jones has passed away. In 1986 he was on the first Board of Directors and was named “Road Captain” for the year of 1986. He received the first Founder’s Award in 1988 along with Bill Benedict, Mike Jones, Ken Thiessen.
Our condolences to his family.
Leon Jones

Leon Jones

Tuesday, November 15th, 1938  Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Leon Jones, 81, of Cleburne, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 in Cleburne. He was born November 15, 1938 in Karnes County, Texas to Francis Ervin and Ida (Retzloff) Jones. Leon married Pat Ford on March 31, 1962 in Cleburne. Before retiring Leon worked in the health food distribution industry as a maintenance supervisor as well as many years at Cleburne Electric and was member of Calvary Baptist Church. Open visitation will be 10:00A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the funeral home. A private family graveside will be held.

Leon (Papa) enjoyed spending time with his family & friends. He especially loved his time with grandkids and great-grandkids. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1961. Leon dabbled in everything from rebuilding Cushman scooters to tractors and of course his 56 Chevy. Leon never met a stranger and enjoyed sharing his stories with everyone. He loved his Calvary Baptist Church family and spending time with them. Most of all having his personal relationship with Jesus which fulfilled his Eternity.

Leon is survived by his wife, Pat Jones of Cleburne; son, Jerry and wife Tracey Jones of Cleburne; daughter, Jennifer and husband Mitch Myers of Fort Worth and their son, J.D. Myers; son, Jody Jones and wife Monica of Malakoff and their children, Jared Jones and wife Stacey, Taylor Jones and wife Lindsie, Alexis Painter and husband Avery; great-grandchildren, Addie Mae Jones, Piper Scout Jones, Jameson Pineda Jones and Lawson Thomas Jones and sisters, Shirley Guinn of Kopperl and Carol Reynolds of Oklahoma.

Leon is preceded in death by his father, Francis Jones and mother, Ida Jones.

38th State Meet for Texas

Let’s begin thinking about our coming State Meet. October 14-17, 2020.

The registration page and schedule will be posted in July.  We are extending the invitation to the Cushman Club of America members. You can read President Richard Kesselus’s letter at the end of this post.

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From Richard Kesselus:

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In this year of tragedy and disappointment we are just not getting to feel the wind in our face.  Meet after meet is being canceled.  A year of planning and preparation down the drain.  Disappointment for all in Nebraska after years of work is tough to swallow.  For us in Texas our move to change our meet date to the Fall may give us all a chance to do what we like.  Riding and showing our handy work may not be completely lost.   Our State Meet has always welcomed all Cushman members and in this year, 2020, we want to especially welcome CCOA members to join with us in Wichita Falls, Texas, for our state meet which will be held October 14th  through 17th.  Being familiar with the normal CCOA schedule our schedule is a little different but we will adjust some to make it familiar. Starting Monday October 12th, Columbus Day, we will plan to have rides Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday. Registration will start Wednesday afternoon. Our Show scooter judging does not have all the many classes at the National but there are classes that fit all scooters. This will get all who have labored getting a show scooter ready a place to enter it in a contest prior to the 2021 National.  That said there is another opportunity to have some scooters in a contest with our 100 Year Club which is described below.

In the next CCOA magazine there will be a complete schedule of events and early registration so keep and eye out for that information.  You can always go to our web site to get the best up date on what we are up to.


What’s Different?  We do most everything that is done at the Nationals plus a few extras. First, we have a 100-year club (the age of the owner and the age of the scooter must add up to 100). When the club was started not everyone was eligible but, as time rolled on most any of us and any original scooter qualified. The scooter must be all Cushman except for some safety items.  There is a small club membership fee if you are interested in taking part. The scooters are judged best original, best restored, and highest number of years.  There is a short ride for all the old scooters.  We also enjoy a Scooter pull (like a tractor pull). We have our own sled and several classes, Stock and Modified Huskey engines as well as an unlimited class.

Wichita Falls is almost in Oklahoma, I’m sure Don Reed and a few other Okies might like that, it is somewhat centered in the US and maybe not any farther that some who would have traveled to Grand Isle.  So, if you are hankering to ride or show off your work  “Y’all Come”. Watch for a complete rendering of our meet in the next edition of CCOA Magazine


You can contact me at or 512 431 2940.  Richard Kesselus TCC Inc. President.

Cecile Blount # 469

Loretta “Cecile” Blount

January 21, 1938 ~ March 16, 2020 (age 82)


Loretta Cecile Sivley Blount, 82 of Sulphur Springs, Texas, took her final trip on March 16, 2020. A graveside service will be held Saturday March 21, 2020 with a public memorial held at a later date. There will be no formal visitation. Instead, the family invites you to pay your respects at West Oaks Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Blount, Betsy Blount, Jacob Blount, Samuel Blount, Jordan Crist, Billy Barber, Jessica Barber and John Wright. Honorary Pallbearers will be Duncan Wood, Mark Peugh, Steve Peugh, Cephis Gregory, Donna Gregory Edgar, Johnny Midgley, W.B. Cox and the FUMC Sojourners Sunday School Class.

Cecile was born January 21,1938 to Marion Hamilton Sivley and Florence Elizabeth Bryant in Yantis, Texas. She attended both Sulphur Springs High School and Greenville High School. In graduated 1956 from Greenville High School.

On June 8, 1956 she married the love of her life Paul Ray Blount. They met as he was delivering prescriptions for Nelsons drug store on a Cushman Scooter. They were happily married until his passing on March 10, 1999.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Throughout her life she was active in 4-H, 4-H Saddle Club, Rockwell Riding and Quadrille Club and Star Twirlers Square Dance Club. In the 80’s she began working as a Teacher’s Aide at Sulphur Springs Middle School. During that time she helped collect 1 million pull tabs. After retiring in 2004 she became an Ambassador for the Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce. She was named Ambassador of the Year in 2008.

In 1997 she became the Secretary of the Texas Cushman Club and retired in 2014. During her time she was awarded the Founders Award and her Cushman Eagle won National Awards.

She is survived by her sons Terry Ray Blount (Lee Ann), Jon Eric Blount (Martha) and daughter Patricia Lynn Barber (Carl). Her grandchildren Jeremy Blount (Rachel), Betsy Blount, Jacob Blount (Brooke), Samuel Blount (Erika), Jordan Crist (Cesaly), Cooper Blount, Jessica Barber and Billy Barber (Kaitlin) and two Great Grandsons. She is also survived by her sister Martha Cox (W.B.). She will be missed by special friend Sue Peugh, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and special niece Cathy Cox Bryant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hopkins County Veterans Association and the FUMC Youth Program.

A special thanks to our Angel Martha Cox for her loving care the past two years of her older sister’s life. The family would also like to thank the staff at Carriage House Manor.

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Loretta “Cecile” Blount, please visit our floral store.

From Chrysti Love:

Cecile Blount and her husband, Paul, were great folks. They joined in 1990 and by 1997 Cecile had accepted the job of State Secretary. When Paul passed in 1999, she wanted to continue as Secretary. The friends of the Cushman Club supported her through her grief and provided a purposeful diversion. Many people have  story to share. Cile loved to thank Raymond, my husband, for giving one of her grandsons a ride on his Cushman. The boy thought he would never get to ride again since his granddad had passed. Small acts of kindness that remain the best way to encourage.

Your State Secretary has so much responsibility for the continuation of the club. Jill Wadlow, Gene Sargent, Bill Mills, and Cecile Blount all served in this capacity.

In 1997, Cecile began her 17 years of serving our club. She took this seriously. By spending devoted time on membership rolls, attending meeting and keeping minutes, plus attending events, Cecile created a wonderful record of our club’s history. When I took the responsibility, I also received a pickup load of boxes – old state meet records, magazines, newsletters, patches, and the treasured 5×8 original memebership notebooks. So much history that when I began to create the history tab on the website, I just had to search through my treasures.

We will miss this lady – Cile Blount.

2005 Founders Blount

Accepting her Founder’s Award from President Tommy Greer. 2005 at the 23rd State Meet held in Sequin.


Accepting her plaque for  years of service from President Ben Sargent, 2014 State Meet.

2014 State new secretary

Chrysti Love and Cile Blount, State meet in Brenham, 2014.

Good-bye to a sweet friend.

Chrysti Love

Cancellation of 13th Annual Carmine Event

I received word this morning that the Carmine event lead by James and Jane Press will be cancelled this year. The Calendar reflects this change.

The Ft. Smith Event, April 2 and the Water Valley Ride, April 16 will be re-evaluated closer to time. Both events have been cancelled.

The Corona Virus Restrictions are in place to help us all stay healthy. Please take care and WASH YOUR HANDS.