Reba McEntire comes by her country and western roots honest. Her father, Clark McEntire, was a champion steer roper and holds the record as the youngest competitor at the Pendleton Roundup, a historic annual rodeo held in Oregon.
Tulsa World reports that Clark McEntire, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 86, will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
In an interview with Tulsa World, McEntire' sister, Susie McEntire-Eaton, a Christian music artist, says her father had a strong passion for ranching and roping and his work ethic is something the whole family continues to live by.
"They don't make them like him anymore. He worked from daylight to dusk," McEntire-Eaton told Tulsa World. "And he and Mama instilled that in us kids... Being on time is being 30 minutes early. You worked until your work is done, and you do a great job so that they will want you back."
Clark McEntire was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979.
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum's 2019 inductees include Kevin Costner and Howard Keel (Hall of Great Western Performers), McEntire and cowboy and historian George McJunkin (Hall of Great Westerners), singer Michael Martin Murphey (Lifetime Achievement Award) and cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey (Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award). The induction ceremony will take place during the Western Heritage Awards, which will be held April 12-April 13.
"When I started selecting songs for this album, I stuck with that same formula -- go with the songs that touch my heart, and hopefully when you hear me singing it, they'll touch yours too," McEntire said in a statement. "I grew up on an 8,000-acre family ranch singing at dance halls, honky-tonks and rodeos with my brother and sister. I haven't gotten to do that in a while, so I'm thrilled to pieces."