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Amazing People from Lubbock County Texas
Famous People from Lubbock County Texas
Lubbock County's most famous people are from Lubbock, Idalou, New Deal, Shallowater, Slaton or Wolfforth. They were born here, raised here, or lived here. Their deeds and sometimes misdeeds have caught the attention of major media, noted historians and collectors worldwide. You may be surprised to learn your favorite singer, songwriter, actor, historian, author, football player, basketball player, baseball player, golfer or boxer is from Lubbock County, Texas.
Jay Boy Adams  - singer and songwriter
"Jay Boy" Adams born December 8, 1949 as James Wallace Adams is a, songwriter, and . . . read more
Jo Harvey Allen in Fried Green TomatoesJo Harvey Allen

Born and raised in Lubbock Texas, Jo Harvey Allen is an actress, playwright, poet, and pioneer of women in radio. Allen has appeared in numerous films including co-starring roles in True Stories, Fried Green Tomatoes, and The Client . . . more about Jo Harvey Allen

Black Horse Commanche ChiefBlack Horse - Comanche leader

The last Indian raid in Texas began when Black Horse and his renegade band of Comanche, camped in Yellow House Canyon in 1876 in Lubbock County and murdered a hunter in Post. The running battle that became known as "The Buffalo Hunter's War" was fought across the South Plains with major incidents in Garza and Lubbock counties and came to an end in Cochran County when Black Horse surrendered to Buffalo Soldiers out of Abilene . . . continued

Don Bowman - singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host

A native of Lubbock, Texas, Bowman was born August 26, 1937, he was a famous country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host . . . more about Bowman

Paul H CarlsonPaul H Carlson - noted historian, author and publisher

Born Paul Howard Carlson in Lubbock County August 30 1940, Carlson is a  noted historian of Texas, the American West, and Native Americans . . . more about Carlson

Jo Carr - preacher, teacher and author

Betty Jo Crisler Carr was born September 29, 1926. After finishing high school at the age of sixteen, Crisler traveled alone from California to Lubbock, Texas to attend college. She was a preacher, a teacher, an author, a missionary, a mother of five, and a leader of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She was the first woman appointed . . . more about Carr

Jerry Bo ColemanBo Coleman

Jerry "Bo" Coleman was born July 1, 1936 at home to a farm couple, in Wilson, Texas in Lynn County. As a teenager, Coleman worked in the cotton fields for fifty cents an hour. In Lubbock, young Coleman first worked for the RC Bottling Company. Then the door to radio opened for him in 1956 at KLLL  . . . continued

Kenneth CopelandKenneth Copeland - televangelist, author, speaker and musician

Born in Lubbock Texas December 6, 1936, Kenneth Max Copeland  is a popular  author, musician, public speaker, and televangelist. He was raised in West Texas near a United States Army Air Forces airfield (Reese Air Base). . . continued

Kristi Cline - Model and ActressKristi Cline

Kristi Cline was born on May 4, 1980 in Lubbock, Texas. Cline attended Snyder High School in Snyder, Texas where she was a cheerleader. She is a model and actress . . .  more Kristi Cline

Barry CorbinBarry Corbin

Born in Lamesa October 16, 1940, Corbin graduated form Monterey High School in Lubbock Texas and studied theatre arts at Texas Tech University . . . more about Corbin

Chace CrawfordChace Crawford - actor

Crawford was born in Lubbock, Texas July 18, 1985. He is an actor, known for his portrayal of Nate Archibald on The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl . . . more

Mason CrosbyMason Crosby - professional football player

Mason Walker Crosby was born September 3, 1984 in Lubbock Texas. He is an American football placekicker for the Green Bay Packers of the National football League . . . continued

Sony CumbieSonny Cumbie- professional football player

Born Sonny Jack Cumbie August 8, 1981, Cumbie was the starting quarterback for Texas Tech in Lubbock Texas during the 2004 season, where he led the nation in passing . . . continued

Sonny CurtisSonny Curtis - singer songwriter

Sonny Curtis was born May 9, 1937 in dugout house in Meadow Texas. He was a teenage friend and band member with Buddy Holly in Lubbock, Texas . . . continued

James Duncan DavidsonJames Duncan Davidson - photographer and software developer

Born July 29 1970 in Lubbock, Texas, Davidson is photographer and a software developer . . . more about James Duncan Davidson

Mac Davis - singer and songwriter

Born January 21, 1942 in Lubbock Texas as Morris Mac Davis, he graduated at 16 from Lubbock High School. Davis became famous as a singer, songwriter and actor, One of his top hits was  "(Lubbock) Texas In My Rear View Mirror" . . . more Mac Davis

Dorothy DelasinDorothy Delasin professional golfer

Born in Lubbock Texas August 26, 1980, Delasin grew up in San Francisco, California. Delasin has four career LPGA titles including the 2001 Samsung World Championship . . . more Delasin

Justin DuchschererJustin Duchscherer - professional baseball player

Born November 19, 1977, While attending Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas. Duchscherer was selected by the Boston Red Sox in 1996 Major League Baseball draft . . . more about Duchscherer

Craig Ehlo - professional basketball player

Craig Ehlo was born in Lubbock Texas August 11, 1961, he attended Monterey High School in Lubbock. Ehlo is a retired National Basketball Association player . . more on Ehlo

Joe Ely from Lubbock County TexasJoe Ely - singer and songwriter

Born in Amarillo February 9, 1947, Ely spent his formative years from age 12 in Lubbock, Texas, and attended Monterey High School more about Joe Ely

Ralna EnglishRalna English - singer

Ralna English was June 19, 1942, Haskell. She grew up in Lubbock, Texas. She joined the Lawrence Welk show in 1969 . . . continued

Andy Fickman

Fickman was born in Midland Texas and graduated from Texas Tech in Lubbock. He is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, television director, television producer, and . . . continued

Charlene FinknerCharlene Finkner

Born September 21, 1927, she opened a small dress shop that became a Lubbock icon. She served as president of the American Business Women's Association and received the Woman of the year award in 1965 . . . more about Finkner

Clint FormbyClint Formby 

Renowned radio broadcaster called the "Old Philosopher"  He was Texas Tech's Number One Student In 1949 and the only single person to have held the offices of Texas Tech student body president, Board of Regents chairman, and president of the Ex-Students Association.  . . . read more

Dan FloresDan Flores - historian, author, professor

Born October 19, 1948, noted historian and author Dan Flores began his academic career at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he taught from 1978 to 1992 . . . more on Flores

Denton Fox from Claude, TexasDenton Fox

Born May 21, 1947, Denton Fox was a football cornerback who played college football for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team. He was inducted into the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. . . . Read more

Snuff GarrettSnuff Garrett - Disc jockey, singer and producer

Born July 5, 1938, At seventeen, Garrett was a disc jockey in Lubbock, Texas. "Snuff" is often still mentioned on the Lubbock oldies station KDAV. He gained fame and fortune as a disk jockey, record producer, singer and entrepreneur more about Garrett

Dennis GentryDennis Gentry - professional football player

Born in Lubbock Texas February 10, 1959, Gentry graduated from Lubbock Dunbar High School and Baylor University. He was drafted into the Chicago Bears in 1982 where . . . continued

Jimmie Dale GilmoreJimmie Dale Gilmore - singer, actor and producer

Gilmore is a native of the Texas Panhandle, born May 6, 1945 in Amarillo and raised in Tulia and Lubbock, Texas, he is a musician, actor, and producer more about Gilmore

Glenna GoodacreGlenna Goodacre - artist, sculptor

Born in Lubbock Texas August 28, 1939, Goodacre graduated from Monterey High School. She began her sculpting career with timid beginning of a six-inch study of her daughter Jill, Goodacre . . . continued

Jill GoodacreJill Goodacre - model, actress and photographer

Born in Lubbock Texas March 29, 1964, Jill Goodacre is a former model, actress and photographer . . more about Jill Goodacre.

Susan Graham

A graduate of Texas Tech University and the Manhattan School of Music, Graham is one of the world's foremost opera stars . . .

Jerry GrayJerry Gray - NFL football player and coach

Born Jerry Don Gray in Lubbock Texas in 1962, Gray attended Lubbock Estacada High School. Today, he is a football coach and . . , more about Jerry Gray

John Thomas Griffith - singer and songwriter

John Thomas Griffith was born in Lubbock Texas April 3, 1960. He is a guitarist and vocalist for the band Cowboy Mouth which he founded in 1990 . . . more about Griffith

Eric HippleEric Hipple - professional football player and author

Eric Hipple was born in Lubbock September 16, 1957. He is an author and former professional football player. Hipple played for the Detroit Lions from . . . read more

William Curry HoldenWilliam Curry Holden - noted historian

Born July 19, 1896, He was also known as Curry Holden. He was a noted historian, archeologist, educator and author. In 1937 he became the first director of the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. Holden authored . . . continued

E J Holub aka The Beast professional football player and coach

 Born January 5, 1938, E.J. Holub grew up in Lubbock, Texas and attended R.W. Matthews Junior High  and Lubbock High School where he played for the Lubbock High Westerners more about Holub

Buddy HollyBuddy Holly - singer and songwriter

Born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock Texas in 1936 and attended Roscoe Wilson Elementary. From early childhood, he was nicknamed "Buddy". A contract with Decca Records misspelled Holley's last name as "Holly"; from then on, he was known as "Buddy Holly". . . continued

Rick Husband - Astronaut from Amarillo TexasRick Husband

Rick Husband is a graduate Texas Tech. He was an astronaut and traveled into space twice. He died on his second mission when the Columbia disintegrated over Texas during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.

Landon Johnson - professional football player

Linebacker Landon Johnson was born in Lubbock Texas March 13, 1981 and attended Lubbock's Coronado High School . . . more

Curtis Jordan - professional football player and entrepreneur

Curtis Jordan was born in Lubbock Texas January 25, 1954. He attended Monterey High School and Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He is a restaurateur and former NFL player . . . more about Jordan

Bobby KeysBobby Keys - saxophonist

Bobby Keys was born in Slaton Texas Lubbock County in 1943. Keys played with some of the biggest names in music including The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr, Warren Zevon, Joe Cocker, Joe Ely . . . continued

Legendary Stardust CowboyLegendary Stardust Cowboy - pioneering singer

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy was born Norman Carl Odam on September 5, 1947, in Lubbock, Texas. Took up music in his high school years for popularity and impressing girls. Considered one of the pioneers of the genre that came to be known as psychobilly . . . more on Odom

Brad LelandBrad Leland

Born September 15, 1954 in Lubbock, Brad is a film and television actor best known for his role as Buddy Garrity in the TV series Friday Night Lights. He has appeared in 20 feature films, 25 television shows and numerous theater performances . . . more

Natalie MainesNatalie Maines singer

Natalie Maines, born in Lubbock Texas ‎October 14, 1974. She attended Williams Elementary School , was a cheerleader at O.L. Slaton Junior High School and graduated from Lubbock High School. Maines spent a year and a half at South Plains College in Levelland . . . continued

Jim MarrsJim Marrs - author, reporter, editor and photographer and journalist

Born in 1943 in Fort Worth, Marrs moved to Lubbock Texas in the 60's and graduated from Texas Tech University. He is a reporter, editor and photographer, journalist and book author . . . more Marrs

Delbert McClintonDelbert McClinton - artist

Born in Lubbock, Texas Nov 4, 1940, Delbert relocated with his family to Fort Worth when he was 11 years old. McClinton has been a leading Americana artist since before the genre was established .  . .  more about McClinton

Richie McDonaldRichie McDonald - singer songwriter

Born in Lubbock Texas in 1962, McDonald is a country music singer and songwriter. He has long been one of music's most accomplished and wide-ranging talents . . . more about McDonald

Greg MintonGreg Minton - professional baseball player

Born July 29, 1951 in Lubbock, Texas. He was nicknamed Moon Man for his practical jokes. Minton enjoyed a 16-year major league career and was a member of the 1982 National League All-Star Team . . . more

Chance Mock professional football player

Chance Mock was born in Lubbock, Texas December 10, 1981. He played professionally for the Austin Wranglers in the Arena football League . . . more about Mock

Donnie Moore - professional baseball player

Donnie Moore was born in Lubbock Texas in 1954. He was selected as an All-Star in 1985 and committed suicide in 1989 shortly after his 16- year career ended . . . continued

Jeff Morris

Born in Missouri September 20, 2004, he was raised in Lubbock, Texas. Jeff had roles in many war films, including Kelly's Heroes and in television westerns including Death Valley Days and the hit TV series Bonanza . . . continued

Terry NorrisTerry Norris - professional boxer

Born in Lubbock Texas in 1967. Norris was a star baseball player during his high school years but turned to a career in boxing. He turned pro in August 1986 . . . more about Norris

Daron Norwood

Born in Lubbock, Texas September 30, 1965, Norwood was raised in Tahoka. He began singing Gospel music with his evangelistic family at a very early age . . . more about Daron Norwood

Pete OrtaPete Orta

The Christian rock singer grew up in Lubbock Texas and attended Haynes Elementary School, Mackenzie Junior High, Evans Middle School, Matthews Junior High and Lubbock High and graduated from Coronado High School . . .  more about Orta

Paula PaulPaula Paul

Paula Paul was born Paula Griffith on her grandparentsí cotton farm near Shallowater, Texas. She graduated from a country high school near Maple, Texas in Bailey County. She is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than thirty novels . . . Read more

Eagle PennellEagle Pennell

Born July 28, 1952 as Glenn Irwin Pinnell in Andrews, Texas, Pennell grew up in Lubbock and College Station. He was an independent filmmaker best known for The Whole Shootin' Match which won seven Awards and inspired Robert Redford to start Sundance.

Tony Peyton

The last surviving member of the original Harlem Globetrotters, Tony Peyton lived in Lubbock from 1988 to 2001 when he moved to Midland to be near his sons . . . more about Peyton

Jesse Powell

Powell was a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins from 1969 to 1973.  He played in three Super Bowls. After retiring from football, Powell worked as an insurance agent for 35 years and retired from the company in 2012. Powell died in a Lubbock hospital. . .   more about Powell

Buck RamseyBuck Ramsey

In 1956, Buck graduated from Amarillo High School and enrolled in what is now Texas Tech. To support himself in school, he worked at part-time jobs on ranches around Lubbock . . . continued

Alex Ross - artist, comic book publisher

Born in 1970. Alex Ross was raised in Lubbock, Texas. He published his first comic book in 1990. "Ross may simply be the field's Favorite Painter, period. more about Alex Ross

Martin RubyMartin Ruby - professional football player and coach

Ruby was born in Lubbock, Texas June 9, 1922. He was an offensive and defensive tackle for the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers in the All-America football Conference . . . read more

Jane Gilmore Rushing - author novelist

The famed novelist lived in Lubbock for most of her career. She grew up in Pyron a West Texas community that is now a ghost town in southeastern Scurry County, Texas . . . continued

Marsha SharpMarsha Sharp - basketball coach

Sharp was head coach of Texas Tech University's women's basketball team, the Lady Raiders in 1982 until her retirement after 24 years. In 2003, Sharp was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame . . . more about Marsha Sharp

Jessie Lee Sharpley  - cosmetologist, educator and television personality

Born Dec. 17, 1923, , Sharpley's path to fame began in 1952 when she embarked on a highly successful hair design career in Lubbock, Texas . . . more about Jessie Lee

Bubba ShobertBubba Shobert - professional motorcycle rider

Born in Lubbock, Texas January 29, 1962, Shobert began riding at the age of 6 on a Briggs and Stratton minibike. He is a three-time AMA Grand National dirt-track champion . . . continued

Duane Simolke - author and publisher

Born in 1965, Simolke is an author interested in the history of Lubbock, Texas. In additions to his many books and magazine articles, Simolke founded the gay online newsletter "Rainbow Lubbock" in 1997 . . .  more about Simolke

Angela StrehliAngela Strehli - singer,  songwriter,  historian

Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1945, Strehli is an electric blues singer and songwriter. In addition, she is also a Texas Blues noted historian and Impresario . . . more about Strehli

Ned SubletteNed Sublette - author, musician, record producer

Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1951, Sublette is a composer, musician, record producer, musicologist, and author. Sublette is probably best known for fusing country-western and afro-Caribbean styles . . . more Sublette

Wayne TippitWayne Tippit - actor

Wayne Tippit was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1932 and studied speech and drama at Texas Tech College . . . more about Wayne Tippitt

Eric ValdezErik Valdez

Erik Valdez was born in Lubbock, Texas on August 26, 1979 as Russell Erik Valdez the son of Miguel and Karen Valdez. Best known for his recurring role of Trey Mitchell in the  television series General Hospital, and his role of crime boss Carlito Solano, Jr. in the TV  drama Graceland ... read more

Randy Velarde

Velarde was born in Midland, Texas. He attended college at Lubbock Christian University, where he played four seasons of baseball until 1985, when he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. read more

Conrad VernonConrad Vernon - actor, artist and director

Conrad Vernon IV was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1968. He is a voice actor, storyboard artist and director best known for work he provided in the animated film series Shrek . . . continued

Helen WagnerHelen Wagner - actress

Helen Wagner was born on September 3, 1918 in Lubbock, Texas to Charles and Janette Wagner. Wagner played the matriarch, Nancy Hughes on the soap opera As the World Turns for 54 years . . . Read more

Ernest Wallace at Retirement Ernest Wallace author, professor, historian

After just two years of study, Wallace received his Master of Arts degree at then Texas Technological College in 1935 and began as a Texas Tech instructor of history the following year . . . more about Wallace

Dewitt WeaverDeWitt Weaver, Jr - Professional golfer

Weaver went to school from the time he was 12 in Lubbock, Texas, where his father was the head football coach at Texas Tech . . . more

Louie WelchLouie Welch

Born in Lockney, Texas December 09, 1918. Welch grew up in Slaton where he was a member of his high school debate team and president of his senior class. He was Mayor of Houston, Texas from 1964 to 1973 . . .  More about Louie Welch

Dirk West Dirk West - artist, cartoonist, journalist and politician

Born in Littlefield, Texas in 1930 , the West family moved to Lubbock soon after. West was a famous cartoonist, journalist and mayor of Lubbock, Texas . . . more Dirk West

Duane Whitaker from Lubbock TexasDuane Whitaker - Actor

Born in Abilene Texas June 23, 1959, Whitaker is a graduate of Monterey High School in Lubbock. He has spent the last 30 years as one of Hollywood's most entertaining . . . more

Brandon Williams - professional football player

After an impressive HS record, Williams accepted a scholarship from Texas Tech University and started as a defensive end in his 2nd year. He led the Big 12 Conference with 21 tackles . . . more about Williams

Lubbock County Estates with Unclaimed Money

Lubbock County Unclaimed Estates

These Deceased Residents of Lubbock, Idalou, Wolfforth, Slaton, Shallowater and New Deal Texas Left a total $794,070 in Unclaimed Money for their heirs.

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Books about Lubbock County People and Places

Books about Lubbock County People and Places


Books about Lubbock, Shallowater, Idalou, New Deal, Slaton, and Wolfforth

Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

I LOVE LBK (Facebook)

If you grew up in Lubbock, Texas  (Facebook)

You know you're from Shallowater if  (Facebook)

Whats Happening in Slaton Texas (Facebook)

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