Avant Burmeister “Meister” Coward was inducted into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame last year, but was recognized at the Young Farmers’ Rodeo on Friday, Aug. 17 with members of his family accepting the honor.
His daughter, Nelda Coward Rentz, nominated him and her letter follows:
I would like to nominate Avant Burmeister “Meister” Coward for the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
He was the youngest of 12 boys born to John Russell and Mary Matilda Coward. He was born on August 22, 1905 in Atascosa County and spent his whole life there. Being a cowboy was a way of life. He was in a saddle from a young age. He had a lot of help in learning how to handle cattle from his parents and brothers. He also participated in rodeos.
He was an extra in the movie “Rough Riders” about Teddy Roosevelt in 1926. He continued to be in ranching all of his life until his death in the line of duty as an Atascosa Deputy Sheriff on August 2, 1952.
I entered this for my three sisters, five grandsons, 12 granddaughters and numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.
I, Nelda Coward Rentz, nominate my Daddy as South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame for all of my family. He is still an all around cowboy in our hearts.
The family received a certificate and a bandanna with a handmade rawhide slide from Roy Alonzo, 2013 Cowboy of the Year.