Ray Cavender Remembers Bonnie Parker
Ray Cavender, now 80 years old , remembers the times when his path crossed that of the outlaws - Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Perhaps the most vivid recollection was when he [as a teen-ager] was hunting swamp rabbits in Ellis County. As he was walking down the road to his uncle's house, he saw a Ford parked with a young girl standing by it holding a "Tommy" - a Thompson submachine gun. "She sure was purty," Cavendar recalls. Clyde Barrow was asleep in the back seat. After Bonnie declined his offer of a rabbit, Ray went on his way.
Another meeting was during a time he worked at his stepfather's gas station in Cedar Hill and once filled the gas tank for the two outlaws. The driver (Barrow) gave him a $20 bill and said "Enjoy yourself," as he drove away.
Cavender and his wife, Georgia, live out on Ovilla road in Ellis County with a black dachhound and two cats named - what else - Bonnie and Clyde!
[Information from a feature story in the The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (May 22, 2009)and used here with permission]