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Remembering Cowboy John Garner

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - Ask an adult in southeast Texas if he or she remembers Cowboy John Garner and Black Bart from their childhood and many will say yes.

Garner died Sunday night at his home. He'd battled pancreatic cancer.

Garner and John Stevens known as Back Bart in the show came into homes across Southeast Texas from 1958 through 1972.

It was a live variety show which included interviews with Hollywood stars, children playing games, and pranks from Black Bart.

KFDMs Ashley Gaston sat down with John Stevens to talk about his lifelong friend.

People would ask can we have a photograph. Cowboy and I would autograph this one.  Its the most prominent picture, said John Stevens.

These pictures are from the 1950's, the days of black and white television.

He was always the white act, I was the one lurking around the corner, said Stevens.

John Stevens played the role of Black Bart.  He was the bad guy.

John Garner played Cowboy John, the unsung hero.

It was a morality show, the good guy always wins, and he was in life a good guy, said Stevens.

Cowboy John and Black Bart's circle four club was a live variety show.  It started in about 1958 and remained on the air through about 1972.

Cowboy John would often interview famous entertainers including Johnny Cash, Eddie Arnold and Roy Rogers.

It was a good time and that is the way Ill always remember cowboy, said Stevens.

Their friendship lasted 55 years.  Sunday, cowboy john garner died of pancreatic cancer.

I watched him suffer, it's a terrible disease, but he went in his sleep, god is good, said Stevens.

Stevens says he'll miss his lifelong friend.

The kids absolutely loved him and he really enjoyed the job, said Stevens.

He says he'll always remember the happiness viewers felt when they turned on the show and it came into their homes for its nearly 15 year run.



The host of a popular television program in Southeast Texas has died.

John Garner died at about 8:30 Sunday night at his home, according to Judge John Stevens, who told us Garner had battled pancreatic cancer.

The judge's father and Garner co-hosted a local children's television program that aired on KJAC from 1958-1972.

Garner played Cowboy John and Judge Stevens' father played Black Bart.

The judge told KFDM he and his father both got a chance to visit Garner in recent weeks.

He told us Garner's legacy is a children's program that remains know, to this day, decades after it last aired in Southeast Texas.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


 

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