Larry Vernon Terrell

November 26, 1917 - July 5, 1989
Role: Tophand, Cowhand
Nicknames: L.V., Redbird, Tony Black

There were nine children in Larry Vernon "L.V." Terrell’s family and all were born on the West Ranch. His father, Larry Terrell, farmed shares as well as worked as a cowhand, but L.V. wanted to be nothing but a cowhand from a small child. L.V. figures he got his cowboyin’ instinct from his mother, Elvira Steward Terrell. Lots of Stewards were cowhands. He started riding as soon as they could tie him on a horse during the dipping times [c. 1922]. He would carry the medicine for the cattle. L.V. started working cattle with the legendary O’Connor foreman, Louis Power, in the 1930s. “I loved the rough stuff, ropin’ bad bulls and stayin’ in camp. That’s when life was good. Thank God Louis Power and Mr. Jim Welder didn’t have helicopters or we’d have worked the whole damned world in one day.” L.V. was another legend in the pantheon of cowhands of the Texas Coastal Bend. Always ready with a funny or informative story, he could con the Pope out of his hat, and he may have.

Introduction to L.V. Terrell

Louise S. O'Connor
Voice of L.V. Terrell
L.V. Terrell - Anythin' you like you gonna do it.

Tony Lott – You're gonna do it, anythin' you like, see.

L.V. Terrell - Anythin' you wanna be you're gonna learn it.

J.Y. Lott – That's right

L.V. Terrell - Am I right?

Tony Lott – I always wanna be a rider and a roper.

Ananias Cook – I wanted to be a cowboy

L.V. Terrell – I wanted to be a cowboy and I was a cowboy! I believe both of y'all can witness, I was a cowboy.

Tony Lott - That's right.

Nathaniel Youngblood – I just catch that bosses back turn and everybody tryin' to get that rope on that calf at the same time.

L.V. Terrell – I didn't care about ropin' a calf cause I liked to rope a bad bull, specially he done got away from somebody else, all the time. I love to rope a bad bull. That's the best part a cowboy, workin', ropin' bad stuff.

Rufus Moore - Right.

L.V. Terrell - I don't know, but it was just a lot of fun stayin' out, layin' up talkin' at night, and what happened that day amongst the cowboys. What got away from you and what you couldn't catch and what got away from me. That's where the fun came out at camp.

Elvin Scott - That's where the fun come out.

L.V. Terrell - That's where the fun come out at camp.


“I was born down on the San’tone River. I wanted to be a cowboy. I loved the rough stuff, ropin’ bad bulls and stayin’ in camp. That’s when life was good.”

Cryin' For Daylight: Ranching Culture in the Texas Coastal Bend