Meals-on-Wheels: “Stuff Legends are made Of” - Local man recounts his family’s ties with the infamous couple Bonnie and Clyde. Sit back and read a tale of just one of many regarding the remarkable people who make up the Meals-on-Wheels family of Johnson and Ellis Counties. At the tender age of 12 Ray Cavender ambled out of the woods and into a clearing grinning from ear-to-ear. It was the early 1930s in Ovilla, Texas, and the farm boy was proud to emerge from the under bush with a veritable feast for his family – two large swamp rabbits that he landed with his shotgun.
But from his peripheral vision on a hill to his right he saw a familiar sight to some of his family members in his small community, though no one talked publicly about it. A Ford V-8 idled from its vantage point as the occupant eyed the boy wielding the weapon.
Ray knew who it was immediately. He put down the rabbits, held out the gun for the driver to see and removed the shell from the gun’s barrel. He held up the shell and then deposited it in his shirt pocket.