About Us-OB Goolsby Memorial, Charitable Organization

 Our vision in starting the OB GOOLSBY MEMORIAL CHILI COOK OFF was to carry on the Legacy left behind by O.B. Goolsby.   O.B. was born and raised in Mt Pleasant Texas on August 21, 1947, graduating from Baylor University in 1969 with a Business degree, he began working at Pilgrim's Pride in food sales distribution.  He humbly worked his way up to management positions, in 2004 he became CEO of Pilgrim's Pride.  "Our company has lost a dear friend, respected mentor and a man of the highest ethics and integrity," said Ken Pilgrim, chairman. "O.B. had a natural ability to communicate with all types of people, whether he was talking to employees on the processing line, customers at large corporations, or investors on Wall Street. He had a way of putting everyone at ease almost immediately after meeting them. Our company would not be where we are today without his firm hand and compassionate spirit."    In 2007, O.B. had a massive stroke while hunting with customers and co-workers in South Texas, he was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he passed away 2 days later.  After his death, the family couldn't bear the thought of people forgetting his name or his gracious ways and the chili cook off was born in December 2009.  The family would like to thank each and every one of you that have helped keep O.B.'s legacy alive. 

 Thank You! 

Hope Ministries of Northeast Texas

 100% of the proceeds from this event are given to Hope Ministries.

Hope Ministries exists to transform lives and alleviate poverty.  We believe our model is a kingdom approach to release honor, respect and value to each person's life. This approach leads to permanent transformation and breaks the cycle of poverty. This vision of Hope is to serve all ages of at risk women and children through a multi-generational community living experience.  As we dream with God to care for the widows and orphans, we acknowledge that poverty runs deeper than finances.  Our goal is to release healthy & whole individuals back into the greater community being physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually prosperous. Hope provides a community living experience with discipleship and transformational housing.

 Hope Ministries of Northeast Texas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. All charitable donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law within the United States of America.

PO Box 1618, Mount Pleasant, TX 75455


2019 Sponsors & winners

Event Sponsor

The OB Goolsby Family 


                   American National Bank                                  


Big Dog Roofing & Construction

Mardi Gras Seafood

East Texas Broadcasting

Clint Rivers


Smith Wastewater

Dr. Naayar Syed

Johnna & Kevin Fullen

Elliott Auto Group


Joe Tex USA

Scrubbies Wash USA

First Federal Community Bank

Higginbotham Insurance

Bowie Cass Electric Cooperative

2019 Winners Circle

1st Place

Guaranty Bank & Trust

2nd Place

The Copeland Brothers

3rd Place


Best Campsite

Bowie Cass Electric Cooperative

People's Choice

Cypress Basin Hospice

Entertainer of the Year

Big Dog Roofing & Construction

Hottest Chili Ever

Elliott Auto Group

Best Dressed

Big Dog Roofing & Contruction

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