Johnnie Jumper, owner of Pee Jay Farm in Ripley Mississippi, is a Living Legend in the Sports of Cockfighting Hall of Fame.
Before he become known in the world of cockfighting, Johnnie worked at a shoe factory. Johnnie raised chickens and into cockfighting but not dominant to be known.
Johnnie is very close friend of Cecil Davis. Cecil Davis had a lot of country walks for gamecocks. Cecil had 100 stag walks from Walter Kelso and 50 stag walks from Bill Japhet almost every year. Walter and Bill got their main breeds from John Madigin and Thomas Murphy when these two gentlemen decided to quit the sports. Both Walter and Thomas are known for breed named after them. Cecil also got all stocks of Walter and Bill and become known for Cecil Davis Kelso gamebreed. Johnnie got some good Cecil Davis Kelso from Cecil particularly the Out & Out Kelso families.
Bill sent a stag to Cecil for country walk. Cecil then sent this same stag when he was a cock to Johnnie for training. When the time come to fight him, Cecil told Johnnie not to use him because they do not know where he come – the pedigree that is. But at a later time, they showed this cock twice. The first against Curtis Blackwell green legged Hatch in Alabama cockfight event. The second in Arkansas cockfight event where the owner and breed of the opponent was forgotten by years past. On both occasion, american gaff was used.
This cock, now a two-time winner, is a yellow legged straight comb medium station red cock. Johnnie become fond of this cock as this cock will sing, as Johnnie puts it, all day long like a radio. Johnnie called this cock Radio. Johnnie asked Cecil to ask Bill the pedigree of this cock. They were told by Bill that it was from a Whitehackle cock and Murphy hen breeding.
Johnnie bred this cock to a Grey hen which was a half Blueface half Bumblefoot Grey in breeding. The offsprings were too fast and has terrible performance.
Then the nick of the Radio. Johnnie bred this cock to a yellow legged peacomb Kelso hen. The offsprings were of good performance. Johnnie chose the best daughter of straight comb type every breeding season until he got 31/32 of the original cock linebred offsprings. These are the Radio gamebreed we have known and desired.
The late former Philippine Congressman James Chiongbian of Sarangani entry at World Slasher Cup was very successful using Radio and Kelso from Johnnie. Johnnie and James were very good business friends. Philip Chiongbian, son of James, is continuing the devotion to Johnnie Jumper gamecocks and uses Johnnie’s gamecocks for his King Cobra entry. Most of the big names in Philippine cockfighting already imported their Radio and Kelso stocks from Johnnie. These two breeds from Johnnie will remain on top of the performance decades from now.
Johnnie characterized his Radio as very aggressive non-stop fighting, body puncher, medium station, round body, straight comb, yellow legged, medium red and whitehackle hackle. Johnnie characterized his Kelso as very aggressive high flying fighting, yellow and white legged, straight and pea comb, dark and light red. Johnnie mentioned that both his Radio and Kelso are not smart but has very quick reflexes and a deliberate strong blows.
Johnnie Jumper Tribute cockfighting events were held at Sunset Recreation Club and Bayou Club years ago when it is legal to fight birds in Louisiana cockfight events. In these two very prestigious cockpit, Radios and Kelsos were performing well in all weapons – short knife, long knife, and long heels (gaff).
Johnnie also breeds Grey, Roundhead, Hatch, and Aseel breed.
Johnnie got a musical family background and played the guitar in band named Johnnie Jumper and the Rhythm Drifters. The Pee in his farm stands for the last name of his business partner Ray Price, the musician.
Johnnie is always a gentleman and very good conversationalist. He does not guess what other person might say or think about a subject or why the other person did something. He say he does not know the answer. He just say what he thinks or what he knows about the subject.
Johnnie is love by his wife Doris, son Randy and his grandson Nathan. Johnnie is a cancer survivor. He is doing well and healthy during my visits.
One morning, Johnnie and I had a breakfast at his favorite diner in Downtown Ripley. I placed enough money on the table to cover the food and tip (more than 20%). But he gave my money to the waitress. And proceeded to pay our meal to the manager. That was more than 100% tip. More than what I always give, 20% only, even on business expense.
Then while we were talking Johnnie cut spurs by making an initial cut above the final cut, just like my Papa who learned it from our ancestors especially my Papa’s father or my grandfather.
I will leave you with Johnnie’s word about the Radio.
“Cecil brought me a rooster to train one time…and this rooster was very noisy. He was happy, happy all the time. So, I trained him and uh I’d exercise him and he was just so noisy. He had a great mental attitude. So, I named him Radio. I gave him the name Radio cause he talked all the time. And that…that name has stuck with those chickens since 1962. And course people call “you the man that invented uh come up with the radios?” and I say well I come up with this one rooster you know and so I bred him to 1 kelso hen then I bred him back to 15/16 of him and that’s how the…and I still have that family to this day. We call them Radios but they are red chickens with yellow legs. Their basic bloodline was 1/2 whitehackle I was telling you about and 1/2 murphy. They come from Mr. Murphy up in New York. That’s what the rooster was made up out of, but we still have them today and they have such a great mental attitude. That’s so important…the mental attitude.”
– Gameness til the End
Carol NeSmith‘s email reply dated Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 5:19 AM:
Mr. Jumper has past away, he was one of the best that has ever been in gamefowl and my best friend.