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Farris Williams, 90, discusses his days as a shrimper in the bay and Gulf of Mexico as he sits in his motorized wheelchair in the Port Lavaca Nursing Home. Williams severed part of his left index finger while operating a boat's pumping system in the Gulf of Mexico. "When I'd go out into the ocean, you know, that finger was a big help to me," Williams said. "I sure miss that finger." Texas Parks and Wildlife Capt. Rex Mayes has worked with shrimpers for decades and likened them to the "cowboys" of the sea.