Obituary – James “Allen” May

Appling, GA  –  James “Allen” May, 66, husband to Becky Cummins May, entered into his eternal rest Friday morning, January 10, 2020 at his business in Augusta. Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday afternoon, January 14, 2020 at InMotion Church in Thomson with Pastor Scott Franklin officiating. Interment will follow in the Kiokee Baptist Church Shucraft Cemetery in Appling.
The only son born to the late Ruth Long May and the late Phillip Roland May, Allen grew up in Wadley, graduating from Bartow Academy. While still in high school, he worked for Battle Lumber and continued his employment there after graduation. He then began work for CSX Railroad where he worked for many years before starting his own company, Precision Paving and Sealing. After closing this company, he went back to his roots and started Precision Pallet Company, Inc.  He considered those in his employ his family and did not expect anything more from them than what he was willing to do.  Allen loved his Lord and Savior.  As a young man, he attended Wadley Baptist Church and was a past member of Kiokee Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and in various other positions.  Being very mission-minded, he went on at least fifteen mission trips. For the past six years, Allen has served his Lord at InMotion Church.
First and foremost, Allen was a family man. Known as “Big Al” by most, he was most proud of being “Pop” to his grands.  He loved beach vacations with his family and time with Becky at their mountain house in Clayton.  In his younger years, he enjoyed golfing and going hunting; but his favorite pastime was fishing with his boys: the Alaskan fishing trip being a special, memorable time—not just for the fishing but for the great time and memories made. Allen loved his family unconditionally and stored up his treasures in them.  He was happiest and most content in their presence, cherishing their time together. He had a great love for the newest addition to his family, Bella Rose, his French bulldog.  Allen knew that we are all created equal—he never looked down on anyone and put everyone on the same, level playing field.  Well-respected, a man of integrity, a man with a great work ethic, genuine, honest, charitable, a man with a big heart, and more have been said of Allen.  Husband, best friend, father, “Pop”, “Big Al”, employer, co-worker, brother-in-Christ—whoever he was to you, you knew you were loved by him because he had a true love for others through Jesus Christ  Allen has now journeyed to his eternal home where he was greeted with a “Well done my good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of thy Lord”.  His eagerly awaited hope is now a reality for eternity.
Others left to cherish his memory include his children, Jess May (Bettina), Jennifer Brooks (Scotty) and Eddie Waldrop (Brandi); sister, Ellyn Womack (Cale); seven grandchildren, Rivers May, Bailey May, Jackson May, Hampton Brooks, Bentley Brooks, Crews Waldrop and Karsyn Waldrop; nieces, nephews, church family and friends. Pallbearers will be Rick Benning, Les Brown, Curtis Floyd, George Hayes, Hal Keller and Tracy McDaniel.
The family will receive friends at InMotion Church from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. prior to the services on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
The family respectfully requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to InMotion Church, 1130 Washington Road, Thomson GA  30824.

Obituary – Kenneth Landon Callicutt

On Wednesday, January 8, 2020 with his family by his side, Kenneth Landon Callicutt went home to be with the Lord. Kenneth was born in Moore County on November 13, 1938 to June Lendon Callicutt and Delsia Williams Callicutt. He attended Seagrove United Methodist Church. Kenneth was the proprietor of Seagrove Grocery and Callicutt Stables in Seagrove and was a long-time member of the NC Tennessee Walking Horse Association. He was a member and past president of the Seagrove Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Pat Farlow Callicutt of Seagrove; one son, John Landon Callicutt and wife Ann of Seagrove; two grandsons, Landon Ross Callicutt and Luke Andrew Callicutt both of Seagrove; sisters, Billie Wilson and husband Vernon of Asheboro, Lee Abbott and husband Michael of Charlotte, Ruby Perry of Sorrento, Florida, and Shirley Smith and husband Sidney of Asheboro; and brother, Gary Callicutt and wife Rosa of Asheboro. In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold Callicutt and Lloyd Callicutt; and sisters, Clara Swain and Janice Smith. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 10, 2020 at from 12 noon-1:30 pm at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro. A Celebration of Life will follow on Friday at 2:00 pm at the Pugh Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ed Carter officiating. Burial will be held in the Seagrove Christian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Hospice of Randolph, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204-0009 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Equine Obituary – More of the Dollar

more of the dollarMore of the Dollar, foaled June 2004, passed away Dec 2019.  He was started in Ky by Mike Thomas and sold to the Bob Adcock Family as a two year old.  He was placed in training with Charlie Green and began his long and successful show ring career.  His first appearance at the Celebration was as a two year old under Charlie Green.  Sam McLaughin took over training duties in the fall of 2007 and remain as his trainer until 2010.  As a four year old he made his second appearance at the Celebration, and then again as a five year old, both times under Sam McLaughin. He was sold to the Louis Judd Family beginning the 2010 show season as an AOT horse. Our thanks to the Bob Adcock family for allowing us to own such a special horse.  Mr Dollar as we called him was well traveled, he was shown in many states, Ala, S Carolina, N Carolina, Va, Fla, Miss, Ky and Tenn.  He was shown over 114 times and won over 50 blue ribbons, 16 reserves and the rest 3, 4, and 5th places. I (Louis Judd) show him at the Celebration in 2010 and receive a 5th place in the Owner Amateur Specialty World Grand Championship and returned in 2014 to place 3rd in the Owner Amateur Specialty World Grand Championship.  Mr Dollar went through all the inspections of the DQP’s and VMO’s without ever receiving a violation.  This is one of the things I am so proud of, he was truly a gifted horse and a horse perfect for me or any AOT owner.  His personality was calm, trusting, and wanting to please.  His beauty was commented on by everyone that saw him and he loved the attention and petting he got. His long flax mane with a multi colored  tail that reached the ground drew lots of attention.  He was so proud of himself and in the lineups he always looked around at the crowd with ears up enjoying himself.  I never had to raise my voice to him, he knew what I wanted and needed from him. I learned a lot from this horse and am so very thankful I was his owner and friend. Every time I entered the barn I said hello to him and he said hello back to me, we were best friends.  I never had a horse so special and I am going to miss him so much.  I was hoping when the end came to  retire from showing, we could do it together on our terms but God had a different plan.   I have told many people he was so smart he could get himself ready for the show, I just needed to sit down and leave him alone.  He loved to go and show, when the trailer pulled up to the front of the barn his ears went up his eyes lit up because he knew it was show time.  Well show time is over, he never won a World Championship, but he was a World Champion  to me, good night my friend, we will ride the night skies together again someday, with love Louis.

WHAA Barn Party

WHAA Barn Party

March 7, 2020 – 10:00 am

Choose Your Gait Farms/ Elysium

1255 County Road 72

Danville, AL  35619



There will be a lot of great items to auction as well as breeding fees to some of the top stallions in the industry and training fees for many of the top trainers.


Everyone is encouraged to bring your young horses to preview for the upcoming show season.


Lunch will be provided free of charge.   WHAA members are asked to bring desserts for lunch and items for the auction.


Most importantly, bring your checkbook/cash and be ready to spend some money for a great charity.


For directions or information, call

Gerald Campbell – 205-566-6091

Nathan Clark – 256-505-1210

David Latham – 256-572-1820

Kelly Peevy – 256-426-0749

Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Younger

Reichard wedding photoCongratulations to Kristen Reichard and Kenny Younger. The couple married on December 14, 2019. The Scoop wishes the Youngers a lifetime of loving memories.

PWHAT Calendar

2019 High Points and Awards Banquet Reservation
Save the date! The PWHAT Awards Banquet and Annual Business Meeting will be held on January 18th, 2020 at the Bell Buckle Café Conference Center. Social Hour will start at 5:30pm (BYOB — setups provided). Dinner will begin at 6:30pm and is catered by the Bell Buckle Café. Award presentations will take place after dinner. We hope to see everyone there! (Reservations are due by December 29th, 2019)
Join Now for 2020
There are lots of good reasons to join PWHAT! Here are just a few: multiple horse shows with high points and awards at the end of the year, organized trail rides throughout the year, and clinics and other educational opportunities. There are many opportunities where we can join together to enjoy and support our wonderful Tennessee Walking Horses!
Go ahead and send in your membership now so you don’t miss out on any of our activities and events for 2020!
PWHAT PO Box 712 Shelbyville TN 37162
Note the new fee structure for 2020: single adult $25 and single youth $10. We no longer offer the family membership and lifetime membership options.


WHOA Calendar

Schooling Show
March 7, 2020
New to the show ring world, this show is for beginning riders and horses. Coaching is allowed from the side ring.
Helmets required for children 11 and under.
Casual Attire (Collared shirt, long pants & boots)

WHOA Judges Clinic
March 7, 2020
Refresher course for current or aspiring judges


KWHA Makes High Point Announcement

The KWHA, Kentucky Walking Horse Association, recognizes high point winners at their banquet each year. This association is vital, as it manages the Kentucky Celebration Horse Show.

In early January, information will be sent to all show managers affiliated with the KWHA. The annual affiliation fee will cover the following: The show listed in the annual Blue Book, show advertisement on the KWHA’s website, and it allows members to acquire points for the year-end awards. Please note- In order to acquire points, the rider, owner and trainer are required to have membership in the KWHA. Beginning in 2020, points from all shows affiliated with KWHA and any certified HIO will count in the High Point records. Please direct any inquiries to Terry Logan Lunsford, KWHA President at 859-576-8433.


Obituary – Joe Martin

Joe MartinThe Tennessee Walking Horse Industry mourns the loss of icon Joseph Daniel Martin, Jr. of Shelbyville, Tennessee. He passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019 at his home. He was born in Gallatin, Tennessee to the late Joseph Daniel Martin and Sue Green Martin. While he was a graduate of Gallatin High School, during his high school years he was beginning his career by riding and training horses with Billy Gray at the Sumner County Fairgrounds.

Joe was a lifelong dedicated Tennessee Walking Horse trainer and master breeder. Just two days prior to his death, Joe was honored to receive the WHTA’s Lifetime Living Legend Award. Though absent, he was still very present in the hearts and minds of many. Each person stood in applause, recognizing all the years of hard work he endured to help build a great Walking Horse Industry. In addition to his love of horses, he enjoyed University of Tennessee sports, SEC football & basketball, horse racing, professional bull riding and was a huge supporter of Shelbyville girl’s basketball.

If you knew Joe, you would know he loved dogs; big dogs, little dogs and all dogs in between. You would also know that any time when his big orange semi-trailer pulled on the show grounds, something special was going to happen at the horse show that night.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cena Biles Martin of Shelbyville; son, Joe (Mike) Martin-Grimes of Montclair, NJ; first wife, Judy Wiser Martin; stepson, Justin Douglas Reed of Shelbyville; granddaughters, Sydney Martin-Grimes and Kendall Martin-Grimes of Montclair, NJ; grandson, Ethan Martin-Grimes of Montclair, NJ; step-grandson, Jayeton Reed of Shelbyville; sister Mary Glen (Robert) Lassiter of Louisville, KY and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Suzanne Martin Roddy.

His final days were spent at home surrounded by family and friends who Joe had touched in some way. His final wishes were truly played out and the number of visitors to come through the doors was a tribute to his life.

Though we grieve our loss, there is joy, too in having known and loved such a special person. A Celebration of Life was held on Friday, December 20, 2019. Visitation with the family was held from 4-6 pm at the Blue Ribbon Circle Room on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, Tennessee. A service followed at 6 pm.

Arrangements were made by Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1stAve NW, Winchester, TN 37398 (931) 967-2222 The Scoop sends our deepest sympathies to the Martin Family.

Obituary – Sharon Perry

It is with regret we announce the passing of Mrs. Sharon Perry, age 77, of Fayetteville, Tennessee. Sharon was born on October 24, 1942 in La Porte, Indiana to the late Robert and Eileen Pearl. Mrs. Perry passed away on December 14, 2019 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Sharon was a managing partner of S.A. Perry Heating & Air in Gallatin, Tennessee. After moving to Fayetteville, she worked as a substitute teacher for Unity School for ten years. She was an avid mystery book reader and enjoyed caring for her Walking Horses.

Sharon was a member of the Walking Horse Owners Association, Pleasure Walking Horse Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association. She enjoyed volunteering at the FAST Spring Showcase Show for the last 10 years. One of her biggest thrills was winning the 2014 PWHAT Horse of the Year with her beloved “Little Bit of Coppertop”. She was a member of the Eastern Star and was of the Baptist Faith.

Sharon was a loving daughter, wife and sister. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Steve Perry; sister, Sandra McComb of Winslow, IN; nephew, Robert Burke; beloved dog, Leah; and her horse of a lifetime, Little Bit. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Perry was preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Pearl; and nephew, Jarod Burke.

No services will be held. Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sharon’s name to FAST Inc. or Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Gift and Donor Services, 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 900, Nashville, TN 37203-1197. The Scoop sends our condolences to the Perry Family.