OBITUARY – Turman G. Meadows

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Turman G. Meadows at the home of his son Keegan Russell Meadows, and his fiancé’ David “Brent” Arrington in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where Turman and his wife of many years Raymona resided in, on August 25th, 2023, at the age of 67.
Born September 16, 1955 in Madison, West Virginia, to Arvil and Violet “Odean” Meadows. He was a retired school teacher, teaching grades elementary through high school, along with leading the adult education programs teaching young and old alike that it is never too late to develop your education. After retiring from teaching, Turman couldn’t stay retired long, he chose to return to work in an administrative role in the coal industry in his home state of West Virginia.
His hobbies included riding horses, watching his son train horses in preparation for the show ring, as well as sitting ringside at every horse show he could. His son Keegan was his greatest pride and joy. Following a close second was Turman’s next pride and Joy his Grandson, Zachary whom he spoiled any opportunity he could get.
He is preceded in death by his father, Arvil Gay Meadows of Wayne, West Virginia, His Grandparents, Turman Meadows, Della Ryan (Earl Ryan), and Charlie and Inis Setliff, all of West Virginia, along with his Stepson Jacob Lane Bush born in Kentucky and laid to rest in Spring Hill, Florida.
He is survived by, Raymona Meadows, his son Keegan Russell Meadows (David “Brent” Arrington), his daughter, Angeli “Amanda” Meadows-Martin, and his “Favorite” Grandson Zachary Scott Claxton. He is also survived by his mother, Violet “Odean” (Setliff) Meadows, and siblings, Kathy Maynard (Larry Maynard), of Hernando Florida, James “Jim” Meadows and Charles “Chuck” Meadows of Wayne, West Virginia, 15 nephews and nieces and several grand and great grand nieces and nephews.
Per his request, there will be no visitation or memorial. Turman was insistent that anyone who wished to see him or speak to him, may have done so before his passing. He will have a direct cremation, and per his wishes, returned to Florida to be scattered in the place he loved the most.

OBITUARY – Windol Tate

Windol Tate, 80, of Woodbury, TN passed away peacefully Monday, September 11, 2023 at Alive Hospice of Murfreesboro. A native of Cannon Co., TN., the was the son of the late Malcolm and Loni Mai Bogle Tate.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joann Jones Tate of Woodbury; daughter, Angela (David) Mullinax of Woodbury; granddaughter, Laney Mullinax of Woodbury; siblings, Jimmy (Brenda) Tate, Gayle (Karen) Tate, Jeanne (Mike) Melton all of Woodbury and Joel (Marilyn) Tate of Irving College and sisters-in-law, Kathryn Vandygrift and Hazel Jones. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A member of the Baptist church, Windol retired from Standex International as a quality control manager. He and his wife, Joann, are the owners of Jennings Jewelers. After he retired, he worked at Woodbury Funeral Home for over 20 years.
Windol was an owner and had a love for TN Walking Horses. He attended The Celebration for over 50 years. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed watching high school basketball and he played football for Woodbury Central. He was also known for his big smile, his hugs, going to car shows and his cooking abilities.
Funeral services were held onThursday, September 14, 2023 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Dean Anderson and Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating. Interment followed in Odom cemetery.
Pallbearers included David Mullinax, Spencer Benedict, Ricky Jones, James Stembridge, Adam Hayes, Cliff Wilson and Kenny Gilley. Honorary Pallbearers include Jackie Gannon, Tony Vandygrift, Greg Vandygrift, Mike Melton, Jim Jones, Stuart Williams, Harold Duggin and Harold Bogle.
Visitation with his family was held Wednesday, September 13, 2023.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the TN Walking Horse Trainers Association Scholarship Fund. The Scoop sends our deepest sympathies to the Tate and Mullinax Families.


OBITUARY – Marvin North

Marvin Ellis North was born May 1, 1961 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to the late Joe Ellis North and Shellie Ann North. He spent part of his youth growing up in Gallatin, but spent most of his youth in Christiana, Tennessee.
As a youngster, Marvin began to show interest in horses when he got his first horse, a spotted pony he named Bill who he showed and won numerous ribbons at the 4-H Shows and County Fairs. His love for horses continued when he worked alongside his Dad at the family’s “Little 11 Stables” where he learned the North Lick by mimicking his Dad’s style of riding. Little did we know it would turn into his lifetime passion for riding and training Tennessee Walking Horses.
Over the course of his career, he worked with some of the greats at several stables such as Sammie Day of Continental Farms, Billy Gray of Sand Creek Farms, Ramsey Bullington of Ramsey Bullington’s Stables, David Landrum of Ravenwood Farms, Joel and Joe Weaver of Rising Star Farms and Dick Peebles of Peebles Stables, just to name a few.
During his career, he was named Assistant Trainer of the Year in 1999. His most notable horse was “The Lottery” of Ravenwood Farms where he won five first-place finishes. After he stopped showing The Lottery himself, he was still the trainer when he was crowned the World Grand Champion ridden by Joe Cotton.
Even with his failing health, he wanted to visit the Oval one more time. His brother Steve and good friend Michael Scott made it happen last year when he rode Miss Bad and Bossy into the ring.
They say “when you do something you love, it isn’t work” and this was true for Marvin. He lived and breathed Tennessee Walking Horses. There are few things in life that calm you, bring you pure joy and make everything all right; for Marvin, it was being next to or on a Tennessee Walking Horse.
He leaves to cherish his memories: a loving partner, Deborah Malone; mother, Shellie North; daughter, Kierra White; four grandchildren LaZaria, Dierra, Rose and Peanut; Siblings, Lorenzo North, Felicia Whitaker, Marguerite Laye, Jimmy Freeman, Steve (Anna) North, Joseph (Mary) North, Cheryl (Steffanus) Jackson, Pamela North, Richard (LaSand) North, Sabrina (Duan) Johnson and Rometrius North; a host of nieces, nephews, family, friends and the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry. The Scoop sends our deepest sympathies to the North family.

Alabama Jubilee

The Alabama Jubilee will take place on September 22nd and 23rd at the Alabama A&M Agribusiness Center Arena in Huntsville. This year’s show will be judged by Scotty Brooks, Steve Glidewell, and Newton Parks. For more information contact Joan Kemp at 205-566-6090.

OBITUARY – Janice Kay Larter Woody

Janice Kay Larter Woody, 59, of Salisbury, NC passed away Thursday, August 24, 2023 at her residence after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Janice was born March 31, 1964 in Wellsburg, WV to the late Jack Larter and Alda Vaughn Christopher Larter. She was a 1983 graduate of Brooke High School and earned a Cosmetology degree. Upon relocating to North Carolina, she worked as a Project Manager for Frontier Communication.
Janice’s greatest joy was her family. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the many teams that Mark coached throughout the years and a passionate fan at Macy’s horse shows. She loved the outdoors, especially the mountains and the beach. Most importantly, she had a strong faith that never wavered despite her illness.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Mark Woody; daughter, Macy Woody Norwood and husband Bryant; brother, David Larter and wife Jessie; sister, Karen Hervey and husband James Robert; as well as a loving extended family.
The family will receive friends from 3-5 PM Sunday, August 27at Summersett Funeral Home in Salisbury, NC.
A graveside service, conducted by Dr. Andy Davis of First Baptist Church in Durham, will be held at 11 AM on Monday, August 28 at Markham Memorial Gardens in Durham, NC.
Memorials may be made to Novant Health Hospice, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury NC 28144.

Obituary – Selmer “Peanut” Taylor

Selmer “Peanut” Taylor, age 85, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023 at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Rutherford County. He served in the United States Air Force.
Peanut was preceded in death by his parents; Selmer and Mary Magdalene Victory Taylor, brothers; Elmore Taylor and Cecil Taylor and sister, Julie Blythe. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce Morris Taylor, son, Mark Taylor, daughter, Tammy Davis Short, grandson, Jeremy Short, great grandchildren, Franklin, Noelle and Alexander and nieces; Edna June Taylor Major and Joyce Gail Blythe Vaughn.
Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home; 820 South Church St. Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Scoop sends our warmest condolences to the Taylor Family.

Obituary – Carolyn Asbury Dysart

August 31, 1933 – August 28, 2023
Carolyn Asbury Dysart, age 89, of Smith Farm Road in Lincolnton, died on Monday, August 28, 2023.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at Boger City United Methodist Church with Rev. Ronnie Roseboro and Rev. Dr. Tim Roberts officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
Mrs. Dysart was born August 31, 1933, in Lincoln County, to the late Hugh Jennings Asbury and Mary Arney Asbury. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Warren Dysart. Carolyn worked for the Lincoln County Schools.
She is survived by a daughter, Kelly D. Duschel of Lincolnton; sister, Shirley Combs of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Ensign Nicholas Duschel of Bahrain, Jessi Duschel and Caitlyn Duschel of Lincolnton; and nephew, Robbie Combs of Lincolnton.
Memorials may be made to Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 E. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

NC Championships

The North Carolina Championship Horse Show will take place on October 5-7 at the Western NC Ag Center in Fletcher. Making up the judges panel for this year’s event will be Brent Grider, Newton Parks and Amy Trimble.
For more information contact Myra Helton at 704-718-4152.

Walking Horses Represented at Eakin School

SHELBYVILLE, TN- On the eve of the 85th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, students at Eakin Elementary School in Shelbyville, Tennessee, were treated to a Walking Horse presentation. Regan Aymett spoke about the industry and how it benefits our local community and state. She also explained about the characteristics of the breed and its different gaits.
Providing the students with thrilling exhibitions were Bailey McCormick Martin and World Champion Always In Style. Always In Style is prepared by Mickey McCormick and Mane Motion Stables and is owned by Nora Alexander of Jackson, Tennessee. Also exhibiting for the captivated audience was Isaac McGee aboard Jolly Be Good and SSHBEA Multi-World and World Grand Champion Shotgun Rider. Jolly Be Good and Shotgun Rider are both prepared by Dickie Gardner Stables and are owned by Isaac and Keely McGee of Flat Creek, Tennessee.
To top off an already great presentation, The Celebration provided one free admission ticket to every student in Bedford County and for Eakin’s special day, the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association gave each student a keepsake Walking Horse pencil. Eakin Principal Kathy Reed expressed her thanks to each that made the event so special.


The Scoop was saddened to hear of the passing of Sam I Am Jose. On Thursday, August 17, 2023, the World and World Grand Champion passed away from sepsis after undergoing emergency colic surgery. The incredibly talented stallion was entered to contend for more World Championship honors in the Four-Year-Old Stallions division at this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
At the time of his passing, Sam I Am Jose had captured 18 blues and was undefeated his Three-Year-Old and Four-Year-Old years of competition. In 2021, the beautiful black stallion and Dr. Ann Rea won a World Grand Championship in the Amateur Two Year Old Stallions division. The following year, Alex Rea took the reins and won World Championship and World Grand Championship honors in the Amateur Three Year Old Stallions division. For his entire career, “Sam” was trained and cared for by Tanner Burks of Victory Farm. Because Victory Farm was the only home “Sam” ever knew, it appropriately became his final resting place where his memory will live on forever. The Scoop sends our condolences to the Rea Family and his Victory Farm barn family.