Harville – Bowman Engagement

Thrilling tidings abound! Lilly Beth Harville, hailing from Corinth, Mississippi, is delighted to announce her engagement to Shaun Tyler Bowman. Lilly Beth, the cherished daughter of Kimberley Wood Morrison and granddaughter of Bobby and Anne Wood, is set to embark on this new chapter alongside Shaun Tyler, the son of Angie Grimes.
Their hearts entwined, Lilly Beth and Shaun Tyler eagerly anticipate the journey ahead. Your warm wishes and congratulations are warmly welcomed as they step into this exciting phase of their lives. More details about their upcoming nuptials will be shared soon.


The Eastern Kentucky Walking and Racking Horse Association Banquet will now be held on February 24th. For more information contact Tomika Goble at 606-626-5236 or Dalton Howard at 606-358-5518.

WHOA Press Release – Judges Clinic

Jaunary 18, 2024
The WHOA Judges Clinic and test for 2024 will be completed online. All current judges will automatically receive notification when the clinic and test is available.
If you are a current WHOA judge, no application will be required unless your information changed. Any person wanting to become a new WHOA judge will be required to submit an application to JoinWHOA@aol.com by January 24.
More information will follow in the coming days. All judges must have a paid current 2024 WHOA membership.

OBITUARY – Jeannae Patterson

Jeannae Patterson, of Jacksonville, Florida, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on December 21, 2023. She was looking forward to seeing heaven and Buz, her husband of 57 years, who she was certain was waiting for her. Jeannae leaves behind three children-Ashley (Chris) Cowart, Rachel Wood, and Sam (Karri) Patterson, as well as four grandchildren-Rob Patterson who she adopted and raised as her son, Justin and Lucas Giffen and Jacob Wood. Jeannae was a woman of extraordinary faith and believed that, no matter what your age, it was never too late for adventure and trying new things. She was fearless! Jeannae had a lifelong passion for owning, riding and showing Tennessee Walking Horses, and cherished the many friendships she enjoyed as a result of her time spent in Tennessee.
A Celebration of Life will be held on February 10th at Black Prong Equestrian Village in Bronson, Florida.

OBITUARY – Mary Hall Williams

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Williams, our beloved matriarch, at the age of 87 in Shelbyville, Tennessee on the evening of January 11, 2024.
Mary was born to Jerry Hall and Mandy Pye Hall in Coushatta, Louisiana. Her mother died when she was eight-years-old and she was raised by her maternal grandmother and aunt, Alberta and Lucille Pye. She attended Hanna School in Hanna, Louisiana. She moved to Pineville, Louisiana for work at Fort Polk Army base and later met and married Roosevelt Williams. They relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where they raised their family.
In additional to love for her family, Mary’s diverse passions included reading and traveling to horse shows to support her husband and children. One of her special joys was having all of the grand-children at the farm for two weeks together doing the summers and buying gifts for them at Christmas. She worked for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System for a number of years prior to retiring and moving to McComb, Mississippi.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Mandy, her grandmother and aunt Alberta and Lucille, brother Leon Bell, son Robert Williams and her husband Roosevelt Williams. She is survived by daughter Lucy Hall-Arthur (John), son Charles Hall, son Greg Williams (Tracy), daughter Rose Williams, son Frankie Williams (Angie), son Joel Anthony Williams (Mila), son Jerry Williams (Melanie). She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, a host nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

OBITUARY – Madeline Tew

Madeline (Evans) Tew, of Laurel, MS, entered eternal rest on December 31st, 2023. Madeline was born in New Orleans on November 25th, 1942, to Maurice Evans and Lois Graser Evans. She and her husband, Dwight Kimble Tew, just celebrated their 50th year of marriage.
Madeline was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Lois, her son, Michael Willis, and brother, Gerald Evans. She is survived by her husband, Kimble, and her sons, Scott (Elizabeth) Tew and Chad Willis. Madeline loved and cherished her three grandsons: Harrison (Jacqueline) Tew, Hayden (Morgan) Tew, and Hunter (Sarah) Tew, and her great-grandson, Arthur Tew.
Madeline, a member of First Baptist Church of Waynesboro, was an avid hunter and fisher. She adored riding her horses; some of her favorites being Shakin’ for Cash, who Madeline rode to a World Championship, and Busted in Tijuana, who she rode to a Reserve Championship. Madeline also loved spending time with her dog, Lilly. She enjoyed working with her husband, Kimble, to decorate their home and farm. Most of all, Madeline was a loving and generous friend to many and will be fondly remembered.
Madeline’s visitation was held on Wednesday, January 3rd at Freeman Funeral Home in Waynesboro. A graveside service at Waynesboro Cemetery followed. The pallbearers were: Harrison Tew, Hayden Tew, Hunter Tew, Bryan Clark, Mike Umberger, and Brenon Sehon. Jon Frank Clark, John Gunn, Robert Dean, and Billy Tew will be honorary pallbearers. Reverend Jason Sehon and Reverend Troy Hobson officiated the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


OBITUARY – John Sharp

John Phillip Sharp, age 86, of Ethridge, TN passed away Thursday, January 04, 2024, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He was a native of Ethridge, TN, Owner and Chairman of Sharp Transport, and a member of Ethridge Church of Christ where he served as a former elder. He was also a member of the Tennessee Trucking Association, Truckload Carriers Association, and the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.
Mr. Sharp was born in Waterloo, AL, and moved to Ethridge, TN when he was nine years old. His family had purchased farmland to continue farming after their Alabama farm was bought by TVA to create Pickwick Lake. At the age of 12, Mr. Sharp’s father died unexpectedly which landed the responsibility of running the farm on Mr. Sharp and his siblings. He continued to farm over the years and up until his death growing corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and hay. Mr. Sharp also loved Tennessee Walking horses and raised hundreds of horses over the years. He passed the love for horses onto his family, especially his grandsons.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Mr. Sharp began working at Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company in the shipping department where he worked for 17 years. Mr. Sharp met the love of his life of 64 years, Rebecca Bonner Sharp, and they began their family in Ethridge, TN where they raised three daughters. In 1979 he started Sharp Transport which over the course of 42 years became one of the largest family-owned truckload fleets in Middle Tennessee. Over the years Mr. Sharp employed hundreds of people who became like family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben Faires and Pearl Bell Balentine Sharp; one brother, Lawrence Sharp; and one grandson, Andy Adkins.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Bonner Sharp of Ethridge, TN; three daughters, Ginger Sharp Stutts (Bill) of Lawrenceburg, TN, Angie Sharp Ezell (John) of Ethridge, TN, and Allie Sharp Schwalb of Brentwood, TN; one sister, Jo Carolyn Hudson of Ethridge, TN; one brother, Ben Sharp of Nashville, TN; seven grandchildren, Chase Adkins (Jordan) of Ethridge, TN, Matthew Adkins of Lawrenceburg, TN, Balee Schwalb of Austin, TX, Libby Schwalb of Franklin, TN, Victoria O’Hara of Clarksville, TN, Nellie Kate Ezell of Lawrenceburg, TN, and Jackson Ezell of Chattanooga, TN; and special “adopted” grandson, employee, and caregiver, Enos Mast. Six great-grandchildren, Charlie Kate Adkins, Ellie Reese Adkins, Emmett Ann Adkins, Braxton Adkins, Annie Beth Adkins, and Layla O’Hara.
The family would like to thank Kendra Brazier-McConnell, Olivia Willis, and Tamorah Dotson for their exceptional care.
Arrangements were handled by Neal Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The family received friends on Saturday, January 06, 2024, at Neal Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted at Ethridge Church of Christ on Sunday, January 07, 2024, with Kirt Hughett officiating. Interment followed at John Lay Cemetery in Ethridge, TN. The family suggests memorials be made to the Ethridge Church of Christ Building Fund.

OBITUARY – Jane Meredith

Jane Hardy Meredith passed from this life on Thursday, January 4, 2024 in Roswell, Georgia with her husband of 40 years Tom Meredith at her side. Jane was diagnosed with cancer in 2022. Unfortunately, following chemotherapy and radiation, the cancer returned a few months later.
Her passing has left a void in many hearts and the entire Walking Horse industry. Jane was well known and loved and highly respected. She was always known for her beauty, grace, loyalty and for standing up for everything she believed.
Jane was the daughter of the late L.C. and Evelyn Hardy. She was raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her three brothers, Glenn, Mike and Lyman. She also loved her nieces Taylor, Emily, Evelyn, Caroline and Ainsley and nephews Charles and James.
A memorial service for Jane will be held on February 3, 2024 at 11:00AM at Restoration Church, 410 Rucker Rd, Alpharetta, Georgia.

Obituary – Dorothy Davenport

Dorothy Miller Davenport, age 87 of Clarksville, TN passed away January 13, 2024 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Dorothy was born on January 26, 1936 in Clarksville, TN the daughter of the late Walker and Beatrice Jones Miller. She is also preceded in death by her first husband, Paul Davenport and one sister, Ruth Batts.
Dorothy leaves behind her husband, Peter Huff, one son Peter Davenport, one daughter, Scarlet Susan Davenport; one niece, Mandy Batts; grandniece, Lacy Ignacio; grandnephew, Wendell Jimerson.A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at First Christian Church of Clarksville, with Pastor Craig Honbarger officiating. Visitation was held on Friday, January 19, 2024 at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home. Graveside Services followed in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Purcell, Jonathan Sperry, Keith Sperry, Mark Mosley, Wendell Jimerson and Jeff Bennett.
Dorothy was an award winning horse woman since the age of 12, she has owned, showed and bred “World Champion TN Walking Horses”, winning the “Ladies Fine Harness World Championship”. She was an educator and Counselor at Barksdale, New Providence, North East, Montgomery Central and St. Bethleham Schools. She owned Eupdon catering and hosted weddings and parties. She was a 3rd generation member of First Christian Church and volunteering for “The Food Room” at First Christian Church feeding the needie of the community.
In lieu of flowers donations maybe made to “First Christian Church-The Food Room” 516 Madison St. Clarksville, TN 37040.

Obituary – Beverly Sherman

The Tennessee Walking Horse industry has lost an icon. Long time exhibitor, owner and Walking Horse supporter, Beverly Sherman, passed away on January 16, 2024. A full obituary will be announced as soon as it becomes available. Please continue to pray for the Floyd Sherman Family during this time of loss.