Obituary – Ruth York Bennett

Centertown- Ruth York Bennett, 91, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Ohio County Health System. She was born April 29, 1927 daughter of the late F.W. and Gola Trogden York.

Ruth was a member of Centertown Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Welborn Lee Ashby American Legion Post 296. She had worked in the Ohio County Circuit Court Office, Fort Hartford Stone for 20 years and Commonwealth Community Bank for 20 years.

She served as Horse Show Secretary for the Centertown Horse Show for more than 50 years. She was heavily involved and supportive of the Tennessee Walking Horses that her husband, both children, and all grandchildren actively showed successfully throughout Kentucky and Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Lee Bennett and a brother Charles York.

Survivors include her son Kim Bennett; daughter Jeannie Bennett Maddox (Barney); grandchildren Jenny Maddox Combs (Chris), Ashley Maddox Pogue (Jeremy) , Paige Bennett and Ricky Bennett; great grandchildren Trevor Doan, Merrick Doan, Silas Jackson and Foster Jackson; sister Betty York Tichenor (D.A.).

Funeral services were Friday, September 7, 2018, at Bevil Bros. Funeral Home in Beaver Dam. Burial followed in Bell Cemetery near Centertown. The Scoop sends our condolences to the Bennett Family.

Obituary- Eddie Ray Davis

Eddie Ray Davis, 68, passed away Sunday September 9, 2018. He is survived by loving wife Donna Sponcil Davis of 48 years, son Jason (Shari), and grandson Nathan Davis. He was a native of Lexington, but a life-long resident of Jessamine County. He was born May 5, 1950, to the late Ray and Esther Hager Davis.

Eddie Ray loved horses and was a member of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association and the American Hackney Association. He was a farmer, and was happiest when swapping and trading, or “working a deal”. Eddie Ray was a KWHA Board of Director, served as President of the KWHA, held a Judges license for the KY HIO and RHBAA, and maintained the position of KY HIO DQP Coordinator during some of his active years with the horse industry. He was a former employee of the City of Nicholasville Planning and Zoning. He and Donna attended Roberts Chapel United Methodist. A Remembrance Service was held Thursday, September 13th, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home. He was laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to the Roberts Chapel United Methodist Church. Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home is honored to serve the Davis family. “Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love”. The Scoop sends our deepest sympathy to the Davis Family.

2018 Celebration Fun Facts

The recent Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is in the books and ended on a positive note. There were interesting statistics that came from the 80th Anniversary show; some were history makers.

* Lined Royal Cash broke the Fine Harness record by claiming her 11th win in this division. The 8 year old mare is owned by Jack and Wilsene Kwok. She has received blues with Bobby Hugh, Michael Overcast and owners, Jack and Wilsene Kwok.
* Bob Adcock kicked off his Celebration in a big way by winning two World Championships in the same night.
* Carol Missildine came to the 2018 Celebration as a novice rider, (no blue ribbons at the Celebration) and went back home with 2 World Grand Championships and 4 World Championships.
* Another first was in the model division. All three model classes were won by the same trainer, Robert Nelms, as well as the same owners, Ronnie and Angela Rushing with Rushing Creek Walkers.
* 21 more horses showed in the 36 championship classes than in 2017.
* First place ties were diverse. There were only 53 unanimous ties. Judge Sisk and Stuart tied the winner 134 times, Judge Hilley tied the winner 131 times, Judges Sorrel and Campbell tied the winner 128 times.
* Myatt Manor won the most World Grand Championships with 5. Callaway Stables, Wright Stables and Finish Line Farms were a close second with 3 World Grand Championships.
* Winning the most blue ribbons was Callaway Stables with 19, Myatt Manor was next with 14, and Wright Stables and Baucom Stables were tied for third with 12.
* Jimmy McConnell won his fourth World Grand Championship title.

Walking Horse Association of Ohio News

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Noble Stout, on Friday evening, September 7, 2018. Noble was battling several health challenges.
Noble was larger than life and had many, many friends. There will be services at a later date. Our hearts and prayers are with the Stout family during this time of great loss.


Congratulations to Todd Knois, Lewisburg, for winning the 2018 Celebration FAST 50/50 Cash Raffle. He won $18,107.50. Lynn Womack, Joi de Vie Salon, sold the winning ticket and receives the $500.00 bonus.

Thank you to everyone for joining in and buying FAST raffle tickets. Our Tennessee Walking Show Horses and Horse Shows are the true winners as the other half of the 50/50 FAST raffle proceeds will be used for the Promotion, Protection and Preservation of our wonderful Horse!

Obituary for Gerald Page Henley

Gerald Page Henley, age 71 of Maiden, North Carolina passed away Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his residence.

He was born on May 18, 1947 to the late Rhyne Baxter and Aleen Poole Henley. He was a lifelong member of Friendly Chapel Baptist Church. Gerald was the owner/operator of Henley Motors in Maiden from 1971-2005 when he retired. Gerald had a great passion for Tennessee Walking horses and also continued as a businessman through his commercial rental properties. He served in the US Army.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 25 years Vanessa Franklin Henley, and a son Darin Henley (Samantha). He is also survived by two brothers Charles “Gene” Henley (JoAnne), Giles Henley (Patricia); sister Linda Helton; one granddaughter and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Friendly Chapel Baptist Church in Maiden with Pastor Jeff Harris officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The Scoop sends our condolences to the Henley Family.

25 Years After The Touch

This year’s Celebration marks the 25th Anniversary that Chad Way directed The Touch to the World Grand Champion win. The family of the late artist Billie Nipper is offering The Touch print at a special price of $25 as a way to honor this silver anniversary milestone. This offer will be available throughout the 10-day Celebration.

Rolfe Mullins Update

On Saturday evening, August 25th, Rolfe Mullins collapsed while in the line-up after showing his horse. As EMT workers arrived, they found him in critical condition. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is now recovering and getting better each day. The Mullins Family appreciates your prayers and thoughts and asks that you continue to remember them during his recovery.

Corner Cleaners Offers Southern Hospitality

Corner Cleaners is ready for all of their guests!! If you are too busy to stop and eat, owner Suzy Johnson invites you to stop by and grab a quick snack and drink. Let Corner Cleaners help give you the energy boost you need until you can get your next real meal. Join Corner Cleaners in Celebrating the greatest horse ever. Let’em walk on!!

FAST Fundraiser

fast cashFAST is hosting their 50/50/ raffle again this year. The winner will be announced Saturday, September 1, 2018.