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Obituary - Buddy Dick




Mr. Buddy Gene Dick, age 77, passed away Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, under the care and comfort of his family.

Buddy had a life-long love for the Tennessee Walking Horse and trained many multi-titled world and world grand champion horses over the years. 
 
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Brother Steve Murphree will officiate. The family will receive visitors Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. until service time.
 
Buddy was born Oct. 7, 1939, in Science Hill, Kentucky, to the late Columbus and Mary Dick. He started training horses at an early age and moved to Tennessee in 1997 to train with his son Rodney Dick in Columbia, Tennessee, under the Twin Hills Training Facility banner. In 2002, they moved to Finish Line Farms in Unionville, Tennessee.
 
Buddy was a life-time member of the Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Association and was passionate about showing and training walking horses. He won his first world grand championship on Steel Connection in 2000. Another horse he campaigned, Guz Malzahn, was his pride and joy. In 2016, they were undefeated. 

Buddy held membership in Ferndale Baptist Church in Liberty, Kentucky.
 
Survivors include three sons, Rodney (Susan) Dick of Unionville, Bradley Dick, of Springhill, TN and Matthew Dick, of Gallatin; two daughters, Schella Grider, of Nicholasville, Kentucky and Wilma Jean Charles (Rodney Justice) of Pikeville, Kentucky; grandchildren, Chasity, Scottie, Amanda, David Lee, Hilary, and Shaun; great grandchildren, Jacob Hogue, Emily, Daniel, and Katie Stanley, Braxton and Bryson Johnson, Fraceska Charles, Camden Cowen, and Oakley and Makayla Dick.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Tennessee Walking Horse Trainers Association, P.O. Box 61, Shelbyville, TN 37162.
 
Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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