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Obituary - Buddy Black



Long time walking horse enthusiast, Buddy Black, 87, of Woodbury, Tenn passed away on April 2, 2017.He was born April 16, 1929 in Rutherford County to James Hillard and Eva Groom Black. He was the second of six sons, preceded in death by three brothers, Wayne Black (MIA Korea), Pete Black and Denny Black.

Buddy is survived by his wife, Annabel Seward Black; son, James Donald Black; granddaughter, Devon and grandson, Destin; brothers, Sam (Francis) Black and Bobby (Lynn) Black both of Murfreesboro, and a sister-in-law, Gerry Black of Murfreesboro.

Buddy was raised in the Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Milton. He served with the 981st Army Engineers during the Korean War. He retired as a highly respected Chief Deputy Sheriff and Court Officer in Cannon County after 20 years of service.

Buddy’s primary passion in life was working with large animals. He showed his first Tennessee Walking Horse at age thirteen. He began training professionally in the mid 1950’s. Winning the Three-Year-Old Gelding class at the Celebration in 1957 aboard Go Boy’s Jet-A-Way. During his career, he showed Sun’s Ace Of Spades, the sire of World Grand Champion, Ace’s Sensation, which he owned as a Two-Year-Old. He was the trainer of the 1969 World Gran Champion Walking Pony, Scat Man’s Kitty Kat. Other great horses in his stable were Go Boy’s Brenda Lee, My Fair Lady, Mysterious Shadow, Handshaker’s Princess. Son Of Bel Aire, and Society Mack K. In 1965 he presented Triple Threat for sale commanding a bid of $43,000. The highest price walking horse ever sold at public auction at the time.

Buddy Black is the name that comes to mind when you hear the term Mule Skinner. He began working mules in the field at age five. His skills developed into training and showing draft mules. Many champion mules passed through his barn. In 1978 he won the Champion Pair Mules at Louisville, KY. There were nine championship classes in the show and he won seven of the nine. Buddy was one of the founding members of the Middle Tennessee Mule Skinners to preserve the heritage of the working mule. For 34 years, he had the honor of being the first wagon in the Columbia Mule Day Parade. He was named the Honorary Grand Marshall of the 2014 Columbia Mule Day Parade. Fittingly enough, Buddy passed away following the weeklong celebration of 2017 Mule Day which he loved so much.

 

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