Skip to content

Obituary – Willie D. "Bill" Bilbrey



Long time walking horse enthusiast, Mr. Bilbrey passed peacefully from this life on Sunday morning July 15, 2018 in the comfort of his home. He was born in Overton county on June 8,1937 to late Floyd Bilbrey and Ethelene Parrish Bilbrey. He was a member of Free Communion Church of Christ and Swallows Chapel Church of Christ. He loved his wife Rudy and children and grandchildren. Bill enjoyed fishing and enjoyed training horses. He trained World Champion, Pushover Magic Lady.

Bill leaves his wife Ruby Parrott Bilbrey of Livingston, TN; daughter, Carol Ann Rudd & husband Ronnie ; 3 grandchildren, Jacob Reeder & wife Afton, Kandace Ward & husband Austin, and Elizabeth Rudd; 2 great grandchildren Kaysen Ward and Mayin Reeder; brother, Herman Bilbrey of Livingston, TN; sister, Vestal Prichard of Livingston, TN.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Joe Bilbrey, AB Bilbrey, and Robert Bilbrey and sisters Roxie White and Jewel Smith, and Geneva Bilbrey.

Funeral services for Mr. Willie D. "Bill" Bilbrey, age 81, of Livingston will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 18, at the Chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. Robert Boles will officiate. Burial will be in the Wirmingham Cemetery. The family will welcome friends from 5 to 9 at the Speck Funeral Home on Tuesday July 17, and from 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday until time of service at 10:00.

More Stories

  • Latest Issue 4 22 19

    Read More
  • Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Honey Badger

    Do you know what a honey badger is? If not, don’t worry about it … the honey badger really doesn’t care what you think because they know how awesome they are. A small, fierce mammal also known as a ratel, the honey badger was made famous after a video about it, narrated by Chuck Norris, went viral. Read More
  • Year In Walking Horses Dedication: Howard Hamilton

    Howard Hamilton has spent his entire life devoting himself to his family and the horse and he does it all for one very simple reason — love. He and his family literally love the horse with all of their hearts; Howard certainly plays his part in doing what he can to ensure the horse, the industry and the industry’s youth thrive. Read More
  • The Money Tree Classic selects Beard

    Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary is proud to announce that Rollie Beard will judge the 36th Annual Money Tree Classic on July 5, 2019. The show will be held in Champions Arena.  Read More
  • Bedford Cancer Foundation announces plans for spring show

    The Bedford Cancer Foundation has announced it will again be sponsoring its annual horse show, scheduled to take place Saturday, April 27 at the Champions Arena on the grounds of the Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The show will feature 30 exciting classes including both flat shod and padded performance classes.  Read More
  • Obituary – Keith Champion

    Walking Horse owner and exhibitor, Keith Champion, passed away April 11, 2019. Keith was known for his humble attitude and great personality. Keith owned and exhibited Go Boy on Parade, Collectors Director, and most notably The Real Deal, and Be Cool. Read More
  • Obituary – Frank Eichler

    Frank Martin Eichler "Fritz" 88, of Cincinnati, Ohio, father of popular Walking Horse owner, Frank Eichler, who owns Rising Star Ranch and whose wife Debbie is popular exhibitor, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Read More
  • Latest Issue 4 15 19

    Read More
  • Bennett Stables Relocates

    Kim Bennett Stables has relocated to the beautiful Grand Oaks farm located at  825 Great House Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Kim has been training professionally since the mid-seventies and is well known for his success with Amateur and Youth riders as well as in open divisions. Read More
  • A Thank You from Frankie Jo Bradley

    I would just like to say Thank You to everyone who has been so good and thoughtful to me during this time. I appreciate everything and anything that all of you have done!  Read More