Kenny Lee Ailshie
Died: Aug. 22, 2008
Kenny Lee Ailshie, 59, of the Darnell Road community, died Friday at his home.
Mr. Ailshie attended Victory Church of God.
His family provided the following statement: "He was known as a loving husband, a wonderful dad, and a devoted grandfather.
"He had trained and shown horses for the past 40 years of his life and that was a passion that he had ever since he was a small boy.
"He was a dominate figure in the racking horse industry for the past 22 years with an astonishing six World Grand Championships to his name. His first coming in 1987 aboard 'Oil Stock' was for Larry and Carolyn Peters. He then became the only person to ever ride back to back World Grand Champions with 'Oil Stock's Delight' in 1991 and 1992 for the Clyde Creech family and then in 1998 he rode his fourth World Grand Champion aboard 'The Finalizer' for the Clyde Creech family.
"In 2002, he rode his fifth World Grand Champion aboard 'Unreal' for the Terry Dotson family of Knoxville, and his sixth and final Grand Championship aboard 'Score at Halftime' for Russell Enterprises of Smithville, N.C.
"He was a hard-working man that was well loved by people all over."
He is survived by his wife of 39 years: Sara Ailshie; a daughter: Buffy Ailshie; a son and daughter-in-law: Keith and Jamie Ailshie; his grandson: Brandon Ailshie; his granddaughter: MaKenzie Ailshie; and several close friends that he "loved like family."
He was a son of the late Bon Lee and Anna Mae Ailshie, and was preceded in death by a sister: Florene Livingston.
The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at Victory Church of God.
The funeral service will follow visitation at 2 o'clock at the church. The Rev. Jim Fillers and the Rev. Paul Ragon will officiate.
Interment will follow in St. Joseph Chapel Cemetery in Midway.
Pallbearers will be J.C. Wampler, Joe Lane, Paul Ragon, Paul Livingston, Jerry Thompson, and Larry Ryans.
Honorary pallbearers will be Judy Jones, Norman Thompson, Clyde Creech, Earl Blankenship, Kenneth Barham, Autry Johnson, Bud Orr, Wayne Lawson, Josh Baxter, Larry Peters, Ron Jones, the members of the Professional Racking and Walking Horse Trainers Association, the staff of G&W Hauling and Rigging, a special nephew: Dale Long, and the "many people he loved too numerous to mention."
Memorial contributions may be made to his wife, Sara Ailshie, 90 Darnell Road, Greeneville, TN, 37743, to help defray expenses.
Condolences may be sent to the Ailshie family online at www.doughty-stevens.com