Walking On Volume 4, Issue 6, June 2017 - Page 12

Remembering Bill Harlin William Wirt “Bill” Harlin, Jr., a lifelong ad- vocate for the Tennessee Walking Horse, passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 14. He was 92. Bill was the oldest of four children to the late William Wirt Harlin, Sr., and Luella Leek. He was married to wife Barba- ra Ann Nunnally for 63 years before her passing in November of 2010. The couple raised three children, sons William W. “Wirt” III and Clayton T. “Clay, Sr., and daughter, Mary Camille. The Harlin family pur- chased the 200-acre Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennesse in 1937 and in less than a decade it was, arguably, the most famous Tennessee Walking Horse breeding farm in the world. That distinction was solidified in 1945 when Midnight Sun became the first stallion to win the title of World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse. He repeated the feat in 1946 and went on to become the breed’s most successful breeding stallion. He was “The Horse of the Century.” Bill was committed to the betterment of the Tennessee Walking Horse, a commitment he inherited from his father. He was a past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association, a member of the Tennessee Horse Council, and a member of the National Horse Council. In 2011, he was presented with a Distinguished Service Award from the National Pedigreed Livestock Council. Away from his beloved Tennessee Walking Horses, Bill was a Lifetime Trustee of Battle Ground Academy and Director Emeritus of Franklin Synergy Bank. He was also an active member of Brentwood Hills Church of Christ and The Son Seekers Sunday School Class. In addition to his wife, Barbara, he was predeceased by his son William W. “Wirt” III and brothers Tom, Alex, and Bob. He is survived by his children, Camille and Clay; grandchildren Bill Harlin, Anna Beck, Tom Harlin, Talbot Harlin, Mary Camille Hickerson, Harlin Hicker- son, Meredith Harlin Lomasney, and eight great grandchildren. 12 • Walking On