Annual Walking Horse Show to honor Zeke Tettleton
This Friday and Saturday the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce will present its 20th annual Tennessee Walking Horse Show.
The event, which takes place at the D’Arbonne Range Riders’ Arena, will honor retired Farmerville banker Zeke Tettleton, one of the first financial supporters of the show and an avid walking horse enthusiast.
The event begins at 7 p.m. each evening.
“On hot July nights of this two-day event the crowd could always see Mr. Zeke and Mrs. Betty in the grandstands till shows end,’’ said event Chairman Jayne Smith-Green.
Tettleton graduated from Farmerville High School in 1950 and earned a B.S. degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1954.
He then made his way to LSU to complete a Master’s Degree in 1955. Tettleton served in the United States Army for two years and completed his tour of duty in Etain, France. He returned to Farmerville to engage in private business for eight years.
On Nov. 1, 1964 Tettleton joined The Farmerville Bank (First United Bank). Serving the institution in many capacities, he was elected president in June of 1990 by the board of directors.
In December of 2005, First United Bank merged with Community Trust Bank and Tettleton retired the following June, 2006.
Always by his side, is his beautiful bride, Mrs. Betty Jo Giles Tettleton. They have one son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Tory of Farmerville, and one grandson, Parker, of Oxford, Miss.
Active for many years in various civic and community organizations, Tettleton was involved with the Farmerville Lion’s Club, the Union Parish Chamber, the Farmerville Jaycees, the Union Economic Development Corporation, and the Northeast Chapter of the Bank Administration Institute.
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