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“I did not know Mr. Groover. I salvaged a picture of him riding Ace's Sensation from my grandmother's house when she died. A picture I admired and...Read More »
1 of 51 | Posted by: Kacey Cox - Admirer

“I did not know Mr. Groover. I salvaged a picture of him riding Ace's Sensation from my grandmother's house when she died. A picture I admired and...Read More »
2 of 51 | Posted by: Kacey Cox - LaFayette, AL

“nancy so sorry about wink i found a picture of on wink dad's horse in etowah tn at miller's stable i loved my time working for him may god bless...Read More »
3 of 51 | Posted by: fred chambers - TN

“My condolences to the family. Wink will surely be missed by the Walking Horse owners here in Northwest Arkansas. ”
4 of 51 | Posted by: April Crawford - Rogers, AR

“Wink was a true friend to my father and our family. He will be missed. Nancy, what a world of wonderful memories you must have. ”
5 of 51 | Posted by: Richard Hickey - Franklin, TN

“Nancy: I will truly miss Wink. He was my buddy. I've always admired him greatly. I am also very appreciative of the way he mentored Dalia. She...Read More »
6 of 51 | Posted by: Kenny Smith - Manchester, KY

“Nancy--We are sorry for your loss. We had many great times showing horses with you and Wink. The memories will forever be with us. Thank you for...Read More »
7 of 51 | Posted by: Diane & Jack Ream - York, PA

“We are saddened to hear of your loss. We so appreciate his contributions to the Walking Horse industry and to each of us. Take care, Frank Harbin +...Read More »
8 of 51 | Posted by: Frank Harbin - Oakland, CA

“Dearest Nancy and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. When I heard the news I thought of Wink's love for Sundrop cake. I know he will be missed by...Read More »
9 of 51 | Posted by: Amy Warf Hazelwood - Lewisburg, TN

“Wink enjoyed many, many great achievements in his lifetime, but his greatest choice was to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, led in a...Read More »
10 of 51 | Posted by: David & Ethel Welsh - TN

“I've known Wink all of my life and I'm 51 years old. He and my father, David Welsh of Murfreesboro, were good friends in the Walking Horse business...Read More »
11 of 51 | Posted by: Mark Welsh - Shelbyville, TN

“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. ”
12 of 51 | Posted by: Jeanne and Mary Morrison

“I will always have great memories of Wink. The time he and Ronnie Spears were on the show will for ever be one of my favorites. Wink you will be...Read More »
13 of 51 | Posted by: Jerry W. Harris - Tullahoma, TN

“I was very fortunate to have known Wink when I was a teenager from Knoxville. Just learning to show horses, I loved watching him in the ring. I...Read More »
14 of 51 | Posted by: Debby Pollard Koger - Jasper, TN

“First knew Wink when he lived & worked in Etowah TN. Never saw anyone that could ride & show like Wink. ”
15 of 51 | Posted by: Bobby & Joyce Wilson Robison - TN

“Nancy, We are so sorry to hear of the loss or your husband. We pray that God will cradle you,comfort you and give you peace in this time of...Read More »
16 of 51 | Posted by: Shirley and Charles McCoy - Waco, TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy and Winky and all of your family. Saw the obit in the newspaper this morning. Glenda Robinson ”
17 of 51 | Posted by: Glenda Robinson - Waco, TX

“Nancy, Many happy memories have been made knowing you and Wink. We will miss his many horse stories and fond recolections of days past. Our...Read More »
18 of 51 | Posted by: Jeff and Debbie Givens - TN

“Nancy, Winky and family, our sincere prayers are with you. Wink was such a special person to us over the years and a mentor to so many. He will be...Read More »
19 of 51 | Posted by: Burl & Marolyn Kail - Alamo, TN

“Nancy, I was so saddened to learn of Wink's death. You and Wink always had a smile on your faces and a kind word no matter who you were talking to....Read More »
20 of 51 | Posted by: Char Johnson - Murfreesboro, TN

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. What a horrible disease but I know Wink was a fighter. I pray for the Family. Nancy and Winky, I will never...Read More »
21 of 51 | Posted by: Joan Hildreth - Minor Hill, TN

“SO SORRY ABOUT MR. WINK MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE WHOLE FAMIALY. ”
22 of 51 | Posted by: RICK OVERCAST - SHELBYVILLE, TN

“Nancy: This is difficult for me to write. I called Celie last night and told her about Wink's passing. The two of you were so special to us during...Read More »
23 of 51 | Posted by: Don and Celie Gandy - Fort Worth, TX

“Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed Wink and his knowledge of the Walking horse industry. He was a great trainer, and spokesman for...Read More »
24 of 51 | Posted by: Mike Carpenter - Franklin, TN

“Nancy, Winky, Cindy, Dan and family words cannot express the impression that Wink made on this industry and the people that had the privilege of...Read More »
25 of 51 | Posted by: Dan Newman - Goodlettsville, TN

“Sincere Sympathy in your loss. Wink was a special friend to the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce and gave of his talents to promote and participate...Read More »
26 of 51 | Posted by: UNION PARISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - LA

“Nancy, I remember meeting Wink at the meeting for the owners in North Carolina a couple of years back, a man passionate about our walking horse; our...Read More »
27 of 51 | Posted by: Gail Bayer - Hagerstown, MD

“I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. Delaine ”
28 of 51 | Posted by: Delaine Freeman Smith - Lebanon, TN

“Nancy and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jordan, Amy and I have so many wonderful memories of the great times and wonderful stories we...Read More »
29 of 51 | Posted by: John and Amy Eldridge - TN

“Nancy and Family, We are saddened by the loss of Wink. Our thoughts are with you all. Our love to you and your family. ”
30 of 51 | Posted by: Jada and John Allan Callaway - TN

“We had so much respect for you Wink as a great horseman,but after getting to know you we had the same respect for you as a man.You will be missed...Read More »
31 of 51 | Posted by: Derek Bonner - Mooresboro, NC

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Groover family. Wink was such an incredible man and will be greatly missed. Stephanie Gordon ”
32 of 51 | Posted by: stephanie gordon - TN

“We have so many fond memories of time spent with Wink over the years. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
33 of 51 | Posted by: Ronald & Terri Mosley - NC

“We extend our sympathy to the entire Groover family. May God comfort and guide you. ”
34 of 51 | Posted by: John and Joann Thomes - Wartrace, TN

“We treasure many fond memories of Wink. Sending our prayers with love. Jeanine & Jim Gullett ”
35 of 51 | Posted by: Jim & Jeanine Gullett - Duluth, TN

“Nancy, Winky, Cindy, and Dan. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I was blessed to have had Wink as a trainer and...Read More »
36 of 51 | Posted by: Kathy Fisher Shaw - OH

“Nancy, We are so very sorry for your loss. Wink was such a special person and was very kind to us...always there to give help when in need. ...Read More »
37 of 51 | Posted by: Kay and Jim Green - Meridian, MS

“WINK WAS THE GREATEST TRAINER I HAVE HAD THE PRIVELEDGE OF KNOWING. I HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF HIM AND HIS FAMILY. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THEM NOW AND...Read More »
38 of 51 | Posted by: TAMMY GALLAGHER SMITH - monroe, NC

“Our Thoughts and Prayers for the Groover Family - he was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed... The Rockhold Family - Naples and...Read More »
39 of 51 | Posted by: Heidi Rockhold - Murfreesboro, TN

“Nancy and family, You are in my prayers during this difficult time of your life. Nancy, I can't believe how the time has flown by since the good...Read More »
40 of 51 | Posted by: Peter Gavin - Batesville, AR

“Nancy, Winky, Dan, and Cindy and family....My prayer is that our Lord wrap you in His loving, warm arms and give you the strength and peace you need...Read More »
41 of 51 | Posted by: Pat Campbell - Benbrook, TX

“Words will never express the love and admiration I have for you and Wink. Both of you have enriched my life beyond measure. I know Wink is in a...Read More »
42 of 51 | Posted by: Margo Urad - Rockwall, TX

“Wink was a great friend and mentor to Judy and me. We always looked forward to seeing him and Nancy. He impacted us through friendship and through a...Read More »
43 of 51 | Posted by: tom Gould - TX

“my condolences to the entire wink groover family as he was legend in our industry nad in our daily lives as he over came many issues that others...Read More »
44 of 51 | Posted by: ron curkendall - murfreesboro, NC

“Our thoughts are prayers go out to the Groover family. ”
45 of 51 | Posted by: Hess Family - Harrisonburg, VA

“Nancy our prayers are with you, Mr. Wink was a great man and friend to everyone. He will be missed.Let us know if we can do anything. ”
46 of 51 | Posted by: Scotty and Rhonda Aulds - LA

“Nancy - you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Wink was always there with a smile and a word of encouragement. He will be greatly...Read More »
47 of 51 | Posted by: Elaine & Dave Kapinos - Hempstead, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the Groover family. Wink will be missed by all his friends and family. ”
48 of 51 | Posted by: Connie Waldo - Naples, FL

“My love, thoughts, & prayers are with you Nancy, Winky, Dan, Cindy & other family members. It was truly my blessing to know Wink & have him as a...Read More »
49 of 51 | Posted by: Ty Irby - Mobile, AL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and all of the family. Wink was more than a friend to us. Herbert and Jill Derickson ”
50 of 51 | Posted by: Herbert and Jill Derickson - TN

“Nancy, Winky and the entire family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. It was a great pleasure to have had the opportunity to know and work...Read More »
51 of 51 | Posted by: Bill Hawks - Washington, DC


Wink Groover September 27, 1935 - April 11, 2010 Wink Groover of Longview, Texas, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2010. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 14, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Brad St. Romain officiating. Wink was born September 27, 1935, in Miami, Florida. His passion was Tennessee Walking Horses. For the past 56 years he was involved in all aspects of that breed of horses, including raising, training, judging and showing. He was National Walking Horse Trainer of the Year in 1970 and 1992. He also served as president of the W.H.T.A. in 1970 and 2007. He and his wife, Nancy, were married for 25 years. As best friends, their lives were centered around the horses and each other. He is survived by his wife, Nancy McNamara Groover; son, Winky Groover of Shelbyville, TN; daughter, Cindy Walker or Chattanooga, TN; step-son, John Carter Hicks of Waco; and two grandsons, Dan Groover and Michael Walker. Pallbearers are Bill Dietz, Johnny Griffis, David Harwell, John McNamara, Mike McNamara and Parnell McNamara. Memorials may be made to Beacon Hospice at Margaret's House, 5016 Gilmer Rd., Longview, TX 75608. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.wilkirsonhatchbailey.com.