Saddlebred world bids sad farewell to Jimmie Hite
James S. “Jimmie” Hite, 81 of New Melle, Missouri, died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Arnold Funeral Home with Rev. Robert H. Marty officiating. Visitation is from 12 noon until service time Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park.
Jimmie was born Jan. 12, 1930 in Audrain County, Missouri, the son of Glen T. and Marie (Gilmore) Hite Sr.
Jimmie was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as Corporal in the Korean War. He was Presbyterian by faith and was a trainer of American Saddlebred horses all his life starting at the Old Missouri Stables in St Louis Missouri in 1949 at 19 years of age. After serving his country in the Korean War, he returned to Missouri Stables until the early 1960’s when he opened his own stable “Breezy Point” in Chesterfield Missouri. In 1989 he purchased property in New Melle and in 1991 built “Jimmie Hite Stables”, which he owned and operated until the present.
Jimmie was a member of the Missouri Horse Show Association, the American Saddlebred Association, the United Professional Horseman Association, the United States Equestrian Association, and the New Melle Chamber of Commerce.
Jimmie earned many awards during his 62 years in the horse business. His awards include: 1985 – St Louis National Charity Horse Show Hall of Fame 1991 – Honored as one of the “8 Missouri Legends” at the American Royal Concert of Champions 1997 – Missouri State Horse Show Association “Horse Trainer of the Year” 2003 – Missouri State Fair “Hall of Fame” for 50 years of showing at the Missouri State Fair 2003 – Missouri Horse Show Association “President Award”
Survivors include one sister, Betty Turner and husband, Adam of Mexico; one niece, Deb Turner of Manchester; one nephew, Dan Turner of Redding, Ca.; and good friends and employees, Max Ciamopli and Tina Glosemeyer.
Mr. Hite was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Glen T. Hite Jr.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Saddlebred Museum or the donor’s choice, c/o Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.