Condolences to Ann McDaniel Family!

Ann (Athey) McDaniel, 75, of Charlottesville, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014. She was born Nov. 8, 1938, the daughter of Tom and Ruth Athey. She graduated from Charlottesville High School in 1956 and attended Ball State University. She soon married James W. McDaniel.

Ann was a member of the Nameless Creek Christian Church and played organ and the piano each Sunday morning. She was a 4-H leader in Blue River Township. Ann ran for the Hancock County Clerk of the Courts and served 2 terms as the Clerk. Also, she ran for the County Treasurer and served 2 terms in that office. She belonged to the Sigma Beta Sorority, a charitable organization, and served in all the offices. She was a member of the American Woman’s Association, the Hancock County Republican Party, and Hancock County Sheep Producers. Ann and Jim served many years in the Sheep Barn at the Indiana State Fair.

Ann is survived by four children, Robert W. (Donna) McDaniel of Charlottesville, Judi L. (Mike) Reed of Cambridge City, Lori A. Hayden of New Palestine and Larry A. (Dixie) McDaniel of Greenfield; grandchildren, Sam McDaniel (Katie List) of Charlottesville, Mitchell McDaniel of McCordsville, Matt Hayden of New Palestine, Jalana (Steven) Stonerock of Lafayette, Clay (Maci) Reed of Terre Haute and Kyle Reed, of Cambridge City and great- grandson, James McDaniel; sister, Joan (Roger) Mast of Carroll, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James W. McDaniel, whom she married Jan. 18, 1958, at the Christian Church in Charlottesville.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory in Greenfield. Funeral services will follow immediately at 2 p.m. at the mortuary. Dr. Jim Carcia will officiate. Burial will be at Six Mile Cemetery in Charlottesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hancock County Sheep Producers, c/o Duane Parker, 7638 N. SR 9, Fortville, IN 46040 for 4-H Scholarships or to Nameless Creek Christian Church, 3856 800 E., Greenfield, IN 46140.

Condolences to Blome Family

We are saddened to hear of the untimely passing of longtime American Oxford Sheep Association secretary Mary Blome who was fatally injured in an automobile accident this morning.  She will be missed by everyone who knew her and many who didn’t.  Harry Blome was also in the vehicle and is hospitalized but recovering.  Please keep Harry and the Blome family in your prayers!

Update: Funeral services are pending at McClure Funeral Home, 302 West Poplar Street, Taylorville, Illinois (



David Trotter – New AOSA Secretary 12/01/12


After more than 20 years of leading the American Oxford Sheep Association (AOSA), Mary Blome of Stonington, IL will retire as the Association’s Executive Secretary on November 30, 2012. Mary has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Oxford breed lived-up to its motto of “Truly the World’s Best”. Mary has been responsible for helping to develop many of today’s sheep industry leaders through the experience they gained while serving on the AOSA Board of Directors. Mary has also been a long-time supporter of sheep related youth activities and helped with early establishment of the All-American Junior Show, the AOSA Ewe Lamb Futurity program and the National Junior Oxford Association to name just a few. Mary and her husband Harry have traveled all over the U.S. promoting Oxford Sheep at numerous state fairs for many years.

On December 1, 2012, David Trotter  of Indiana will succeed Mary as the Association’s Executive Secretary. Trotter is a familiar face (or perhaps a familiar voice) in the sheep industry. He has served as the announcer of the sheep shows at the North American International Livestock Expo, the All American Junior Show, and the Kentucky State Fair for many years. David has also served the sheep industry with positions on the executive boards of both the American Sheep Industry (ASI) Association and the American Lamb Board. David and his family also operate a small farm flock of 30 ewes.

On December 1, 2012 correspondence to the AOSA should be directed to the new mailing address of:  9305 Zollman Road, Marysville, Indiana  47141 / phone/fax: 812-256-3478 / email:  The Association’s website address will remain at

The Board of Directors of the American Oxford Sheep Association gratefully express their sincere gratitude to Mary Blome for her many years of dedicated service and friendship to the breed and they welcome David Trotter as the Association’s new Executive Secretary.

**On and after December 1, 2012, all AOSA communications should be directed to:


David Trotter, Secretary

9305 Zollman Road

Marysville, Indiana  47141

Telephone/Fax:  812-256-3478


Congratulations to Brock Holmes!

Brock Holmes
2012 Henry Co. Fair Champion Oxford Ewe
Apple 12-28

Congratulations to Brock Holmes of Markleville, Indiana for his 2012 Henry County 4-H Fair Champion Oxford Ewe — Apple 12-28, a February ewe lamb purchased from Apple Oxfords.  Brock was also Champion First Year Showman.  Great job!!!

New AOSA Director for District 6

Congratulations to Ed Bowman of Gray, Tennessee, who was elected as the new AOSA Director representing District 6 which serves the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.  My final term in the position ended at the June 22, 2012 AOSA annual meeting and I wish Ed and the board good luck moving forward.