APRIL 13, 1933-JULY 11, 2011
Paul Lloyd Babington, 78, of Union Bridge, Md., died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Born April 13, 1933, in Myersville, Md., he was the son of the late Lloyd E. Babington and Regina Flook Babington.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Lou Evans Babington.
He started showing quarter horses in the early 1960s, having trained and made many of the American Quarter Horse Association champions. In 1975 he traveled the United States with a horse named Bo James, together winning the award for best Reserve High Point Junior Western Pleasure Horse in the nation. He then started Babington Paving Co., which operated for many years. He was a well-known breeder and trainer of quarter horses and owner of Texas Longhorns, managing numerous longhorn auctions and horse auctions throughout the East Coast.
He was a life member of the Maryland Quarter Horse Association and a past president in 1984; life member of the International Texas Longhorn Association; and a member of Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America, and the Longhorn Marketing Alliance. He enjoyed traveling and auctions, and his beautiful smile will always be remembered.
Besides his wife, he is survived by daughters, Sandra Low of Gold Bar, Wash., Vicky Lynn Babington and friend, Steve Hockenberry, and Cheri Lee Thompson and husband, Jeffery, all of Union Bridge; brothers, Robert Babington of Keedysville, David Babington and wife, Mary, of Hagerstown, and William Babington of Sharpsburg; sister, Marie Gobleck and husband, Mark, of Middletown, Md.; granddaughters, Tammy Lee Slifer and husband, Kevin, of New Market, Md., and Tonya McHale and husband, Eddie, of Salisbury, Md.; great-granddaughters, Taryn Leigh Slifer and Kathryn Rose McHale; devoted friends, Jay and Suzi Wachter of Keymar, Md., and Tyson Leonard of Galax, Va. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, July 17, 2011, at 3 p.m. at the Fletcher Funeral Home, 254 E. Main St., Westminster, Md. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of service. Please wear casual clothes.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016; to American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandra, VA 22311; or to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be offered at www.fletcherfuneralhome.net.