Tammie Jones gained her wings on Thursday, September 30, 2021, after a long and powerful battle with cancer, surrounded by her family and Pastor Mike Hewitt.
Although Tammie was known for many things, there are two areas that stand out, Equestrian and Billiards.
Tammie Jones' passing will be sorely felt by those she coached for the Stride by Stride Equestrian Team and the Ball State University Western Equestrian Club, as well as, The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), Pony Club International, 4-H and the equestrian community, at large. Her involvement as a Coach, Leader and Volunteer in these organizations positively impacted many lives, both youth and adults. She spent countless hours inspiring others to be successful equestrian riders while mentoring them in the rewards of hard work, grace, sportsmanship and sacrifice for others. Notable as a horsewoman, Tammie coached the first Western Pony Club Team to qualify for the Western National Pony Club Championships, and ultimately, the first to win the Western Championships. Tammie coached both Middle School and High School IEA teams, qualifying multiple riders for Regional and National Championships. For six years, Tammie was the head coach for Ball State University Western Equestrian Club, including leading members to the IHSA National Championships. She served numerous years as a 4-H Horse and Pony Leader and continued to devote her time and expertise for the rest of her life, volunteering for workshops and shows. Her own personal achievements include numerous awards with the Deep South Stock Horse Show Association in Baton Rouge, riding many horses along the way but most notably her beloved Morrico,as well as pro rodeos across the nation. The equestrian community has lost an amazing coach, mentor, trainer, and rider.
The billiard community also lost a great within the world of Pool. Tammie played pool with the finesse of an angel. When she was old enough to play in a pool hall in Louisiana having been introduced to it by her father and brother, where she won the first tournament she played in, and took off from there. Early in her career as a pool player, she toured with Buddy Hall and played on the Professional Women's tour. In 2012 and 2014 she was crowned US Amateur Champion and will forever be our champion. She played in VNEA and BCA National Tournaments, where she won titles in both 9 ball and 8 ball Women's Masters Singles, as well as multiple top ten finishes in Doubles, Singles and Team events. She was not only a great player but was a role model for anyone that had the privilege of playing with her or watching her play. She coached local pool teams, as well as, running tournaments and leagues locally as the co-manager of Breakers Billiards for 10 years. She and her husband, Troy, brought the APA league to Central Indiana and introduced many to the game she loved. She has been such an inspiration to the pool community in Indiana and around the country. She has especially been an inspiration to the many women pool players, that she helped over the years. We are all honored to have known Tammie.
Tammie passed away at the age of 61. She was predeceased by her parents Warren Wesley, Sr. and Lessie Taylor Wesley. She is survived by her adoring husband, Troy, and her loving daughter, Allison Taylor Dillon and son-in-law Joshua Dillon. Also survived by her brother, Warren (JuJu) Wesley, Jr. (Violet "Cookie" Wesley), sisters Darlene (CeCe) Wesley Schenk (Don Schenk); Denise (Sugar) Wesley; Jan Wesley McDonald (Jerry McDonald) as well as numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Please join the family for a memorial of life celebration at the family home on October 30th between the hours of 2:00 p - 5:00 p. If you need direction's please contact a family member.
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