Grand Marshal for 2018 Parade

Dee Cee Neeley, 2018 Grand Marshall after 32 years with Bridle & Saddle Club IMG_5505
Longtime Mule Day parade director and volunteer Dee Cee Neeley was chosen to serve as grand marshall of the 2018 Mule Day Parade.
Neeley coordinated the parade in downtown Columbia for more than 20 years.  But it had been years since he had actually ridden in the parade.
“I have been the person picking the grand marshal for 20-something years,” Neeley said.  Neeley knows every inch of the traditional, 1.7-mile parade route.  He sweated the details for nearly two decades before turning it over to new parade coordinator Mandy Mills.
His dedication was rewarded with the grand marshal’s honor.  Grand marshalls in the past have included Gov. Bill Haslam and former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt.
Neeley has been generous in volunteering his time to Mule Day and at least a dozen other activities.   He has been a member of the Columbia Lodge #31 since 1958.  He has been a member of the Maury County Walking Horse Association for more than 50 years.  He is a member of Graymere Church of Christ and a charter member of Columbia Sponge Credit Union.  The former chairman and co-chairman of Mule Day joined the Bridle and Saddle Club in 1986.

Frank Fite Family – Honorary Grand Marshall for 2018
The Mule Day Committee lost one of our long time members with the passing of Mr. Frank Fite,FiteFamily Jr. during October of 2016, at the ripe young age of 92. He continued to attend our meetings up until two months before his passing. He had been a member of the Club, and the Mule Day Committee since the 1970′s. He and his wife Martha had been in charge of the Square Dance since its beginning. They are credited with its success, for all these years. He loved Bluegrass Music and was an excellent “Caller” of the Square Dances, and was in high demand throughout the years for this talent.
As a member of the Bridle and Saddle Club in the 1970′s, he was involved in the re-birth of Mule Day in 1974 and officially took the reins in 1977 as Director for the Saturday night event. He played guitar and sang and also called the dance, up until 2015.
Frank was inducted into the Mule Day Hall of Fame in 2004 for all of his hard work and dedication for thirty-eight years of service.
Frank and his wife Martha were married in 1972 and have three children: Cheryl Fite Kulpa, Frann Mabry and John Fite III. Grandchildren are as follows: Blair and Briar Mabry, Lucy Fite, Frank Fite IV, Rose Fite and Ruby Fite.

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