Kathy Peters Remembered

2014, Kathy Peters was honored with the AKC Good Sportsmanship Award and recognized with an Oscar for her filmmaking. Photo courtesy of Lenise Adams


Kathy Peters Remembered

Every conversation I ever enjoyed with Kathy Peters ended with an exclamation point! Her exuberance rubbed off on me! She lifted me up and made me feel special. I adored her!

Quite surely, her longtime friend Tom Coen shares my feelings for one of our Collie world’s great contributors. Tom is President of the Quarter Century Collie Group. At the organization’s 2023 Hall of Fame ceremony, Coen opened with a tribute to Kathy.

For several decades Kathy was one of John Honig’s hard-working assistants while he was President and Secretary of the Collie Club of America. For four decades she built and maintained the CCA Film Library. She transferred old VHS films to DVD for posterity. She handled the sales and rentals of films to clubs and individuals. Over the years, she filmed numerous seminars and breeder interviews—including John and Evelyn Honig, Billy Ashenbrenner, and Judie Evans, to name just a few. She used her own money to buy filming and video equipment and paid for the rights to music that she included in her final projects. Kathy was the presenter for the Quarter Century Collie Group Hall of Fame induction of Grace Christie and Billy Ashenbrenner.

Tom Coen talking about Kathy Peters on the ceremeny
Photo by Laura DeLaurentis

She was a member of the Commemorative Collie Stamp Committee. With her close friend, Dana Rodman, an accomplished artist, they were responsible for creating the cartoons of “Doll Face” and “Shadow” to generate interest in the Collie stamp, which became a reality in 1986.

Kathy worked with Paige Elliot in making the Collie gait film. It was during this project that she met filmmaker Paul Beck. He was impressed by her enthusiasm and commitment to the Collie, and for decades after that, he provided encouragement and technical support for her projects. The CCA owes Paul a great debt of gratitude for all of his contributions. Paul writes, ‘The CCA will not see the likes of anyone else who will be able to do what she did all on her own.’ Thank You seems inadequate for Kathy. We love you and miss you.


Photos by Laura DeLaurentis


  • At the age of four, Linda's love for TV's Lassie prompted her parents, Roy and Hazel Ayers to surprise her with a Collie. Her first times entering the confirmation ring began at age six. From showing her Conrad Collies in juniors, to judging, to becoming a part of an immediate family of three AKC judges, her life has evolved around the sport of purebred dogs. As a young professional just out of the University of Georgia, Linda served on the Executive Staffs of two Georgia Governors. She moved from serving at the State Capitol to assisting the Chairman of the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. As chairman and founder of a family owned Manufacturing Corporation and real estate holding company, Linda has overseen operations, acquisitions, and dispositions of considerable business holdings for over four decades. Her diverse companies have manufactured packaged goods for many household products you likely used in your homes, interior components for the automotive industry you enjoy in your cars, and industrial chemical products used in the electric utility industry. She partnered in commercial acquisitions in Washington, D.C. on a 250 million dollar level. Linda has developed significant properties delivering hundreds of home sites in Greenville, South Carolina in conjunction with NVR/Ryan Homes in addition to apartments, an IMAX theater, commercial tracts and much more. She is the proud mother of one son, Edward P. (Todd) Turner,III of Columbia, South Carolina. After retiring from many years as District Director of the Collie Club of America, Linda served for fourteen years as AKC Delegate for the Greenville Kennel Club. She is currently President of the Carolinas Judges Study Group, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Collie Club of Georgia where she was their very first Junior Member, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Greenville Kennel Club, and a Quarter Century Member of the Collie Club of America. Her Christian faith is exhibited in her belief that, “Time is the most important gift you can share to make someone happy or to make a difference.” Mentoring athletes from professional to high school levels has been a huge passion and blessing in Linda's life. At any given time you may find her in a locker room, on the playing field, or on the court inspiring winners. To quote her, "I would rather go to a ballgame than a ball." Linda has been on board since the inception of ShowSight

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