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Jim Allred

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Ken Edwards, Sep 29, 2021.

  1. Ken Edwards

    Ken Edwards Taxidermy.Net Administrator Staff Member

    Jim Allred, owner of Jim Allred Taxidermy Supply in Saluda, North Carolina passed away on September 28, 2021. Jim was a longtime fixture at taxidermy competitions throughout the country for many decades and was universally regarded as a friend to all.
  2. Jerry Huffaker

    Jerry Huffaker Well-Known Member

    Very sad to hear this, Jim was a great man, Always enjoyed seeing him at the shows
    Prayers and condolences to the family
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  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Wow , I’m so sorry to hear this . He was a huge inspiration to a lot of taxidermist thru the years . R.I.P JIM , you will surely be missed.
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  4. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Condolences to his family. He was a great guy, and was extremely talented. I've spent a lot of time at conventions watching him do magic with his "rub on" colors. He will truly be missed.
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  5. RDA

    RDA Well-Known Member

    GodSpeed to Jim.. He was a force in and for our industry and will be missed greatly..
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  6. Tnrandy

    Tnrandy Active Member

    Sorry to hear this.
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  7. Steve Rotramel

    Steve Rotramel We got some radical rebels in this county!

    What terrible news.

    I was 27 (35 years ago) when I answered an ad in the Hendersonville newspaper for a taxidermy helper. I called the number and asked if the job was still open. Jim just laughed and said “son I just put the ad in yesterday! Come on down to the shop.”

    When I got there he put a deer head form up on the mounting stand and set the right eye with critter clay. He then handed me a glass eye and a ball of clay and said “now make the other one look like this one. And don’t take no hour.”

    I’m not exaggerating at all to say that I knew nothing and could do nothing when we met. I had been in government service all my life so far. I owe him so much. The foundation for everything I’ve done since was learned from Jim in that shop.

    He was a huge talent, a creative innovator, and a positive, powerful force in the taxidermy industry.

    We will greatly miss him.
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  8. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    Jim was a good friend
    He will be missed dearly
    GOD speed
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  9. BowDeadly

    BowDeadly "LIFE IS GREAT" It's better with a bow

    Jim sounds like a good man, how old was he? I have bought from him on several occasions.
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  10. Steve Rotramel

    Steve Rotramel We got some radical rebels in this county!

    I think he was early 70s. COVID and heart attack.
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  11. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    Oh no! Jim was a great down to Earth guy. I met him several times at his annual open house and when I drove down to pick up my supplies to save on shipping. Fantastic guy that I would consider a friend even though I barely knew him. Very kind and always willing to share anything that would help another. We will miss him. RIP Jim. My deepest and sincerest condolences to his family.
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  12. D.Price

    D.Price Well-Known Member

    We lost a good one yesterday. Prayers to Ellen and family!

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  13. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    Oh man ... we lost a real true gentleman. I am so saddened to learn of this. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Jim's entire family. Jim was a great guy ... always eager to meet and greet you when you approached him at his booth, no matter where it was. Always had a smile as big as the outdoors. He will be missed. Rest in Peace, Jim ...
  14. rogerswildlife

    rogerswildlife Rogers Wildlife Taxidermy Tommy Rogers

    Jim was a big supporter of our show and so many others over the years. It seemed he never forgot a face after he met you and always had a big smile on his face . He will be greatly missed by us all . Prayers to his wife and family. RIP Jim
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  15. Philip Blackman

    Philip Blackman New Member

    This is very sad news. Such a good person, that will be missed. Prays for the family.
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  16. Gray Ghost Safaris

    Gray Ghost Safaris Hunting Consultant

    My condolences to Jim's family, may he rest in peace. Another icon in the industry has left us.
  17. Threerivers

    Threerivers Member

    I'm so very sorry to hear this horrific news, my condolences go out to his family! The taxidermy industry will forever miss his positive presence!!
  18. Rest in Peace my friend.
    Many dont know but Jim was a member of Angel wings for several years. This group would fly transplant organs to where they needed to at no charge.

    I still have some letters from Desert Storm, where Jim and I corresponded.

    Jim will be missed by all that knew him
    Condolences to the family.
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  19. tomdes

    tomdes Me my dear and Fall BAZZ!!!

    Condolences to his family, very sad to hear this news.
  20. Tom McNeal

    Tom McNeal Member

    Rest in peace old friend! And may perpetual light shine upon you.

    Our condolences to Jim's family and many
    Tom & Gail McNeal
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