Billy Joe Foster passes

Billy Joe FosterWe have learned that Billy Joe Foster, noted Oklahoma picker, passed away today at 51 years of age.

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Foster played fiddle with Bill Monroe, bass with Country Gazette, and several instruments with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

He was also the banjo player with a band called Special Edition in the 1980s, which featured future country star Joe Diffie, plus Craig and Terry Fletcher.

Billy Joe had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few years ago, but the limited information we have at this time indicates he finally succumbed to pneumonia.

Services are scheduled for this Saturday (1/26) at the New Hope Church in Duncan, OK.

Rest in peace, Billy Joe Foster.

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  • Rich Freeze

    I would’ve liked to have knoewn him . He’s in Musical Heaven now. Keep the Angles picken Billy.
    Rich Freeze

  • Uncle Billy Dunbar

    R.I.P Billy Joe

  • Uncle Billy Dunbar

    Great Bluegrass Picker’s never die they just move up to the Celestial Bluegrass Band in the sky.

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  • Erica Sabedra

    Billy Joe and I became friends a couple years ago after I was diagnosed with MS. We also had a love for music. Talking to him and going over to his house for pickens’ will always be one of my fondest memories. He was a great friend, mentor, and loved God dearly. rip Billy

  • darlene elston

    Billy Joe was my cousin here in Duncan, so I got to enjoy his playing for years. He would play at are family reunions, we always enjoyed that. He was a very sweet person. I have many pictures to remember him by. He had a very nice funeral, the flowers were beautiful, and the music he would have loved. RIP Billy