Category: Obituary

Joe Dobbs passes

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Old time music lovers in the Charleston/Huntington, WV region are mourning the loss of Joe Dobbs, a prominent fiddler, radio host, businessman, and music personality who had made St. Albans his home some years ago. Dobbs passed away on Monday (9/21) after a brief bout […]


Sharon Bennett passes

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass lovers in Washington State are mourning the loss of one of their own, Marjorie Sharon Bennett, who passed away on August 6. She was 74 years of age. Sharon was a co-founder of the Washington Bluegrass Association, where she remained as a lifetime member since […]


Sue Cunningham passes

| September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Susan E. Cunningham, noted as a fiddler and festival organizer in the bluegrass world, and as a rocket scientist in the world of aeronautical engineering, died earlier this month at 57. She had been fighting against lung cancer this past five years. Over her life, […]


Skip Ogden passes

| September 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Charles Ogden, of Wilmington, NC, known to friends as both Charlie and Skip, died on September 5 in a Wilmington area hospice center. He had been diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer earlier this summer, which had also spread to his lungs, and it progressed […]


Johnny Montgomery passes

| September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Johnny Thelbert Montgomery, bass player with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, passed away on September 4, 2015, in Watertown (part of Lebanon), Tennessee. He was 87 years old. Montgomery was the eldest boy of 16 children. Music was his first love and he played the […]


Billy Constable passes

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Billy Constable, a well-loved and respected bluegrass musician in western North Carolina, died over this past weekend after a long struggle with brain cancer. Though born in New York, Constable was raised in the Appalachian region of Avery County and discovered bluegrass when his mom married […]


Thurman Pugh passes 

| August 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Charles Thurman Pugh of Galax, Virginia, bass player with the Mountain Ramblers, passed away in the Grayson Nursing and Rehab Center, Independence, Virginia, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was 80 years old. The Mountain Ramblers is a name synonymous with all that is good […]


Vince Combs passes

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Vince Combs, a near-legendary Monroe-style mandolinist from Kentucky, has passed away after a four year struggle with bone marrow cancer. He was 81 years of age, and died on Saturday night (7/25). Though born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, his life was divided between his work for General […]


Patsy Stoneman passes

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Patsy Stoneman, one of the last remaining members of the famous Stoneman Family who performed together through much of the 20th century, has died. She was 90 years of age. When The Stonemans were in their hey day in the 1960s, Patsy was easily recognizable with […]


Tony Collins passes

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tony Collins, well-known guitarist in the Bristol, TN area, died Saturday morning (7/18). He had been hospitalized since the prior Sunday after suffering a massive heart attack at home. He was 54 years of age. Collins was a popular figure in Bristol, not only for his remarkable flatpicking skills, […]