Category: Obituary

Ramona Jones passes

| November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Multiple sources in Nashville are reporting the death of Ramona Jones, old time fiddler, vocalist, traditional country music entertainer, and wife of the late Grandpa Jones. She was 91 years of age. Born Ramona Riggins in Van Buren, Indiana in 1924, she was part of the […]


Mike Kropp passes

| November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mike Kropp, life-long banjo player and cherished friend of the banjo and bluegrass community in the northeastern United States, died yesterday (11/10) in a hospital near his home in Rhode Island. He was 70 years old, and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. It was actually pneumonia that […]


Bill Keith passes

| October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bill Keith, among the very few three-finger banjo players to discernibly widen the scope of the instrument in bluegrass music since Earl Scruggs, has died at the age of 75. He had been suffering of late from the effects of a cancer that had sapped […]


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 […]