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Joe Bonsall Remembered in Nashville and Beyond

By meerna Jul11,2024
Joe Bonsall Remembered in Nashville and Beyond

The longtime Oak Ridge Boy band member continues to receive praise from friends and fellow artists.

Friends and fans of the late Joe Bonsall continue to pay tribute — and express their love — to the Oak Ridge Boys mainstay, who died Tuesday at the age of 76. Notables paying tribute include:

Duane Allen / The Oak Ridge Boys: “When I look at Joe Bonsall’s life, I see a life of fulfillment. The son of two military veterans, raised as a street smart guy in the inner-city neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents taught him he could be anything he wanted to be if he worked hard, told the truth, and trusted God. Joe could have done anything he put his mind to, but what impressed me most was the energy, love, and compassion he put into everything he did, and his unique gift for conveying those emotions and feelings in every performance, song, and book. Joe was “that” best friend that every person wants to have in their life.”

William Lee Golden / Oak Ridge Boys: “It’s been a week of sadness with the loss of my son, Rusty Golden, and now the loss of our brother and our partner of over 50 years, Joe Bonsall. Thankfully we have the memories and songs we sang together to get us through this. It gives me comfort to know that Joe and Rusty are together again. Our prayers are with his family.”

Richard Sterban / Oak Ridge Boys: “For many years Joe was my best friend. We knew each other long before we were members of The Oak Ridge Boys. He was a special person who was loved by all and was a true inspiration to us all. He was also the best singing partner anyone could have. He bravely battled a terrible disease for several years and was brave until the very end. There is no doubt that he is in a much better place today – AT HOME with Jesus. See you soon my dear friend.”

Oak Ridge Boys

Oak Ridge Boys, left to right: Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Joe Bonsall.

Bill Anderson: “I, along with the rest of the world, was saddened this morning to learn of the death of the immensely talented Joe Bonsall. Joe was a wonderful singer, a consummate performer and a dear friend. Not only did we share a common love of country music, but he loved baseball as much as I did and we had many friendly discussions about which team was better…his Philadelphia Phillies or my Atlanta Braves. I won’t say that any money ever changed hands, but I won’t deny it either. I will think of and miss Joe with every high note I hear and every swing of the bat that echoes across the summer sky. Rest in peace, my friend. You were truly one of a kind.”

“The world has lost a familiar and beloved voice. Heaven welcomes another tenor to the Choir. See you there, Joe.” – Dennis Quaid

Ricky Skaggs: “I knew this day would come sooner rather than later. The Oaks have had their share of sadness and pain over the past few months with the death of Dwayne’s dear wife, Nora Lee, Bill’s recent loss of his son Rusty, and now the death of our dear friend Joe. It has been a lot for all of them to bear. My prayer is that as a music community and fellow believers in Jesus, we will pray and reach out to the Oaks. The winds of change have been blowing really hard against them, but I also know that they are people of faith and will get through this. ‘For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, glad that we are forsaken in the body, and are present with the Lord.’ (2 Corinthians 5:7-8, NKJV.)”

Jeannie Seely: “This isn’t another devastating loss to our business, this is a branch off from MIGHTY OAKS. There has never been a group like them. They were a part of our lives in so many ways, sharing not only their music but their personal lives and families. Joe was a huge part of that force. His personality and smile reached out and grabbed you as much as that unique voice. Somehow I believe they are etched in our memories and will never be forgotten.”

“I have known, worked with and loved Joe Bonsall and the Oaks for almost 50 years. It is so hard to say goodbye to old friends, especially a true road warrior like Joe.” – Crystal Gayle

Lee Greenwood: “I am saddened by the loss of my friend of nearly 50 years, Joe Bonsall. For many years he was the high voice in The Oak Ridge Boys, with whom I toured almost every year of my career. Joe and I would talk on the road, sometimes before the show, sometimes after, about the crowd, the music, and who we are as Americans. My family sends prayers to the Bonsall family and The Oak Ridge Boys. We will miss you, Joe!”

John Anderson: “I was so sad to hear about Joe. He was such a wonderful singer and artist, but most of all he was a wonderful person! I will always treasure the great times we shared laughing and his words of encouragement to me at the beginning of my career. Jamie and I send our love and prayers to his family and friends during this time. We love you, Joe!”

David and Howard Bellamy, The Bellamy Brothers: “Heartbreaking news of Joe Bonsall’s passing. Joey was a true brother on the road and a great friend for many years. Deepest condolences to his family and the entire Oak Ridge Boys organization and his many fans.”

Billy Ray Cyrus: “He was an incredible talent…a friend…and a legend. The world of country music has lost a great talent…but the angels in heaven have gained an incredible voice.”

Gene Watson: “I am so sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys. What a wonderful man and artist he was. Prayers to his family, friends and the Oak Ridge Boys family.

T. Graham Brown: “We have just lost one of the greatest men in the world and one of the greatest voices in music. Joe was like a brother and made me a better man. I loved him and he loved Jesus with all his heart. He was loved and every room lit up when he walked in. Sheila and I will miss him so much. Rest in peace and free from pain my dear friend.”

“My heart is heavy with the news that we have lost Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys. He had a kindness that always made you feel welcome! My heart goes out to his family and the guys in the band who have suffered many losses in a short time. But as we mourn our loss, we can find joy in knowing that Joe is in the presence of our loving savior, Jesus Christ.” – John Berry

TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang: “Losing a longtime friend in our industry is like losing a family member. Joe was just that to Kelly and I. From the memories we made with him in the recording studio, to working with him on the road and appearing on TV shows together, we will cherish them forever. We were so grateful he joined us on our wedding day. His passing leaves a huge void in our hearts. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to his family, The Oak Ridge Boys, and his fans. See you soon, dear friend.”

By meerna

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