BETTY FOLEY CUMMINS OF BEREA, RETIRED COUNTRY MUSICIAN, DIES
BEREA -- Betty Foley Cummins, a former country music performer and recording artist, died of cancer Wednesday at Humana Hospital-Lexington. She was 57.
Mrs. Cummins, who was a native of Berea and lived at 114 Locker Court, made several records in the 1950s.
Some of the songs were solos, and some were duets made with her father, the late Clyde "Red" Foley. The two made songs together including "As Far as I'm Concerned" and "A Satisfied Mind."
Mrs. Cummins was also known as a single-recording artist with Bandera Records. In the late 1950s she had a top 10 country hit called "Old Moon."
She was also a member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance and took the place of her aunt, Rosie Ledford Foley, as a member of the Coon Creek Girls.
She was a guest performer for the "Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville, Tenn., and was a guest on her father's TV show in the 1950s called "The Ozark Jubilee."
In the mid-1950s, Mrs. Cummins had a radio show on WCKY in Cincinnati called "Betty Foley Time."
She also performed in many road acts including the "Jim Reeves Show," "The Louvin Brothers,""Ernest Tubb" and the "Osborne Brothers."
Mrs. Cummins retired from the music business in 1960. Eight years later, she and her family moved to Junction City, Kan. She became an associate with her husband, Bentley, and opened five Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises.
The franchises were in Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio and West Virginia. They left the business five years ago and returned to Berea last year.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Junction City and of the Berea Chapter Order of Eastern Star.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Cummins Pingley of Nashville; two sons, Clyde Foley Cummins of Nashville, who is also a country music entertainer, and Patrick B. Cummins of Berea; one grandchild; a stepmother, Sally Foley of Hendersonville, Tenn.; three sisters; and one stepbrother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Berea Baptist Church. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Saturday and after 2 p.m. Sunday at Osborne-Wray Funeral Home, Berea. Dowell & Martin Funeral Home in Mount Vernon and Osborne-Wray Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.
Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
June 29, 1990