RENFRO VALLEY PERFORMER FOLEY DIES
Clyde Benjamin Foley, a guitarist who had performed at Renfro Valley and was a member of a family of well-known musicians, died of lung cancer Sunday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville. He was 50 and lived at 5260 Chenault Ridge Road in Garrard County.
Mr. Foley had performed on an album called Songs for the Soul on the Epic Records label with his famous uncle, the late Red Foley. Mr. Foley also performed on a Renfro Valley album titled Clyde Foley: Family Tradition. Over the years, he was a regular on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance and Renfro Valley Jamboree and had performed with several bands nationwide.
His mother, the late Rosie Ledford Foley, was one of the original Coon Creek Girls musical group. Her sister, the late Lily May Ledford, also was an original Coon Creek Girl and the mother of J.P. Pennington, a former member of the rock band Exile.
Mr. Foley's father, the late Cotton Foley, was one of the original owners of Renfro Valley. Cotton Foley's brother, Red, was the father of Shirley Boone, wife of singer Pat Boone.
Clyde Benjamin Foley was a Berea native, a graduate of Berea High School and a member of Berea Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Carr Foley; a son, Benny Foley of Florence; a stepson, Joe Burnside of Texas; two daughters, Jorene Gadberry of Danville and Robin Emerson of Broken Arrow, Okla.; a brother; a sister; and four grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Stith Funeral Home in Danville. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
March 22, 1994