RIP Michael DeFosche, You Will Be Missed

Michael Defosche at WPA Day – 6 October 2018
photo by Lauren May

Michael DeFosche, a familiar face at WPA Day every year, passed away on October 18, 2018. He was an amazing musician, and a man of many talents. He will be missed.

Michael DeFosche

Michael DeFosche died suddenly at his home in Whitleyville,
TN. He was 68 years old.

Michael  had  a  love  of  music, stemming  back  to  his early
teens, loving  everything  from  rock and roll  to  bluegrass.   His
later  years  brought  him  to  the  Opry and his love for old time
fiddle blossomed.

In the 80’s, he played fiddle and combined his  vocal  talents
in a group called The Stillhouse Reelers. He  later  played  back
up musician on stage at the Grand Ole Opry  to  folks  like  Bob
Douglas.

He loved living simply, out in “the  holler”, in  the  backwoods
of  Whitleyville. He loved fly-fishing, and  because  of  his  catch
and release belief, got to know most of the fish  who  resided  in
his stream!

He became a member of the Audubon Society, as well  as  a
falconer and committed himself to  the rescue and rehabilitation
of  many  birds  of  prey. His talents  included  not  only  playing
guitar, banjo, and fiddle, but also restoring and building them.

He  was  predeceased  by  his  parents:  Alfred  and  Rachel
DeFosche.

Survivors   include   a   Brother:  Alfred  DeFosche  and  wife
Sharon,  of  Cookeville,  TN; a  Sister: Cheryl DeFosche Cox  of
Clinton,  CT;   and   Nieces:  Meadow   DeFosche   Christ    and
husband David,  of  NC, and Rachel Cox Sackett  and  husband
Gregory, of CT.

Memorial  services  will  be  held  on  Sunday,  November  4,
2018, at 2 P.M. in the chapel of Anderson – Upper  Cumberland
Funeral Home in Gainesboro, TN.

© 2018  Anderson – Upper Cumberland Funeral Home

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About Greg Tomerlin

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