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 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
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
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
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
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