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

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

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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Friends Group Meeting – Saturday, 10 November 2018 @ 10 AM

Greetings Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park & Guests,

meetingThe Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park meets bimonthly and our next meeting is Saturday morning, 10 November 2018 at 10:00 AM in WPA Cabin 13 at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. We will have officer elections and make plans for 2019.

If you love our Cedar Forest and want to help make it even better for current and future generations, please join us on Saturday, November 10.

Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park

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WPA Day at Cedars of Lebanon State Park – Saturday, 6 October 2018

WPA Day begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday, 6 October 2018 and you will love the artists, craftsmen and musicians lined up for the event.  You will also love the cornbread and pinto beans served up courtesy of the Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

Split-Rail-Fence-Woods-1235863Learn to pitch horseshoes from 9 Time World Champion Joan Elmore. Watch Snoopy the sorghum-making mule do his thing. Then grab a partner and enter the cross-cut log sawing contest. If log sawing is not your thing, how about a game of  checkers? Or chess? Be sure to check out the basket maker, the weaver, the quilter or the potter, each demonstrating their craft. Also see a lumberjack harrow, and watch skilled craftsmen make oak shingles the way they used to. They’re handy with an axe, a froe and a mallet!

fiddlerThere will be some masterful musicians on hand all day including the Old Brakeman Roy Harper and Michael DeFosche among others. Don’t miss the collection of old tools on display or the photographs from the 1920s and 1930s.

It’s an old-time, family-friendly event and it’s all free, so come join us for a step back in time.

Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park

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