Stonecipher, William Hoyle “Stoney” 86, of Knoxville, went home to Heaven on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.
He was born Aug. 6, 1932 in Petros, TN, to Amy and William Martin Stonecipher. His life journey took him from Morgan County to Knoxville, where he moved at a young age. After graduating from Fulton High School, he set out to make his mark on the world.
As a musician and singer, he became a fixture on the WNOX “Midday Merry-go-Round” in the early 1950s, crossing paths with and befriending some of the biggest names not only in Knoxville radio but country music as well. In 1952, he married Anna Lois Stevens and settled down to raise a family.
While his renown as a steel guitar player grew, he began his other career in 1956 as a cameraman (one of the first in Knoxville) at the old Channel 26, the ancestor of WVLT-TV, Channel 8, in Knoxville. Shortly thereafter, he moved over to WATE-TV, Channel 6 as a cameraman and engineer for 41 years. During his years at WATE, he served as a producer for “Startime,” a music show featuring local talent. His band, “The Kountry Kings,” served as the house band on the show. They also served as the house band for the WIVK “Shindigs,” which featured the biggest names in county music in the 1960s and 70s. They also traveled with acts as their band from time to time. The group spawned numerous Nashville singers, musicians, and writers.
Stoney also found time to produce and play on numerous recordings as well as write songs. After retiring from WATE, he went on to work at Dollywood, playing in the “Kinfolks Show” on the Backporch Theater for 18 years until his retirement there. He also served as emcee for Scotty’s International Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis, Mo., for 40 years.
As great as music was in his life, it was only part of his life.
Along with Lois, Stoney was a charter member of Whittle Springs Baptist Church (later Walridge Baptist Church). They raised three daughters - Gay, Joy, and Merry, to love the Lord, music, family and life itself.
Stoney also coached his girls in softball and basketball for many years.
A great father, friend, and man, the number of lives he impacted in a positive way are virtually immeasurable.
He suffered a staggering blow when Lois, his wife of 58 years, passed away in 2010.
Stoney endured the loss and along the way, found love again when he married Brenda Dilbeck a couple of years later. She remained by his side for the rest of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Amy and William Stonecipher; brothers, Clyde and John Stonecipher; and wife, Anna Lois Stonecipher.
He is survived by wife, Brenda Stonecipher; daughters, Gay Schrell (Bo), Joy Evans (Richard) and Merry Jarnagin (Phil); step-daughters, Melissa Davis and Alison Queen; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren; sister, Mary Lou Milligan (Charlie) and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Walridge Baptist Church in Knoxville, with the funeral to follow with Brother C.V. “Jim” Whitson and Pastor Toby Webber officiating. The family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Greenwood Cemetery in Knoxville for an 11:00 a.m. graveside service interment.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Walridge Baptist Church, P.O. Box 12596, Knoxville, TN 37912.
Serving the family, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway.
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