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Oak Ridge Boys remember Bonsall

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 – The remaining members of The Oak Ridge Boys recalled the late Joe Bonsall, who sang tenor for the group and passed away on Tuesday from complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Duane Allen said, "When I look at Joe Bonsall's life, I see a life fulfilled. The son of two military veterans, raised to become street-smart in the hood-influenced neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. His parents taught him that he could be anything he wished to be if he worked hard, told the truth and trusted in God. Joe could do anything he set his mind to do, but what impressed me the most was the energy, love and compassion he put into everything he did and his unique gift to communicate those emotions and feelings into every performance, song and book. Joe was 'that' best friend that every person hopes to have in his life."

"This has been a week of sadness with the loss of my son, Rusty Golden, and now the loss of our brother and our partner of over 50 years, Joe Bonsall," said William Lee Golden. "Thankfully we have the memories made and the songs that we've sang together to get us through. It gives me comfort to know that Joe and Rusty are together again. Our prayers are with his family."

Richard Sterban said, "For many years, Joe was my best friend. We knew each other long before we both became members of The Oak Ridge Boys. He was a special person, who was loved by everyone and was a true inspiration to us all. He was also the best singing partner a person could have. For several years he bravely fought a terrible disease and was a trooper right up until the very end. There is no doubt that today, he is in a much better place - at home with Jesus. I will see you soon my dear friend."

Ben James, who replaced Bonsall once he was unable to tour, said, "Joe was a true hero to me. His singing is something that I have admired since I was a kid. Nobody could do it like Joe could do it. He was such an encouragement to me. I feel honored that he chose me to sing the tenor line when he decided to come off the road. I try my best for Joe and the Boys every night, but only Joe can fill that spot. The legacy he leaves with us is something that is irreplaceable. I am forever thankful I got to know and love one of my all-time heroes that was nothing but good to me. I will miss Joe Bonsall. Thank you for loving everyone you met and making them feel like the most important person in your life when you spoke to them. A true gentleman."

"God love you, Joe Bonsall. You have been an inspiration to fans, friends, and family, especially to me for 52 years. This is a very rough day," Jim Halsey, manager of The Oak Ridge Boys.

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