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The Georgia Steel Guitar Association was founded in late 2003 with the following mission statement:

To bring steel guitar enthusiasts together for the purposes of interaction, promotion and recognition of the steel guitar's integral contribution to Georgia's music development past, present and future.


In Memoriam​

May 11, 1938 - Apr 12, 2018​
Charles (Charlie) L. Vaughn

Formerly of Carrollton, GA,  Charlie Vaughn passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, from complications of diabetes.

Charlie was born in Carrollton, Georgia, on May 11, 1938, to Elizabeth A. and Hughey S. Vaughn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr & Mrs. Hughey S. Vaughn; his brother, Robert H. Vaughn; sisters, Linda Vaughn Driver and Charlotte Ann Vaughn; and a son, Brian Camp. He is survived by a daughter, Erica Hall of South Carolina, and sister, Mary Vaughn Tuggle of Augusta, Georgia. Charlie is also survived by nieces and nephews who thought "Uncle Charlie" was just the best uncle with the biggest heart anyone could have. He will be missed by all.

Charlie is remembered for his deep love of music, expecially the pedal steel guitar. He was presented with many awards, including the 2016 Legend Award by the Georgia Steel Guitar Association. He was also inducted into the Georgia Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Lowell Opry House and The Vaughn Family honored Charlie Vaughn in a memorial service held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Lowell Opry House with Mark Lyle and George Britt.

1930 - Nov 2, 2017
Barney Y. Miller

Age 87, of Covington, Barney Miller passed into life eternal on November 2, 2017, following a battle with Stage IV Lung Cancer. Barney was born in Elba, Alabama, the son of Doris Mabel and Benjamin Lee Miller. He had 12 brothers and sisters: Lawrence, Wilburn, Floyd, Audrey (Meleski), Trammel, Charles Ray, Rebecca (Copeland), Duke, Lulaine (Perrotta), Vereda (Atchison), Sandra, and Ronald. Barney married the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Bennett, on December 23, 1955. Their children include: Mary Yolanda Miller, Kimberly Miller, Benjamin Miller (Samantha), and Samantha Wallet (Rich). Their loving grandchildren are Brandy (Ed) Rigel, Valerie (Dan) Pampel, Ashley Uptagrafft, Clayton Blackwell, Brooke Uptagrafft, Joseph Uptagrafft, Jessica Wallet, and Stephanie WalletTheir great-grandchildren are: Corban Pampel, Echo Duckworth, Asher Pampel, and Gunner Pampel. They are also blessed with a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; as well as six siblings. 

Barney Miller was a true modern-day renaissance man, ever reinventing himself over his lifetime. Barney was a field engineer, owner-operator of a construction company, deep-sea fishing charter boat captain, Hall-of-Fame musician, teacher, mentor, sportsman, politician, comedian, story-teller, game master, Alabama fan, Christian, and, most of all – a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Aug 9, 1952 -July 6, 2017
Martha Judy Gibson

Judy Gibson passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Piedmont-Atlanta Hospital. She is survived by her husband, David Gibson of Whigham; a daughter, Erin Andrews (Dusty) of Alma; a sister, Bernice Davis of Pelham; a brother, Lamar Tatum of Clewiston, Fl and two grandchildren, Dustyn and Rily Andrews of Alma, a brother-in-law Leroy Thompson, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Nell Thompson and a niece Nancy Soards. Funeral services for Martha (Judy) Gibson, 64, of Whigham were held Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11:00AM at Rose Hill Baptist Church where she was a member. The Rev. Ralph Harrell  officiated and interment was at New Bethel Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roger Tatum, John Kirk, JC Cross, Tim Gibson, Jason Johnson and John Johnson. Born August 9., 1952 in Moultrie she was the daughter of the late John Henry and Martha Bell Williams Tatum. Mrs. Gibson passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Piedmont-Atlanta Hospital. She is survived by her husband, David Gibson of Whigham; a daughter, Erin Andrews (Dusty) of Alma; a sister, Bernice Davis of Pelham; a brother, Lamar Tatum of Clewiston, Fl and two grandchildren, Dustyn and Rily Andrews of Alma, a brother-in-law Leroy Thompson, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Nell Thompson and a niece Nancy Soards.

The GaSGA community has lost a very special member of our staff, Judy Gibson. David Gibson brought Judy to one of our shows in 2013. They were married in 2014 - a marriage truly blessed. Judy loved steel guitar music and the many friends she made in the steel guitar community. Judy became a member of our staff alongside David in his commitment to our shows. Even through her illness, she did her best to help out wherever she could. We all marveled at her strength, and the strength of her husband, David who stayed by her side loving her and caring for her. She made a special place in our hearts that I will always hold dear.  Donna Dodd
Apr 29, 1943 - Dec 15, 2015  ​
Mr. Robert "Bob" Evens

Age 72, of Loganville, GA, Bob Evans passed away December 15, 2015. He was a member of the Community Church of Praise in Stockbridge and also a member of the Georgia Steel Guitar Association, where he served as Vice President for 8 years.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 21 years, Diane; son, John Evens of Ohio; stepson, Anthony Stanley of Loganville, sister, Judy Courtney and her husband, Doug, of Michigan; brother, David Evens and his wife, Connie, of Michigan; grandchildren, Lexie and Laney Starnes of Oxford; and Lana Evens of Ohio; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held 1 o’clock, Thursday, December 17, in the Lithonia chapel of Henry Funeral Home, with Pastor Ken Smith officiating. Interment was held Friday, December 18 in Westminster, South Carolina.

Vice President, GaSGA 2007 - 2014
DEATH:  Sept 7, 2015 
Mr. Gene Still

Gene Still, age 81, was born in Belle Glade, FL and retired from American Tara Corp. He is a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, a member of the Wall of Honor of the Northwest Georgia Steel Guitar Association, and a Legend member of the Georgia Steel Guitar Association. Mr. Still was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Snellville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Emily Waldrop Still and siblings Robert Still and Laura Webb. He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Steve Hensley of Lyman, SC, and Donna and Scott Gagne of Woodstock; sons Stuart Still of Killeen, TX and Stacy Still of Lilburn; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sister Mary Waldrop of Braselton and brother Thomas Still of Lawrenceville; several nieces and nephews.

Feb 4, 1941 - Jan 9, 2015
Jack Edward Conyer

Jack Conyer, age 73, of Lake Park, Ga., formerly of Cochran, Ga. passed away January 9, 2015 at the Langdale Hospice House after a battle with leukemia.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Feb. 4, 1941 to the late Clarence Edward Conyer and Agnes Mozelle Vinson Conyer. Mr. Conyer was retired from the civil service at Robins Air Force Base and in his spare time he enjoyed playing the steel guitar for numerous bands.

Mr. Conyer is survived by his wife, Sandra Conyer of Lake Park; one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Linda Conyer; two grandchildren, Kyle and Curtis Conyer, all of Cochran, Ga.; his beloved twin sister, Janet Rudd of Elk Grove, Calif.; three brothers, James Douglas Conyer of Watauga, Tenn., Jeffrey Lynn Conyer (Debbie) of Oak Ridge, Tenn., James Brunnemer (Louella) of Nashville, Ind.; three sisters, Jennifer Lee Queen (Dennis) of Catoosa, Okla., Joy Lynn of Hudson, Fla., Jeanne George (Fred) of DeLand, Fla.; sister-in-law, Pat Webb (Austin) of Atlanta, Ga.; mother-in-law, Catherine Towery of Lake Park, Ga.; three step children, Gerald Kevin Thompson (Donna) of Valdosta, Ga., Keith Thompson (Elsie) of Tifton, Ga., Angie Smith (Charles) of LaGrange, Ga.; nine step-grandchildren; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Aug 19, 1954 - Sept 29, 2014
Randy Boyd Sorrells

Randy Sorrells, age 60, a McMinnville, TN resident and Cumming, GA native died September 29, 2014 at his residence.  He was a musician and son of the late Robert and Martha Samples Sorrells.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Kathy Ballew Sorrells December 26, 2010.  Mr. Sorrells is survived by daughter Crystal (Anthony) Salyers of McMinnville and other loving relatives and friends.

Aug 4, 1937 - Jan 29, 2011
Robert Wayne Stowers

Wayne Stowers, age 73, of Mableton passed away on January 29, 2011. Born on August 4, 1937, Wayne lost his long battle with colon cancer Saturday. He fought with determination, courage, always with a smile and a joke, and never complaining. He was a retiree from Wade Ford and a Manager at Music Mart in Smyrna for many years. He was a selfless man, a good husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. He was a talented, well-known drummer who loved old time country music and played with many local musicians. He was a long time member of the South Cobb Lions Club.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Annie Mae Stowers; and sisters, Doris Peppers and Loraine Compton. Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Betty; sons, Robert Anthony Stowers of Kennesaw and Steven Douglas Stowers of Dacula; grandson, Jonathan; granddaughter, Kathleen; brothers, Bill of Douglasville and Gary of Acworth; special friends, Ken and Bertha Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
Mar 31, 1943 - May 29, 2010
Woodrow Ledford Jr.

Woody Ledford, age 67, formerly of Powdersville, S.C. died Saturday May 29, 2010. He was a son of the late Woodrow and Pauline Brown Ledford Sr.

Mr. Ledford worked for S & D Coffee for 31 years and was of the Assembly of God faith. 

In addition to his wife of 50 years, Evelyn Rachel Myers Ledford, survivors include two sons: Woody "Davy" Ledford (Barbara); and Dale Ledford (Wendy); five grandchildren: Melissa Whitlow, Rachel Ledford, Rebecca Ledford, Hannah Ledford, and Hayden Ledford; one sister: Venice Henderson, and one brother: Tony Ledford.

Woody was a valued member of the GaSGA Staff Band for six years.

Mar 30, 1922 -Aug  29, 2010
Mr. Richard Allbright

Rick Allbright, Age 88, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Hannah Allbright. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryle Dianne Krotz, Commerce, GA; sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Brenda Allbright, Flowery Branch, GA, Steve and Patsy Allbright, Flowery Branch, GA, Ray and Della Allbright, Horne Lake, MS, and Mickey Street, Portland, TN; twelve grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; step children, Lanny and Jody Carlyle, Buford, GA, Hanna and Dale Jones, Flowery Branch, GA and Connie Headrick, Gainesville, GA. Mr. Allbright was born March 30, 1922 in Ft. Payne, AL. He was a 1941 graduate of Sugar Hill School in Sugar Hill, GA. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He was a retired construction worker. He was a musician and played the steel guitar. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Buford, GA.

Mar 23, 1928 - Aug 13, 2009
Mr. Wilmer L. “Shorty” Boyd 

Shorty Boyd, age 81, of Lakeland Drive, Ellijay died Thursday, August 13, 2009. Mr. Boyd was born on March 23, 1928 in Fulton County, the son of the late William G. Boyd and Sallie Lee Hutchins Boyd. He worked in the manufacturing industry and was of the Baptist Faith.

He was a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, Atlanta Society of Entertainers and was included in the Wall of Honor at the Northwest Georgia Steel Guitar Show. Also, he was a veteran in the U.S. Navy serving in WWII. He is preceded in death by sons Ricky Boyd and Leslie N. Boyd. 

Survivors include: Wife: Patsy L. Boyd of the home; Sons: W.H. Boyd of Conyers, GA, and Jimmy A. Boyd of Covington, GA ; Daughters: Shirley A. Knight of Covington, GA, Sandra L. Davol of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Tammy L. Ingram of Monticello, GA; Step children: Catherine Hague of Douglasville, GA, James Furis of St. Augustine, Fl, Lisa Stewart of Ellijay and Donna Wood of Snellville, GA; 29 Grandchildren and 19 Great-Grandchildren; Brother: J.P. Boyd of Cleveland, GA; and several nieces and nephews.