FOGLESONG, SR., James StatonPassed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Jim Foglesong was the son of the late William Russell and Norma Staton Foglesong, and brother of the late Bill Foglesong. Jim is survived by his wife, Toni; sisters, Martha Faye Godfrey of Mentor, Ohio and Susan Shaw of Monroe, North Carolina; children, Cindi and Scott, Leslie and Karen, Jimi and Kay, and Rusty and Ruby; grandchildren, Jeremy, Tracy and Ricky, Erica, Amy, and Taylor, Shawn and Kyndel, James, Shelby and Kevin, William and Kira; great-grandchildren, Austin, Christian, Peyton, Emma, Jay, Allie and Garin. Jim was born in Lundale, West Virginia and grew up in South Charleston, West Virginia, where at a young age, he began singing in church and performing on local radio. During World War II, he was a very proud member of the 10th Armored Division of the US Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After service to his country, Jim studied at the Eastman School of Music, where he met Toni, his wife of 62 years. He began his career in the music business in New York as a singer and later a record producer. In 1972, he moved to Nashville where as a music executive, he was instrumental in the careers of many recording artists. In 2004, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jim was a professor at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, and founded the Music Business program at Trevecca Nazarene University. He was a beloved husband, father, friend, member of the music community, teacher and was a true gentleman to all who came in contact with him. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the W.O. Smith Music School. Friends are cordially invited to a service celebrating Jim's life at Vine Street Christian Church, 4601 Harding Pike, Nashville, on the 16th of July, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the afternoon.
Published in The Tennessean from July 13 to July 14, 2013