Judy Dorsey via The Commercial Appeal
One of the most revered radio personalities has lost his fight to lung cancer. At 81-years-old “Bashful Bob” Letson passed away Monday, February 22, 2016 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
For almost twenty years he was the radio DJ heard on WEVL-FM 89.9, and now thanks to the volunteer radio station’s archive of his programs, Letson can still be heard on the radio by his beloved listeners.
— John Beifuss (@JohnBeifuss) February 24, 2016
RIP Bashful Bob. You held the flame for all that great old country music. Thanks for the education. @WEVL
— Jay Biedenharn (@jaypbiedenharn) February 24, 2016
Go peaceful on your journey, Bashful Bob. May heaven be a honky-tonk. https://t.co/kSRx2S2J4U
— Andria K. Brown (@andriakbrown) February 24, 2016
He was known as “Bashful Bob”, and proved to be one of the best country disc jockeys out there. His baritone voice, and knowledge of the genre was infectious. “Bashful Bob” launched the “Sho-Nuff Country” music program which encompassed artists such as Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, and George Jones. Just a few of his favorites!
Bobby Harold Letson called Mississippi his home, but frequently traveled throughout of the South to share his carload of 250 vinyl records and CDs with other stations. According to The Commercial Appeal when he was asked to define true country music, his answer was simple.
In 1998 Letson answered:
“Country music is anything I like.”
One thing is for sure, “Bashful Bob” will be missed by many. Letson leaves behind three daughters, three sons, fourteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at Beech Springs Baptist Church in Blue Springs, Mississippi. The family requests any memorials be sent to WEVL.
Hear a clip of his famous voice below.
Rest in peace, “Bashful Bob”.
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