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Lawrence Carlton Haney March 16, 2011

Lawrence Carlton Haney

Legendary Country Music Promoter and the originator of the Bluegrass Music festivals Carlton Haney made his grand appearance in heaven at 2:10Wednesday afternoon.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00PM Saturday (March 19, 2011) at Citty Funeral Home Chapel and burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Born in Reidsville, NC Sept. 19, 1928, Carlton was the first born of Alvis and Leeida Allen Haney, joined a year later with a sister: Cora and ending their family with a third child: Charles. Leaving behind his family and friends he traveled to Nashville, TN. in the 1950ís to start a career in the music industry. His success includes promoting enormous country music acts such as: Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, & Kitty Wells. His most famous and rewarding accomplishments includes composing songs for lifetime friend and superstar Conway Twitty. Songs such as Hello Darlin, To See an Angel Cry. And PaPa Sing Me A Song.
Having a dream to put together an outdoor Bluegrass festival in the early 1960ís, he started the first Blugrass Music festival in Sept. at Cantrellís Horse Farm in Fincastle, VA. This event started a revolution in the Bluegrass industry.
Three years later he bought and renovated 160 acres of land in Camp Springs, NC. There he built his Bluegrass Park and continued to have huge successes. Acts such as Alabama, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Bill Monroe, Ricky Scaggs and a huge line of stars worked for many years for Carlton. Accomplishments in his life were overwhelmed and world known to many.
He was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, International Bluegrass Music Museum, & Bluegrass Hall of Honor. In the 1970ís, at Camp Springs Bluegrass, a full length movie was made about the music called Bluegrass Country Soul and even today you can find it showing somewhere. In 1957 Carlton married Kathleen Collins from Danville, VA.
Joy was given to them with the birth of one daughter: Bonnie Haney Wilkins who resides in Tampa, FL. Carlton was blessed with the love of one granddaughter: Amanda Carol Tarte who also resides in Tampa, Fl. He is also survived by his brother: Charles Haney of Reidsville and by his caregiver Mary Cochran of Reidsville. The family will see friends from 7:00 till 9:00PM Friday (March 18, 2011) at Citty Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Cindy Edwards 2315 Gibbs Rd. Reidsville, NC 27320. Online condolences may be made at www.cittyfh.com


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