Obituaries : Raymond Fairchild, Noted Banjo Player has Died, See Cause of Death.
Friends and families are paying tributes on social media to Beloved Raymond Fairchild who recently passed away.
Raymond Fairchild, noted banjo player, entertainer, and western North Carolina icon, died yesterday following a heart attack. He was 80 years of age.
Fairchild was born and lived most of his life in and around Cherokee, NC, and is himself half-Cherokee Indian.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media by his managers.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
Elevated Mountain Distilling Company wrote on Facebook.
My heart is heavy. My dear friend Raymond Fairchild passed away this afternoon. The legendary banjoist was proud of his Cherokee Indian heritage and told stories of Southern Appalachia through his music. Raymond was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Raymond was a five-time recipient of The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America’s Bluegrass Banjo of the Year Award. I’m certain the angels in heaven have already started mountain dancing because the greatest banjoist that ever lived just joined the band.
We are heartbroken to hear that our friend and former boss, the King of the Smoky Mountain Banjo, Mr. Raymond Fairchild, passed away today from a massive heart attack. He was 80 years old. Please remember his wife Shirley and their family in your prayers. The Crowe Brothers were honored to travel the highways and entertain with Raymond for so many years. We owe him a lot. He will be missed by so many.
“Besides our Daddy, he is the biggest reason we are in the music business!” ~~Josh Crowe
I met Raymond Fairchild when I was 13. I played quite a few shows with him and with my own band at his Maggie Valley Opry House through the years. Raymond was always so great to me…and I learned so much from him. He was a total original. One of the finest pickers and people I was ever given the opportunity to be around. God Bless Raymond Fairchild. Rest easy…thank you again for everything! Prayers to Shirley, Zane, and all of the Fairchild family.