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Robert Humphrey Amburgey
and Gertrude Quillen

Robert Humphrey Amburgey
Robert Humphrey Amburgey
Gertrude Quillen Amburgey
Gertrude Quillen Amburgey
Con - Don and Glenn Amburgey
Con, Don and Glenn Amburgey
Bertha and Sister - Gertrude Quillen
L-R: Bertha and Gertrude Quillen
Martha Carson, Jean Chapel and Minnie Woodruff
L-R: Martha, Mattie and Minnie Amburgey - The Sunshine Sisters
Don Chapel and Tammy Wynette
Don Chapel and Tammy Wynette

Robert Humphrey Amburgey Jr b 11 May 1888 Knott Co KY d 30 Jul 1962 Clermont Co OH; s/o Alfred Amburgey and Elizabeth Betts Amburgey. Robert Humphrey Amburgey m. 22 Nov 1917 to (2) Gertrude Quillen b 1898 KY d 27 Mar 1997 Nashville, Davidson Co TN; d/o Richard Quillen II and Carrie Venters. (More about Robert Humphrey Amburgey Family). Children of Robert Humphrey Amburgey and Gertrude Quillen;

1. Bertha "Minnie" Amburgey b 17 Sept 1918 Neon, Letcher Co KY d 20 Feb 2012; buried m. to (1) Charles "Ducky" Woodruff; (3 children); m. 1990 to (2) Robert Bob Garcia. Minnie Woodruff was the female voice heard on some of Bill Carlisle's biggest hits such as "Too Old To Cut The Mustard," "No Help Wanted," and "Is Zat You Myrtle?". Children of Charles Woodruff and Bertha Amburgey; i. Charles Michael Woodruff ii. Shirley Woodruff; m. Bob Ferry iii. Sandra Woodruff; m. Marvin Smith.

2. Irene Ethel "Martha Carson" Amburgey b 19 May 1921 Neon, Letcher Co KY d Thursday, 16 Dec 2004 Nashville, TN age 83 (see obituary); m. (divorced 1950) to (1) James Roberts s/o Fiddlin' Doc Roberts b 1922 KY. Irene Martha Carson Amburgey m. to (2) Xavier Cosse.

3. Opal "Mattie" Jean Amburgey (aka Jean Chapel and Mattie O'Neill) b 6 Mar 1925 Neon, Letcher Co KY d 19 Aug 1995 Port Orange, Volusia Co FL; m. (divorced) (1) Floyd "Salty" Holmes; (1 daughter, Lana Holmes; m. Male Kolb). Opal Jean Amburgey m. (2) Jefferson Calongne. Opal Amburgey m. Bruce A Woodruff b

4. Glenn Daniel Amburgey b 18 May 1929 Neon, Letcher Co KY

5. Conley Martin Amburgey b about 1936 Neon, KY d Saturday, 14 Jun 2008 Jefferson AL; m. Mary Anne Unknown.

6. Lloyd Franklin "Don Chapel" Amburgey b 2 Aug 1931 Neon, Letcher Co KY d 6 Dec 2015 Nashville, TN; buried Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Nashville, TN; m. Virginia Eloise Unknown. Lloyd "Don Chapel" Amburgey m. Tammy Wynette. (Lloyd divorced Tammy after 3 years of marriage)


Robert Humphrey Amburgey
and Mary Annabelle C Baker

Robert Humphrey Amburgey Jr b 11 May 1888 d 30 Jul 1962; s/o Alfred Amburgey and Elizabeth Betts Amburgey. Robert Humphrey Amburgey m. 31 Dec 1911 to Mary Annabelle Catherine Baker b 1898 d 1915; d/o Henry Baker and Martha Catherine Taylor. Children of Robert Humphrey Amburgey and Mary Annabelle Catherine Baker;

1. Carl Amburgey b 1914 KY

2. Cullen Wyley Amburgey b 1915 KY d 24 Nov 1987 Bell Co KY


Robert Humphrey Amburgey
Gertrude Quillen and Family

Robert Humphrey Amburgey occupation; mechanic and carpenter; he played the fiddle which inspired his daughter, Irene "Martha Carson" to be a musician.

Robert Amburgey and his wife Gertrude Quillen Amburgey were of hardy mountaineer stock. They made their home in the coal mining region of Letcher County in eastern Kentucky, near the Virginia line. Their house was the next to last one up the holler out from Neon, Ky., which appears on today's Kentucky maps as Fleming-Neon.

Robert was a carpenter and a brattice man, builder of coal mine support structures. Gertrude kept house, looked after the cows and chickens that were the source of much of what the family had to eat, and tended to her children, of whom there would eventually be six; three girls and three boys.

The Amburgeys lived less than 50 miles, as the crow flies, from Poor Valley, Va., home of the legendary Carter Family. Like the Carters, the Amburgeys and the Quillens were musically talented. The Amburgeys were noted for their ability to play string instruments, and the banjo was the one that Robert Amburgey chose to concentrate on.

The Quillens, on the other hand, were singers. They sang the Stamps-Baxter-type gospel material and traveled over a wide circuit of eastern Kentucky visiting churches where they performed at all-day singings and shaped-note singing conventions.

Gertrude Amburgey, who did not bestow full approval on her husband's banjo picking, persuaded him to join herself, her father, and her brother in forming the Quillen Quartet which was well received by congregations who loved the gospel harmony they performed.

Into this rich heritage of string instrument and gospel music the three Amburgey sisters, Bertha (Minnie), Irene (Martha), and Opal (Mattie Jean), in that order, were born.

We just had a love for the string instruments," Martha says. At an early age, Minnie adds, "we were trying to sing, too. We were trying to get into the act." She says that seeing and hearing their parents singing before church audiences impressed them as very glamorous. "And we thought we wanted to do that, too," she says.


Obituary: Bertha Mae Amburgey Woodruff Garcia
17 Sept 1918 - 20 Feb 2012

Bertha Mae Amburgey Woodruff Garcia age 93 of Nashville, TN, passed through this life into the arms of her Savior on February 20, 2012. Her strong faith and kindness and love of life touched the lives of many. She was a member of Lebanon Rd. Church of Christ. She was born in Neon, KY in 1918.

During her teen years, she formed a trio with her two sisters, The Cooncreek Girls, later renamed The Sunshine Sisters. She was a very talented fiddler.

She furthered her musical career with her first husband, Charles, and her sister, Martha Carson, Grand Ole Opry Star.

She later retired from the music business to raise her three children and began a 30 year career with the TN Dept. of Revenue.

Preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Woodruff; mother and father; two infant daughters; two sisters and one brother.

Her survivors include husband, Robert Garcia; three loving children, Charles Michael Woodruff of Gallatin TN, Shirley (Bob) Ferry of Nashville TN and Sandra (Marvin) Smith of Nashville TN and NC; three grandchildren, Mark Smith, Lisa Jennings and Micah McKinney; three great-grandchildren, Autumn, Tristan and Jadyn; five step-children, Reuben (Tina) Garcia, Tina (Eddie) Guinn, Bobby Garcia, Nita (Hugh) Sterry and Tonya Sann; step-grandchildren; and two brothers, Lloyd Amburgey of Nashville TN and Glenn Amburgey of Cincinnati OH.

A Celebration of Mrs. Garcia's life will be held Friday, February 24, 2012 between four o'clock and seven o'clock in the evening at Woodlawn-Roaesch-Patton Funeral Home. Thank you to the many friends who offered prayers and support during her illness. Published by The Tennessean on Feb. 23, 2012.


Obituary: Betty J McIntosh Amburgey
9 Jun 1930 - 27 Jan 2016

Betty J McIntosh Amburgey, age 85, of Xenia, OH passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Hospice of Dayton. She was born June 9, 1930 in Ironton, OH the daughter of the late Charles and Edna (Gabbard) McIntosh.

Betty was a member of First Church of Christ in Xenia.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Glen Amburgey; great-granddaughter, Ciara; and sisters Geneva and Genevieve. Betty is survived by her son, Michael (Frances) Amburgey; daughter, Dianna (Michael) Shaffer; six granddaugthers, Angela (Michael) Owens, Melanie Burrows, Monica (Dennis) Sexton, Michelle Amburgey (Ty Mills), Jaclyn (Aaron) Howard, Lindsay (Tony) Jenkins; eleven great-grandsons, Josh, Kyle, Billy, Jacob, Nathan, Logan, Gage, Justin, Eric, Cody, Jake; seven great-granddaughters, Taylor, Aubree, Kelsey, Keira, McKenzie, Zoey, Ivree; two great-great grandsons, Wesley and Mason; great-great granddaughter, Maya; two sisters, Wanda (Henry) Ward, Marjorie Mullins; brother, Douglas (Pam) McIntosh; sister-in-law, Virginia Amburgy; numerous nieces and nephews; and beloved furbaby, Katie.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Anderson Funeral Homes, 40 North Main Street, Springboro, OH with Celebrant Dan Flory officiating.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesday at Anderson Funeral Homes.

Burial will be in Miami Valley Memory Gardens, Springboro, Warren County, Ohio.


1930 Letcher Co KY Census Millstone District 0025
296 302 McFalls Mary C Head F W 51 Wd KY KY KY Odd Jobs ? raising
296 302 McFalls Lester Son M W 14 S KY VA KY

297 303 Crase Brice Head M W 22 M KY KY KY Coal Miner Coal Mines
297 303 Crase Victoria Wife F W 20 M 17 KY KY KY
297 303 Crase Debra Daughter F W 1 5/12 S KY KY KY

298 304 McFalls Ted Head M W 22 M KY VA KY Coal Miner Coal Mines
298 304 McFalls Liza Wife H F W 17 M 15 KY KY KY
298 304 McFalls Ray Son M W 11/12 S KY KY KY

299 305 McFall Ira Head M W 28 M 18 KY VA kY Coal Miner Coal Mines
298 304 McFalls Roxie Wife H F W 23 M 13 KY KY KY

300 306 Amburgey Robert Head M W 38 M 17 KY KY KY Carpenter Construction
300 306 Amburgey Gertrude Wife H F W 29 M 17 KY KY KY
300 306 Amburgey Carl Son M W 16 S KY KY KY Coal Miner Coal Mines
300 306 Amburgey Cullen Son M W 15 S KY KY KY
300 306 Amburgey Bertha Daughter F W 11 S KY KY KY
300 306 Amburgey Irene Daughter F W 9 S KY KY KY
300 306 Amburgey Opal Daughter F W 5 S KY KY KY
300 306 Amburgey Glenn Son M W 11/12 S KY KY KY

301 307 Quillen Richard Head M W 50 M 18 KY KY KY Carpenter Construction
301 307 Quillen Carrie Wife F W 48 M 17 VA KY VA
301 307 Quillen James Son M W 16 S KY KY VA
301 307 Quillen Mildred Daughter F W 14 S KY KY VA
301 307 Quillen Georgia Daughter F W 10 S KY KY VA
301 307 Quillen Gladys Daughter F W 7 S KY KY VA


1940 Letcher Co KY Census Jenkins 67-7
2188 19 Amburgey R. H. Head M W 48 M KY KY KY Miner Coal Mines
2188 19 Amburgey Gertrude Wife F W 37 M KY KY KY
2188 19 Amburgey Bertha Daugter F W 21 S KY KY KY Radio Entertainer WHIS Broadcasting
2188 19 Amburgey Opal Daughter F W 15 S KY KY KY
2188 19 Amburgey Glenn Son M W 11 S KY KY KY
2188 19 Amburgey Loyd F Son M W 9 S KY KY KY
2188 19 Amburgey R M. Conley Son M W 4 S KY KY KY
2188 19 Roberts James Son in law M W 22 M KY KY KY Radio Entertainer WHIS Broadcasting
2188 19 Roberts Irene Daughter F W 18 M KY KY KY Radio Entertainer WHIS Broadcastint


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