Billy Constable's Family Fund

$7,665 of $1 goal

Raised by 110 people in 35 months
Debbie Ryder
on behalf of Lois Touchette
 SPRUCE PINE, NC
Billy Constable is a well loved and respected musician in Western NC and beyond, and is synonymous with bluegrass music. A quick google search will show his many accomplishments throughout his life.
In 2011 a benign tumor was found on his brain and he was operated on to remove that tumor. In October 2014, during a follow up, Billy was found to have another tumor in the same area, this time malignant, and was subsequently operated on to remove as much of the tumor as the doctors could. What Billy has is called a gliosarcoma.
During this surgery he suffered a stroke, which left him partially paralyzed on his left side and affected his vision substantially. During the last 5 months he has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Though still undergoing chemotherapy, he will return home from the hospital  where he has been for the last 5 months.
His mother Lois is his sole caretaker and because of Billy's loss of income and the ongoing care he will need at home, his friends have started this gofundme page to help with their financial needs.
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.  
And thank you for caring.

UPDATE:3/11/15
Billy is still at the Asheville medical facility undergoing another round of chemo this week. The family had been hoping to take him home last week, but alas. The plan is to move him, possibly next week, (fingers crossed) to a facility closer to Spruce Pine for a short time and thereafter home. He would like nothing better than to be home.
Billy, Lois, and the family would like to send out a heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you, for your kind healing words, thoughts, and prayers and your generosity. Y'all are awesome!
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We are sad to inform you that Billy passed away on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 in Spruce Pine, NC, surrounded by his loving family. If you would like to send condolences, the address for the Constables is 1396 Hanging Rock Rd., Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

On Thursday, October 8th, 2015, there will be a Billy Constable Memorial Jam at Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC.

Thank you Billy, for sharing your gift with us. You will be greatly missed.

Here is the link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1465950917042605/
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Billy is now at the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine NC in the Hospice wing. Room 204
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As of today Billy has been moved to Carepartners Solace Center 21 Belvedere Rd. Asheville, NC 28803

The benefit for Billy will be held on Thursday, October 8th at the Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC from 7:30 pm till 1am. We cannot post phone numbers or email addresses on gofundme so if you are a picking buddy of Billy's and would like to play, please email us from here (to do that, click on Debbie Ryder with little envelope on the right then 'contact organizer') and we'll put you in touch with Griff Martin, who is handling that.
Thanks!
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Billy is now at St Joe's in Asheville under Hospice care. At this time they are unsure how long he will be there. They may move him to another facility sometime this week. If you'd like to send a note to him you can mail those to 1396 Hanging Rock Rd, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.
His friends are planning a benefit bluegrass jam here in Asheville. We'll let you know where and when as soon as they finalize the details.
Thank you again, for your healing thoughts and prayers, and for being Billy's friend. He loves you all.
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Cheech Stewart
30 months ago
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Rest in peace... Billy. He blessed my family with his beautiful music and friendship. The family has my loving thoughts and prayers as they go forward. Love all of you and may peace be with you.

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Raised by 110 people in 35 months
Created March 6, 2015
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$100
Dennis Mike
28 months ago

I remember Billy as a kind and generous guy. He was also the only guy I know who would be willing to engage in a full hour conversation about the nature of fingerpicks.

$40
Anonymous
28 months ago
$200
Anonymous
29 months ago
HS
$100
Hunter Smith
29 months ago

It was amazing to hear you rocking at the Minglefest and putting smiles on all our faces. Your energy and skills are already missed.

SC
$25
suke cerulo
30 months ago

Such a great musician and person

CM
$100
Celia Millington-Wyckoff
30 months ago

In memory of Billy--thank you for the opportunity to jam with you. It was a real privilege.

$55
Doug Jackson
30 months ago

Prayers to you all.

CP
$100
carolinaphil Pearce
30 months ago

Friends forever.......

Cheech Stewart
30 months ago
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1

Rest in peace... Billy. He blessed my family with his beautiful music and friendship. The family has my loving thoughts and prayers as they go forward. Love all of you and may peace be with you.

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