Charline's Story

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Charline Conley died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Medical Center of Albany. She was 96 years old, seventeen weeks shy of turning 97. Charline was born in Wayne County on Dec. 30, 1919 to Thomas E. and Olga Gregory Conley. Charline's daddy was born 13 years after the Civil War ended. He died in 1946. When Miss Olga died in 1998, she was 102 years old and had outlived Thomas by 52 years. Olga was 23 years old when she gave birth to Charline. Charline was 14 years old when she contracted polio. She walked with the help of crutches until 1973 and from 1973 on, she used a wheel chair. It didn't stop her from living life as normally as possible. She drove herself and Olga everywhere in that the little white pinto that had been fitted with hand controls.

In the 1940's and early 1950's, missionaries Fred and Vera Staples were involved in home missionary work and Christian radio in West Virginia and South Carolina. In 1955, they brought their ministry to Monticello, Kentucky. On May 19, 1955, they bought radio station WFLW, which had just signed on the air. The Staples kept many of the original employees on staff, including 35-year-old Charline Conley and that was something she was always grateful for. When Fred and Vera left Wayne County and moved to Florida, Charline continued working for their son, Steve Staples, for several years. She never forgot the kindess of the Staples family. Charline's duties at WFLW were that of secretary and director of on air women's programs.

In the fall of 1954, 16-year-old Darrell Speck and his band, The Rebel Rousers, had a live radio show that aired every Saturday on WAIN AM in Columbia. When WFLW AM went on the air that next spring, Darrell and his childhood friend, Sid Scott, who was 18, drove to Monticello, where Darrell auditioned for a show. One staff member who watched the audition was commercial manager Welby Hoover. In 1958, Speck, Scott and Hoover put WANY AM on the air in Albany. In 1966, they were joined by Charline Conley. She remained there as bookkeeper, secretary and receptionist until she retired in the mid 1980's.

Charline's combined career in radio at both WFLW and WANY lasted 30 years.

Charline loved going places with her mother. She loved her flowers and her garden. Visitors were always welcomed into the Conley home. She and her mother loved company. Charline loved her church, Clear Fork, and she loved good preaching and singing. Even though Charline didn't have children, she had Lamon and Lisa Hubbs, and all their family to look after and pray for and love as her very own, and they were her own. We will never be able to fully thank Lamon, Lisa and all for the special love and care they gave to this sweet special lady.

The funeral service for Charline Conley was held Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 at Talbott Funeral Home with her pastor, Bro. Bob Sawyer, and one of her favorite disc jockey's, Al Cross (WANY), officiating. Burial was at Elk Spring Cemetery. She is survived by Lamon and Lisa Hubbs and families of Albany , and several cousins in Wayne County.
Published on September 14, 2016
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