Charline Conley passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Medical
Center of Albany.
She was 96 years old, 17 weeks shy of turning 97.
She was born in Wayne County on December 30, 1919 to the late 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
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, Ky. 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
She never forgot the kindness of the Staples family.
Her duties at WFLW were that of secretary and director of on air
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 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.
She loved going places with her mother. She loved her flowers and
Visitors were always welcomed into the Conley home. She and her
mother loved company.
She loved her church, Clear Fork, and she loved good preaching and
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.
She is survived by Lamon and Lisa Hubbs and their families of
Albany, Ky.; and several cousins in Wayne County.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 5, 2016 in the funeral
home chapel with her pastor, Bro. Bob Sawyer, and one of her favorite
disc jockey's, Al Cross (WANY), officiating. Burial was in the Elk
Talbott Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published on September 13, 2016