Darryl Worley’s Mother Passes Away

Our deepest sympathies go out to country singer Darryl Worley, who is mourning the loss of his mother, Bonnie Bess…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 27, 2019


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Our deepest sympathies go out to country singer Darryl Worley, who is mourning the loss of his mother, Bonnie Bess Jones Worley.

According to Country Aircheck, Bonnie passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

A visitation is scheduled for 5 pm Thursday (June 27) at Shackelford Funeral Home in Savannah, Tennessee. Services will be held the following day at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers, Worley and family members are requesting donations to the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center. The center was first conceived in 2004. Since then, Darryl Worley and the Darryl Worley Foundation, Inc. have donated over $600,000 toward the center which will bears his name.

Worley is best known for songs released in the early 2000s. His most popular hits include “I Miss My Friend,” “Have You Forgotten?,” and “Awful, Beautiful Life.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.