Earl Thomas Conley at Music City Center on October 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

About Earl Thomas Conley
Age77 Years
BirthOctober 17, 1941 Portsmouth, Ohio
DeathApril 10, 2019 Nashville, Tennessee
SpouseCarole Scates,
Sandra Smith Conley
ChildrenAmy Conley Edmisten, Ty Conley, Erinn Scates, Kat Scates
SiblingsSteve Conley, Fred Conley, Dora Jane Conley Vernier, Ronda Conley Hodges, Joyce Ann Massey, Rebecca “Becky” Miller, Frances Webb
ParentsGlenna Ruth Davis Conley, Arthur Conley
AddressNashville, Tennessee

Country music is mourning the loss of Earl Thomas Conley on April 10, 2019. His family was the first to break the news of his death, which has sparked an outpouring of grief from country artists like Conley’s biggest fan, Blake Shelton. Conley is survived by his children and extended family. Find out everything about Earl Thomas Conley’s family, here.

Earl Thomas Conley’s Parents

Earl Thomas Conley was born on October 17, 1941 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Arthur Conley and Glenna Ruth Davis Conley.

Arthur Conley (born 1910) had a job on the railroad until he was laid off when young Earl was 14. Arthur would pass away in 1989.

Earl’s mother, Glenna Ruth Davis (born on February 19,1918) passed away in 2002 in Kentucky at the age of 84.

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Earl Thomas Conley’s Siblings

Earl was one of eight children born to Arthur and Glenna Conley. He had five sisters, Frances Webb, Rebecca “Becky” Miller, Joyce Ann Massey, Ronda Conley Hodges, and Dora Jane Conley Vernier, and two brothers, Fred Conley and Steve Conley.


After Earl’s father lost his job, he went to live with his elder sister in Jamestown, Ohio. He reportedly turned down an arts scholarship to serve in the U.S. Army where he fell in love with country music.

After Blake Shelton announced that his idol Earl Thomas Conley had passed away, Earl’s brother Fred confirmed that the singer-songwriter had died at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday in Nashville. According to Fred, Earl had a condition similar to dementia and was in hospice care for the last few months.

Among his siblings, Earl is survived by his brothers, Fred and Steve, and sisters, Ronda and Becky.

Dora Jane passed away in 2004, followed by her husband, Paul Vernier, in 2011. Frances Webb passed away in Franklin, Tennessee in 2013. Joyce Massey predeceased her mother and brother.

Becky Miller resides in their hometown of Portsmouth with her husband and children. She owns and operates Becky’s Hair Studio there. Steven Conley also resides in Portsmouth with his family.

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Ronda Hodges married the love of her life in 2015 and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She worked as a legal administrative assistant at a local law firm.

Fred Conley and his wife, Marianna Conley, reside in Nashville. Both have worked for New Facets Entertainment, an entertainment agency Marianna co-founded in Nashville.

Earl Thomas Conley’s Wife and Kids

Conley is survived by four adult children from his two relationships. He also has five grandchildren.

Carole Scates is the mother of his two youngest children, Kat Scates and Erinn Scates, 22, and had been with Earl for the last two decades. Carole said that Conley didn’t want a funeral and his body was donated to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


With Sandra Smith Conley, he is father to Ty Conley and Amy Conley Edmisten. According to a 1988 profile, Conley used to live on a 62-acre farm in Franklin with Sandra.

His eldest child Ty, 55, called the singer, “My hero.” His eldest daughter Amy, 50, said, “I could always count on Daddy to rescue me from life when life wasn’t always perfect.”


Earl’s youngest child Erinn said, “He was a great dad, and he filled our lives with color.” She’s currently a student at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Murfreesboro. Kat studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Tennessee–Nashville.

Was Earl Thomas Conley Related to John Conlee?

Since news of Earl Thomas Conley’s broke, country fans have been looking for songs by the hitmaker like “Holding Her and Loving You.” Google Trends also recorded a high volume of searches for the term “earl thomas conley rose colored glasses.”

However, “Rose Colored Glasses” is a hit song by John Conlee, another country superstar of Conley’s generation. There are also searches for John Conlee’s death since news of Conley’s death broke.

The mistake is understandable given their similar last names. In fact, Conley was more than aware he could be mixed up with John Conlee.

Conley decided to attach his full name to his artistry in 1979, about three years after his debut, so he would not be confused with John Conlee.

John Conlee, born August 11, 1946, is alive and continues to tour, though he hasn’t released any new music in recent years. He recently canceled a show due to “unforeseen medical reasons.”

John Conlee also has no familial relations with Earl Thomas Conley.

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