It is said that he learned his flatpicking style by learning to play fiddle tunes on his guitar. For many years he traveled and performed with his son Merle, who was equally accomplished guitarist. Merle died in an accident on the family farm in 1985.
He had fallen at his home and while at the hospital it was discovered that he had colon cancer. He died following the surgical procedure. Doc was 89 years young. As a tribute to Doc, his rendition of "When I Lay My Burdens Down" is our Spiritual Sunday selection. Rest in Peace, Doc and say hi to Merle for us.