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Bill Dobkins


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Rolla Missouri, USA
Post  Posted 24 Mar 2020 9:09 am    
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I first met Bill in 2007 at Bobby Reeds show in Benton IL. It was an instant friendship. I was fascinated with his tone bars and the procedure of making them. You could buy one with your birthstone in the end. The last time I seen Bill was at Bobby Reeds show in Mount Vernon IL. I had picked up one particular bar that I really liked. It was 90.00 which I couldn't afford at the time. I was packing up to head home. I went over to say goodbye when Bill handed me a little red pouch with the bar in it. I said I couldn't afford it, he said I want you to have it to remember me by. He then informed me that he had cancer and wouldn't live much longer. We hugged each other and said our final farewell. RIP my friend.

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Lee Johnson


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Post  Posted 24 Mar 2020 9:53 am     Bill Dobkins
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Bill, Thank You for Your Kind message, Yes Billy was a great man and we miss him so much He left us july 23rd 2011 , and the kindness he showed you was his everyday life . He was my very best friend , and his Bar will always be the greatest , and it is still being manufactured by Butch Gardner of Threeway Tenn. under the same great name of BJS steelguitarbars . Butch was also a great friend of BILLYS , Thank you for your response Lee johnson / steelmanlee@sbcglobal.net,
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Larry Dering


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Missouri, USA
Post  Posted 25 Mar 2020 5:18 pm    
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Bill, what a wonderful story of kindness and fellowship. BJS bars are the best and used by many of the greats. His name lives on with Butch and still the finest made.
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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post  Posted 25 Mar 2020 7:04 pm    
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I too Miss Bill; as every time I grab my BJS bar to play; the kindest story always goes through my head/heart about Bill.
He made me a Awesome 15/16" 10-string bar with my "RUBY" birthstone in the tip many years ago.....>LOVED IT....Then a horrible thing happened in year 2006; I got my Car broke into and they stole everything(amps; lab steel; Chair with all pedal steel items to play in it; but didn't get my pedal steel. I had NO spare picks; bar; volume pedal; cords; amp...etc...only thing I had was my Steel and I had a gig the next day. Many guys helped me with those items; and I made the gig work....>THEN two Days later I got a little box in the mail from BJS...Bill wrote: "Ricky I am so sorry you had to go through that; and just know, I will always make you a Bar if you need one; So here is your next Bar, exactly like the one you just lost, Play on my friend".
After I stopped Crying; I pulled the bar out and started playing... This was the Most Caring/Giving Man I knew.
Thanks again Bill for who you are and I know you are resting high on that Mountain....RIP...God Bless.
Ricky
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 25 Mar 2020 7:43 pm    
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Through the conventions etc., I was always aware of Bill and his products. I never had opportunity to actually talk to him until the 2005 ISGC convention discussing a particular product.

I found him to be a most gracious man and we talked as if we'd known each other for years. I believe it was his wife that was with him at the booth and we all discussed some things we had in common...people, events, etc.

Yes, I had one of his bars, but I think the greatest thing about Bill Stroud was the man himself and I was sorry to hear about his cancer and subsequent passing.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 26 Mar 2020 7:43 am    
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Yes, he certainly was an asset to the steel guitar community, bless his loving heart. Very Happy
Erv
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Lee Johnson


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Illinois, USA
Post  Posted 26 Mar 2020 8:48 am     Bill Stroud
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Yes Billy was one of the greatest men , I have ever known, His Legacy will live on through the BJS bar as butch is also a very fine gentleman and did promise Billy that he would keep his great work going on and He has done just that , I know Billy would be proud of that. I was always with Billy at the shows and I know how He loved his business and all the people of the steel guitar World, Butch Gardner is a man of like caliber. BJS That was Billy Joe Stroud We all loved Him. God Bless You. and Thanks to all Who keep His Memory and The bjs bar business Going Bless You ,,,LEE Smile Smile Smile
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Mickey Adams


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Bandera Texas
Post  Posted 5 Apr 2020 11:18 am    
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He was my friend here on earth...what a blessing..'
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