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Floy Case
Born:  April 20, 1911
Died:  June 14, 1988

About The Artist

Floy Lorene (Jones) Case was born in Bowie, Texas to her parents William A. and Eva G. (Prater) Jones in 1911. She would go on to be one of country music's first journalists/writers in the early publications.

Floy's writing would appear in several of the mainstay country music publications in the 1950s.

Her by-line appeared in the following publications:

  • Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder - "Down Blue Bonnet Way", "Floy Case Reports"
  • National Hillbilly News - "Your Song and Mine"
  • Melody Trails (published by the Ernest Tubb Fan Club) - "Down Blue Bonnet Way"

She was listed as being a part of the editorial staff for Country Song Roundup and Folk and Country Music magazines in the mid-1950s.

The May 1949 issue of Jamboree magazine included a full page ad plugging a song she had co-wrote - Blue Bonnet Waltz. The ad thanked several artists that were featuring the song and favorable comments from stars such as Hank Thompson and Cowboy Copas who mentioned they would plug the tune when they could. Floy wrote the lyrics, Lamberto L. Ancheta wrote the music. It was published by Hill and Range music publishers out in Hollywood, California.

Songs written or co-written by Floy Case

  • Maybe Some Day I'll Forget (co-writer J. C. Case)
  • Counting Hours (co-writers Mary Jean Shurtz and Marvin Montgomery)
  • My Heart Has Learned To Love You (co-writers Denver Darling and Clarke Van Ness)

Her local newspaper noted that she had written an article in the publication "Country Song Roundup", a feature on the then up and coming young singer, Justin Tubb.

That 1955 article mentioned in the previous paragraph provided some family details. Her husband, J. C. Case, was a watch maker at Staples Jewelry in Paris. They had moved to Paris from Fort Worth in 1952. The article noted that Floy had been a frequent contributor to publications prior to her move to Paris, but she had been inactive after their move. The article mentioned she was resuming her writing. Indeed, history shows she would be a part of the editorial staff of two magazines up to 1961.

In the mid-1950s, she was co-director of the "Paris Jamboree", a monthly stage show at the Veterans Administration center in Bonham, Texas. The other co-director was Mrs. Jack Townsend. Her husband, J. C. Case and their two sons, Jerry and Johnny were also part of the show. Other regulars on the case included Joe Hodges, Robbie England, The Musical Keeners, Sybil Jordan and Frances Coco. The Paris News reported that the May 16, 1956 included guest performers such as Nancy Castleberry (also known as Nan Castle), Paul Castleberry, Darrel Phelps, Ray Tallent and Charles England. Nan Castle was also a popular performer on the "Big D Jamboree" show that aired over KRLD in Dallas, Texas. Nan and Paul had their own radio show over radio station KSST.

Floy married J. C. (John Calvin) Case, Jr. on September 7, 1929 in Jefferson, Oklahoma. J. C. passed away in 1964. Floy died in 1988. The couple appears to have moved back to the Fort Worth, Texas area prior to their passing.

Credits & Sources

  • The Paris News; April 7, 1955; Paris, TX
  • The Paris News; May 16, 1956; Paris, TX

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