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Arthur (Benny) Kissinger
Born:  December 16, 1918
Died:  March 3, 1987
WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance
WWVA Original Jamboree
KMOX St. Louis, MO
WHAS Louisville, KY
WRVA Richmond, VA

About The Artist

The Early Years

Cousin Emmy and Her Kinfolk

Pop Eckler and his Young'uns

WWVA World's Original Jamboree

WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance


Marriages & Family

Benny married Mary Grace Treadwell on December 7, 1941. Their son, Clifton Kissinger was born on November 5, 1942. They later divorced. Mary was born on April 22, 1921; she died on January 14, 2001. She apparently remarried and her name was Mary Grace Treadwell Daniell at the time of her death.

He married Elsie Patrica Rawes on September 12, 1949 in Elizabeth City, NC. They divorced on August 20, 1969 in Virginia. They had four children, Arthur B. Kissinger, Jr., Joanna Kissinger Elgin, Owen Keith Kissinger, and, Laura Gaye Kissinger. Elsie was born on February 19, 1930; she passed away on July 21, 2015.

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