Big & Rich’s Big Kenny’s Mother Dies in Virginia

Prayers and condolences are going out to Big & Rich’s Big Kenny Alphin and his family who are mourning the loss of his mother.

“Dear Lord, I know she knows it, but please, tell her I love her.”  (Posted by Big Kenny)

bigkennymom.   “Thank you everybody for sending your love and concerns regarding the passing of our beautiful mother,” the Alphin family said in a statement posted to Facebook Thursday afternoon (Feb. 4). “We greatly appreciate your beautiful and overwhelming support we have all received. We know this happened quickly.”

Christiev, Big Kenny’s wife, posted her  comments on Facebook expressing her own heartbreak over the loss of Mary. “I already miss you, Mary,” she wrote. “You still had a lot to teach me and cherish all that you did. Thank you for bringing my Kenny into the world, [and] gifting me, my boys (and the world) with love and ‘Big Kenny’ kind of music.

“Thank you for instilling the passion of all things flowers and gardens, every time I watch him whistling with a total joy and peace tending to the earth and gardens,” she continued. “I will think of you and thank you. P.S. Hug Jesus for me.”

Visitations for friends and family took place in Culpeper, Va., Friday evening (Feb. 5) with her service held Saturday. Below is the tribute to Mary Alphin.

Alphin, Mary Strother Tinsley

Mary Strother Tinsley Alphin, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died February 3, 2016. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Charles R. and Kathleen E. Tinsley.Mary is survived by her husband, William M. Alphin of Culpeper, Va.; her daughter, Charleen Alphin Doverspike and her husband, David Wine of Baltimore, Md.; and her three sons, Robert M. of Centreville, Va., Wallace R. and his wife, Donna of Haymarket, Va., and Kenneth W. and his wife, Christiev of Nashville, Tenn. She was grandmother to seven grandchildren, Jason, Jacob, Delanie, Ian, Sean, Lincoln, and Dakota; and one great-granddaughter, Carolena Rose.Mary was a graduate of Culpeper County High School and attended Mary Washington College; was an active member of New Salem Baptist Church, founding their children’s choir in the early 60’s and supported the church as an organist. She loved to sew and many of her daughter’s clothes, adored small children and babies and supported Culpeper Baptist Church in their nursery ministry for many years. She enjoyed attending Rural Electric Association Director’s meetings with her husband and developed many friendships with the other wives. An avid gardener, Mary delighted in sharing cuttings of her perennials with her friends and neighbors and dearly loved Rhillhurst Farm, treasuring the life that she and her husband built for their family there.Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 12 p.m. at New Salem Baptist Church, 8233 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, Va., with Pastor Mike Dodson officiating, Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. The family received friends Friday evening at Clore-English Funeral Home.Online condolences may be offered by visiting The family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.

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