John Wesley Probst

John Wesley Probst

March 16, 1960 - March 28, 2013

John Wesley Probst

March 16, 1960 - March 28, 2013


John Wesley Probst, age 53, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, at his residence in Cumberland Furnace, TN.
Wesley was born March 16, 1960 to John Franklin and Margaret Ann Probst. He was an avid songwriter and member of the bluegrass community. For many years he performed in the Branson, Missouri area both at Silver Dollar City and at the Shepherd of the Hills. After moving to Nashville he formed the bluegrass band the Overall Brothers and he also worked as a bus driver for many country music stars. He was a friend to everyone. In the last few years of his life whenever he’d meet someone new he’d witness to them by telling them his name, John and the date of his birth 3:16. He was truly one-of-a-kind.
Wesley leaves behind his wife, Debra Adams-Probst, of Cumberland Furnace; Daughter, Rebecca Laurel and son-in-law Joseph and two granddaughters, Savvanah Elisabeth and Charlotte Anne Bollinger of Bella Vista, AR; step-daughter, Amber Rose Applegate of Stockton, CA; step-son Justin Applegate of Stockton, CA; brother, Jacob, Kara and Zachary Probst of Ellington, Connecticut; sister, Rose Probst of Trenton, MO and sister Nichole and Eric Moffitt of Springfield, MO.
Cremation Society of Tennessee is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be made at

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  1. To my Probst family Wes was such a special man, so talented, with such a warm yet lively and dynamic personality! He lived big and he loved big!! If he was your friend, you knew that, no matter what, it was solid, it was forever, and that you had 100% of his heart and loyalty, whether you saw him every day or once every 10 years! He had a soft heart and gentle soul, and that’s what I will miss about him the most! I know that Jean Ann was just his stepmother, but in spirit and personality, they couldn’t have been more alike! They both gave so much of themselves to the world and to those they loved! My hope is that they are now together, singing, laughing and being the big goofballs they always were when they got together here on earth! We won’t be able to see it this time, but I’m sure we’ll feel it as I know they both are looking down on all of us and will watch over us now and for the rest our time here until we can all join them both again! What a party that will be!! I love you all and please know that my heart is with all of you right now and always! Love and hugs!!!

  2. Wesley was a great friend. We had a lot of fun at Shephard of the Hills. I will always remember helping you with your video Face Down In The Snow. Thoses were great times.

  3. My wife and I met Wesley when we worked at Diamond Coach. We drove to gather on Reba’s tour in 2008. I will miss him. “GOD BLESS YOU ALL”

  4. Wes often called and talked for hours at a time to share information about bus life and more as he traveled with his McKnight guitar. He stayed in close contact with us throughout many miles of pleasures and trials. He always praised his dear wife, Debra, when speaking to us. He had Mary wear OverAll Brothers jeans to many guitar shows so others could have the opportunity to learn about his band. Wes even arranged for Mary to became a pen pal to his mother during her illness so she could send notes of encouragement. Debra and Rebecca, we heard about real life situations as Wes was comfortable talking to us from the road, motels and from home. He poured his heart out many times and that’s why he was so easy for us to get closer to his heart. He loved you both deeply and we appreciate you sharing him with us. Thank you! It is wonderful to have gained this friend who is closer than a brother. Tim and Mary McKnight

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