Percy Sledge

Percy Tyrone Sledge (1941 - 2015)

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Percy Tyrone Sledge
Born in Leighton, Alabamamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Baton Rouge, Louisianamap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Apr 2015 | Last significant change: 20 Nov 2018
13:35: Nicolas LaPointe edited the Biography for Percy Sledge. [Thank Nicolas for this]
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Categories: Musicians | Famous People of the 20th Century | Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | Heavenly Gates Cemetery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Baton Rouge, Louisiana | African American Unconnected Profiles | American Notables.


Percy Sledge is Notable.

Famous singer, noted for his first single When A Man Loves A Woman, which went gold in 1966. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Buried in Heavenly Gates Cemetery[1][2]

Name: Percy Tyrone Sledge

Titles and Terms: Event Type: Marriage

Event Date: 23 Jul 1959

Event Place: Colbert, Alabama, United States

Gender: Male

Age: 18

Birth Year (Estimated): 1941

Marriage License Place: Colbert, Alabama, United States

Father's Name: Robert E Bates

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Mother's Name: Fannie Lucile Sledge

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Spouse's Name: Carrie Jean Toney

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Spouse's Gender: Female

Spouse's Age: 19

Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1940

Spouse's Father's Name: Ernest Toney

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Spouse's Mother's Name: Mether Smith

Spouse's Mother's Titles and Terms: Page: 235 GS Film Number: 001976242 Digital Folder Number: 007066771 Image Number: 00327


"For I am ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. -2 Timothy 4:6-7. Percy Tyrone Sledge Sr., 74, gained his wings and departed this life on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 1:13 a.m. at his home, surrounded by his devoted, and loving wife of 40 years, Rosa Sledge, his sister Donna Cohen, and his children. Born on November 25, 1940 Percy was a native of Leighton, Alabama and a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Percy was a graduate of Leighton Training School in 1958. Percy was an R&B, soul, gospel and traditional pop singer. He was a member of Galilee Baptist Church in Leighton, AL. He is best known for the song, "When a Man Loves a Woman", a number one hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles. He loved his music, and more importantly he loved his family and his fans. Percy was a 2005 inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Percy is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 40 years, Rosa Singleton Sledge of Baton Rouge, LA; three sons, Percy Tyrone Sledge Jr. (Mary), of Knoxville, TN, Howell Sledge (Paulette) of Florence, AL, and Percy Tyrone Sledge III (Brittany) of Baton Rouge, LA; nine daughters, Deborah Burns (Johnny) of Muscle Shoals, AL, Carolyn King (Craig) of Sheffield, AL, Wanda Kay Sledge King of Courtland, AL, Percia Davis & Latonya Sledge Ray (John) both of Augusta, Georgia, Tanya Jones, Charlene Benton (John), Paulette Sledge, all of Baton Rouge, LA & Sanricca Sledge Lawrence (Frank) of Augusta, GA; a special nephew, Harold Woods of Baton Rouge, LA; seventeen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; a sister, Donna Sledge Cohen (Clarence) of N. Charleston, SC; a brother, Willie Woods of Waukegan, IL; an uncle, Curtis Sledge of Chattanooga, TN; a nephew, Ernest Toney Jr. of Topeka, KS; four nieces, Kim & Lenora Woods of Waukegan, IL; Latrice Lewis of Carterville, GA, & Bonnie Hill of Columbus, OH; five sisters-n-law, Edna Woods, Audrey Howard, Lenora Singleton, & Barbara Turner of Morgan City, LA and Marie Singleton of Lafayette, LA; four brothers-n-law, Irving Singleton (Barbara) of Morgan City, LA; Henry Singleton (Abby) of Gibson, LA; Larry Singleton (Claudette) of Patterson, LA, Milton Singleton (Lettie Mae) of Gray, LA; A devoted cousin, friend, and caretaker Paul Sledge (Pat), & Georgetta Sledge Houlsen all of Mobile, AL; Heartfelt thanks to Tammy Bergeron, Regina Cobb, and Chaplain Dane Blankenship of Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care of Baton Rouge, LA; Trey Ganem (Trey Ganem Designs) of Edna, TX; worldwide friends and fans; Percy was preceded in death by his mother, Fannie Sledge Woods; a sister, Jerlean Sledge Toney; a brother, Ricky Woods; two aunts, Clara Bea Mullins & Annie Pearl Allen; an uncle, Richard Sidney Sledge; a maternal grandmother, Hester Lee Pruitt Sledge. Mother and father in – law, Mildred and Joseph Singleton; three brothers-n-law, Leroy Singleton, Raymond Singleton, Harold Singleton & Roland Turner. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Bethany World Prayer Center, 13855 Plank Road, Baker, LA followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m., conducted by Bishop James T. Whitney. The services will be broadcast in HD live via streaming on the internet at Interment will follow at Heavenly Gates Cemetery & Mausoleum, 10633 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70807. Arrangements entrusted to Carney- Mackey Funeral Home, 1576 Robin Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70807, (225) 774-0390. You may sign the online guestbook at - [3]


  1. Wikipedia: Percy Sledge, accessed 3 Jan 2016
  2. Find A Grave Memorial #144998457, accessed 3 Jan 2016.

"Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 April 2015), Percy Tyrone Sledge and Carrie Jean Toney, 23 Jul 1959; citing Colbert, Alabama, United States, county courthouses, Alabama; FHL microfilm .

•Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2005) •GRAMMY Award (1966) •GRAMMY Hall of Fame (1999) •WC Handy Award (1995

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