Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys has released his best-selling book, G.I. Joe & Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty, at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. The book tells the story of his parents, Joe and Lillie Bonsall, and is a testament of patriotism, bravery, commitment, and unmovable faith.
“I am honored beyond words that Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is now carrying my G.I. Joe & Lillie book,” Joe said. “Along with all of these years of singing with The Oak Ridge Boys, writing this book has been a highlight of my life and its constant success has been downright incredible. I think the reason people love this book is that so many folks from the Greatest Generation lived the same or, at least, very similar story.”
Joe calls having the book in Cracker Barrels both meaningful and relevant. “Our great Veterans who gave so much for our freedom are always there eating at Cracker Barrel because they know that this is a company that cares about them deeply as does ALL of Middle America,” he said. “I know I do… that is why I wrote this book. A story that honors my parents and their service to America.”
Both of Joe’s parents were members of the U.S. military during World War II and he wrote the song “G.I. Joe & Lillie” for the pair before penning his book. The Oak Ridge Boys performed the song on a patriotic television show as a tribute to the Bonsalls shortly after they passed. The video of their performance was uploaded to YouTube by a fan and has generated more than 2.8 million views.
Watch their performance:
Joe has penned several more books, including My Perspective, the Molly the Cat children’s book series, The Oak Ridge Boys: An American Journey and An Inconvenient Christmas as well as articles for several publications. For more information, visit his website at www.JosephSBonsall.com. For more information on The Oak Ridge Boys, visit www.oakridgeboys.com.