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A Highway Marker For Hank Williams

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A highway marker near the spot where country legend Hank Williams was found dead on New Year’s Day, 1953 was dedicated yesterday (Thursday) in Oak Hill, West Virginia.

The Register Herald of Beckley, West Virginia reports that more than 100 officials and local residents attended the dedication, in front of the Lively Family Amphitheatre. The location is close to the spot where 18-year-old taxi driver Charles Carr, whom Williams had hired to drive him to a scheduled concert in Charleston on New Year’s Eve, stopped at the pure oil station1Pure Oil Gas Station in Oak Hill and realised that the singer was dead.

The road marker, on Main Street, is a gift from the City of Montgomery and the State of Alabama to the city of Oak Hill. “The Hank Williams legend is a part of our folklore around here,” Fayette Commission President Matt Wender told the newspaper. “We are happy to celebrate any part of his life, it just so happens that this is the little piece of his legacy that we get.”

Williams’ daughter Jett, who was born a few days after his death, said: “He passed on in Oak Hill, but because of your elected officials and citizens carrying on the memories of the man and the legend, he lives on.”

Joe Tyree, director of the Tyree Funeral Home, is also quoted in the Register Herald report, remembering how he was called to the local hospital to care for Williams’ remains. Initially, he didn’t realise who ihe was attending. “We have a lot of Williamses around here,” he says. “It wasn’t until they told me he was a country singer from Alabama that I knew any different.”

Mayor Fred Dickinson added: “It’s a living history for those of us who still remember it. I was young at the time, but I remember hearing about it. He was a legend, but what would have been a better legend was if he’d lived longer.”

 

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Ginny Martin

    March 25, 2016 at 11:49 am

    So happy that they did this. It was a long time coming. Hank was a great man and musician. Well desrved.

  2. Shane Ste.Croix

    March 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Awesome news. Hank Williams Sr. Still the most wanted outlaw.

  3. Paulette

    March 26, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    He was and always will be one of the greatest country singers as will his son Hank, Jr. There are many more, but too many to name. I love country music. It can make you think about life’s ups and downs.

  4. Roberto G. Medina

    March 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I love to sing his songs.

  5. Donna Gleason

    March 27, 2016 at 2:45 am

    I grew up listening to Hank Wiiliams every Sunday, my parents always had his LP on the stereo. I’m not a fan of country music, but there is something about his songs that still touch me to this day!

  6. Earl Patton

    March 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Don’t you think it would have been nice to have shown us a picture of the highway marker and the wording on it??????????

  7. Npattison

    March 28, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I thought at least one bio of Hank said he was on his way to Canton, Ohio, for a New Year’s concert.

  8. judy skelton

    March 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    i love pasty cline ans loretts linn and al the rest

  9. ima hogg

    March 24, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Picture, please.

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