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Tammy Wynette’s Name to be Restored to Her Grave

    March 23, 2014
    Mike Fossum
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Tammy Wynette, one of country music’s best-known artists and biggest-selling female singers just had her stage name restored to her grave, after the name on the crypt was changed to Virginia W. Richardson in 2012, 14 years after the icon’s 1998 death. Wynette’s name was changed after her children and the children of her husband, record producer and owner of the rights to Wynette’s music George Richey, had attempted to contest the sale of their parents’ intellectual property a few months before Richey’s 2010 death.

Wynette’s four daughters were advised by their stepsister, attorney Deirdre Richardson Hale, that changing Wynette’s stage name to her given name on the grave would be necessary for legal reasons, though temporary. No battle over the rights to Wynette’s catalog ever occurred, and Hale had the Wynette name restored. Wynette’s daughter Jackie Daly stated that she thinks Hale felt guilt prompted by a Facebook fan page made to protest the inscription on the crypt, and to restore the Tammy Wynette name.

Wynette’s best-known song, Stand By Your Man:

Wynette’s daughters were initially seeking a court order to have the name change reversed, and were even raising money to have the body moved to a different site. Though with Hale’s change of heart, no move was necessary.

Wynette was called the “First Lady of Country Music”, and several of her songs of her songs dealt with themes of loneliness, isolation, divorce, depression and the difficulties of relationships. Wynette married country legend George Jones in 1969, and became a country music duo, akin to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. The two recorded a slew of singles in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Wynette had numerous health problems, and had at least 26 major surgeries since the 1970’s. She had pain taking a high amount of pain medicine over the years, and died of a pulmonary embolism on her couch on April 6, 1998, at age 55.

A representative of Woodland Memorial Park in Nashville said that the name could be changed on the crypt by Friday afternoon.

Image via Wikimedia Commons.


  • NCVA

    And still the FIRST LADY OF COUNTRY MUSIC. There will never be another singer
    close to her. Play the video and listen to that remarkable voice.

    • Carol

      Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline… the best female country singers ever.

  • DixieAngel_76

    It’s the soul of the person coming through into the music that makes the difference between just good music, and the kind that Tammy made. As a child, she made me wish I could sing. RIP, Tammy.

  • gwen

    Tammy Wynette-the infamous legendary singer! The voice that had teardrops in it. There will never be another Tammy. Kudos for having her marker changed. I think it is a shame that local radio stations don’t play the oldies with today’s music. This generation could enjoy her music as we do! RIP Tammy Wynette

  • OKWishbone

    The key to this article and what makes this such a pathetic shame to be visited upon the life and legacy of one of the great country singers can be found in just two clauses of this article. They are: “Attorney Deidre Richardson Hale” and “necessary for legal reasons.” Should we really be surprised? This case will continue until Tammy Wynette’s estate and the royalties generated from her music are finally exhausted. Sad. Sad.

  • Dorothy Guess

    Way to go No Stepdaughter,should not have a Damn thing to do with Tammy Wynette”s,name or anything else,so proud of Her Girls,She”s smiling,back at Yall now.Thanks for fighting for Her name,thats what it should,and always be;Good Luck to Tammy”s Kids.GOOD JOB!!!!