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the Spring Hill Cemetery is part of Nashville, Tennessee .

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Keith Whitley

Keith Whitley
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Keith Whitley was a country singer whose career only spanned from 1984 until his death in 1989. In that short time, he had 19 Billboard top hits. This included 5 consecutive number 1 hits. Whitley however was an alcoholic. On May 9, 1989, he woke up after a weekend of drinking, Whitley woke up, called his mother and welcomed his brother n law into his house. They ate breakfast and planned a day a golf and Keith had planned to start writing more music later that day. His brother n law left and said he would be back in an hour to pick him up. When he returned, he found Keith face down on the bed. He had died within the hour. The autopsy showed that his blood alcohol level was .433, higher then the .1 which was the legal limit in Tennessee at the time. He was married to country singer Lorrie Morgan. Her name is on the left of the headstone with the date she was born. She will be buried next to him when she passes away. He is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison, Tn.

William Lyell

William Lyell
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William Lyell was a Corporal in the United States Army. He received a Medal of Honor during the Korean War on Aug 31, 1951. It is said that after his platoon leader was killed, he took command and led the squad against heavy fire charging the enemy until they can get to safety. When his squad was surrounded again, he took control of a machine gun and started shooting and killing enemy charging their location. When he stopped, he noticed bunkers up a head so he charged them throwing grenades into the bunkers killing the enemy while getting shot at. He got hit twice but still moved on taking out 4 bunkers. He was killed shortly after when an enemy mortar exploded. He died but was able to save most of the squad. He is buried in Nashville National Cemetery in Madison, Tn.

PETE DRAKE

PETE DRAKE
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Pete Drake was one of the quite giants of Country Music. During his long career in Nashville, Pete was a respected record producer who founded two of Nashville’s most popular record company’s, Stop Record and First Generation Records. But Pete Drake is probably best known as one of Nashville’s most accomplished pedal steel guitar players. His unique sound can be heard on many of Country Music’s best-known recording. In addition to being a top-notch studio musician, he appeared almost every week on The Grand Ole Opry. Pete Drake died in Nashville, Tennessee, on July 29, 1988 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery. His grave marker is inscribed His Courage, His Smile, His Talent and His Love, Warms Our Hearts. His headstone is inscribed For Pete's Sake.

GILBERT R. "SPECK" RHODES

GILBERT R. "SPECK" RHODES
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Born in West Plains, Missouri, “Speck” Rhodes would join another West Plains native Porter Wagoner to star on “The Porter Wagoner Show.” Speck would play base fiddle as a member of Porter’s band, “The Wagon Masters,” but is best known for is comedy routines. One of his best-known comedy routines was his weekly telephone call to his girlfriend “Sadie” who was back home and would fill him in on her life and the hometown happenings. Speck was also a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry often performing with the Wagon Masters or doing a comedy routine with other Opry Comedians including, Minnie Pearl, Cousin Jody and Lonzo an Oscar. Speck Rhodes died on March 19, 2000 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

George Morgan

George Morgan
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George Morgan was a country music singer for 30 years. He had many hits including Candy Kisses which was number 1 on the Billboard list for 3 weeks. He would be the last singer to perform in the Ryman Auditorium when the Grand Ole Opry was there, and a few weeks later, he would be the first singer to perform on the new Grand Ole Opry stage. He would become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also the father of Country Music star Lorrie Morgan. Her husband, country music star Keith Whitley is buried behind George Morgans grave. Lorrie's name is on the monument next to Keith and she will be buried here when she passes away. George Morgan is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison, Tn.

ROY ACUFF

ROY ACUFF
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Roy Acuff was known as The King of Country Music, and for more than 60 years he lived up to that title. If any performer embodied country music, it was Roy Acuff. Throughout his career, Roy was a champion for traditional country values, enforcing his beliefs as a performer, a music publisher, and as the Grand Master of the Grand Ole Opry. Roy was the first country music superstar after the death of Jimmie Rodgers, pioneering an influential vocal style that complemented the spare, simple songs he was performing. At the time of his death in 1992, he was still actively involved in the Grand Ole Opry, and was as popular as ever. Roy Acuff is buried in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee

HANK SNOW

HANK SNOW
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Canada's greatest contribution to country music, Hank Snow was Born and raised in Nova Scotia and after performing for several years in Canada, he moved to the United States and thanks to his 1950 hit “I’m Moving On,” he became one of the biggest stars in Country Music. In addition to “I’m Moving On”, such hits as, “The Golden Rocket,” and “I've Been Everywhere led Hank and his Rainbow Ranch Boys to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and in 1979 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The “Singing Ranger” continued to perform on the Opry until shortly before his death on December 20 1999. He is buried in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

CAPTAIN JOHN HARTFORD

CAPTAIN JOHN HARTFORD
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John Hartford was a well known composer of of American Folk and Bluegrass Music. He was a master fiddle player who recorded more than 30-albums and won Grammy Awards in three different decades. He wrote “Gentle On My Mind,” which became one of the most popular songs of all time. At an early age, John Hartford developed an intense love for riverboats and the Mississippi River and in 1969 he received his riverboat pilots license and became Captain John Hartford. He was diagnoised with non-Hogkin’s Lymphoma in the early 1980’s and battled the disease until his death on June 4, 2001. John Hartford is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

FLOYD CRAMER

FLOYD CRAMER
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Floyd Cramer taught himself how to play the piano growing up in Arkansas. He got his start in Country Music appearing on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport. In 1952 he moved to Nashville where he played piano for most of the top starts of Country Music. Once established as one of the best piano players in the music industry he crossed over and became well known in the Rock and Roll Industry, playing for such stars as Elvis and Roy Orbison. Floyd Cramer was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Floyd Cramer died on December 31, 1997 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee

Roy Acuff

Roy Acuff
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Roy Acuff was a country music singer. His career started in the 1930's and spanned nearly 40 years. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1938 and is credited as the King of Country. He is said to be the force that took country music from banjo playing to the big time that it is now. In 1942, he founded the first major Nashville publishing company. He signed some major acts including Hank Williams and Roy Orbison. The company was called Acuff-Rose Music. In 1962, Roy Acuff become the first living person to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison, Tn.

KEITH WHITLEY

KEITH WHITLEY
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Keith Whitley was discovered by bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley and during his short life became one of Country Music’s most popular entertainers. His hit single, “I’m No Stranger To The Rain,” was one of three songs recorded by him to reach Number 1 on the Country Music Charts. In 1987, Keith married Lorrie Morgan who was the daughter of Country Music Legend, George Morgan and a Country Music Star in her own right. Keith Whitley was 34 years old when he died suddenly at his home in 1989. He is buried in Nashville’s Spring Hill Cemetery, just a few yards from his father-in-law, George Morgan.

GEORGE MORGAN

GEORGE MORGAN
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George Morgan grew up in Ohio and was one of the early stars of the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree and was a member of WSM's Grand Ole Opry. His first and only Number 1 hit, Candy Kisses, vaulted him first to the Wheeling Jamboree stage and then to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1974 George Morgan was the last person to sing on the Opry in the Ryman Auditorium, and the next Saturday Night was to first person to sing on the stage of the New Opry House at Opryland. George Morgan died on July 7th, 1975 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

NASHVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY

NASHVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Nashville National Cemetery is home to one of five monumental masonry archways that originally served as the formal entrance to national cemeteries found in the South. Three are managed by NCA: Marietta, Ga., built 1883; Chattanooga, Tenn., built ca.1880; and Nashville, Tenn., built ca.1870. These Roman-inspired structures are approximately 35 feet high with Doric columns, a pair of ornamental iron gates, and inscriptions above. The two other memorial arches are found at Arlington National Cemetery, built 1879, and Vicksburg National Cemetery, 1880.

Nashville National Cemetery

Nashville National Cemetery
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Nashville National Cemetery is located in Madison, Tn. It was formed after the Civil War when the land was given to the government for military burials. There is 65 acres here now and almost 35, 000 burials. Included are 3 men who received a Medal of Honor. There is also a United States flag that is flown here all day and all year and is never pulled down for respect for the men and woman who serve in the military today. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Dec 20, 1996.

Billy Walker

Billy Walker
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Billy Walker was a country music singer from Texas whose career spanned almost 60 years. He would have 30 hits land on the Billboard. He was nickname the Tall Texan and was a longtime member on the Grand Ole Opry. On May 21, 2006, Billy Walker, his wife, and 2 of his band members where driving back to Nashville from a show in Alabama when their van ran off the road and killed all four of them. Billy and his wife Bettie, also a singer, where buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison, Tn.

HOWARD FORRESTER

HOWARD FORRESTER
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Howard Forrester was one of the best and most accomplished old time fiddle players in Country Music. He is perhaps best remembered for his weekly appearances on the Grand Ole Opry as a member of Roy Acuff’s Smokey Mountain Boys. Howard joined The Smokey Mountain Boys in 1951 and remained with the group until his death in 1987. Howard Forrester is buried in Nashville’s Spring Hill Cemetery just a few yards from the where his long time boss and friend, Roy Acuff is buried.

Jimmy Martin

Jimmy Martin
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Jimmy Martin was a guitarist and singer from Tennessee. After a singer left the bluegrass group, Bluegrass Boys, Martin sneaked in through the back doors of the Grand Ole Opry and would perform just 2 songs for the group before they hired him on the spot. He would stay with them until he formed his own group, The Sunny Mountain Boys. Jimmy Martin would gain the name of the King of Bluegrass. He is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison, Tn.

Virgil Doyle Wilburn

Virgil Doyle Wilburn
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Doyle Wilburn joined his bother Teddy in appearing on the Grand Ole Opry as The Wilburn Brothers. Roy Acuff first brought the Wilburn Brothers to the Grand Ole Opry in the early 1940's and they continued to appear on the weekly radio show until Doyle's Death in 1982. Doyle Wilburn served in the United States Army during Korea. Doyle Wilburn is buried in the Nashville National Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

BILLY WALKER

BILLY WALKER
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Billy Walker was born in Ralls, Texas and grew up to become one of the most popular singer in Country Music. With such hits as “Charlie’s Shoes,” and “Cross the Brazos at Waco,” “The Tall Texan,” soon found his way to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. He was an Opry regulars from January 1, 1960 until is death in May 2006. Billy Walker is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thurman Theodore Wilburn

Thurman Theodore Wilburn
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Teddy Wilburn joined his bother oyle in appearing on the Grand Ole Opry as The Wilburn Brothers. Roy Acuff first brought the Wilburn Brothers to the Grand Ole Opry in the early 1940's and they continued to appear on the weekly radio show until Doyle's Death in 1982. Teddy Wilburn served in the United States Army during Korea.and is buried in the Nashville National Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.



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