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Tammy Wynette's daughters seek to have her name on crypt

Feb. 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM   |   Comments

NASHVILLE, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The daughters of Tammy Wynette say they have begun a public campaign to restore the country music legend's name to her crypt in a Nashville cemetery.

Wynette, who is buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, died in 1998.

Georgette Jones Lennon and Wynette's three other daughters are requesting public support, through a Facebook page, to change what they were told would be a temporary name on the crypt, Virginia W. Richardson, Wynette's married name, the (Nashville) Tennessean reported Friday.

Lennon added the decision cannot be reversed because the daughters are not owners of the burial crypt.

George Richardson, whose professional name was George Richey, was Wynette's husband at the time of her death. He was given her home and belongings, as well as her music publishing and business enterprises, after her death.

Lennon, the only child from Wynette's marriage to country singer George Jones, said one of Richey's children, Deidre Richardson Hale, a lawyer, persuaded the daughters to change the name on the crypt for legal reasons during a planned challenge to the 2010 sale of Wynette's intellectual property.

She and the daughters of Wynette and Richardson expected to inherit Wynette's intellectual property, including the music catalog, but they were sold to a music publishing company in 2010, shortly before Richey's death, the Tennessean said.

Richey, who was interred in the crypt with Wynette, has since been moved, Lennon said.

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