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Where Country’s Legends Were Laid To Rest

Even years after their deaths, these country legends still draw loyal fans to their final resting places.

Although these country legends may be gone, they most definitely haven’t been forgotten. Their final resting places have become gathering spots for loyal fans to pay their last respects and remember the artists who impacted them and their lives. Read on to find out more about your favorite country stars’ final resting places.

10. Marty Robbins

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Lorie Liebig

Born: Sep. 26, 1925
Died: Dec. 8, 1982
Buried inL Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville, TN

Marty Robbins had a career in country music that spanned four decades and 52 studio albums. Alongside his incredible music career, he was a familiar face in film and also on the NASCAR racing circuit. Robbins died of complications from cardiac surgery in 1982.

9. Eddy Arnold

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Lorie Liebig

Born: May 15, 1918
Died: May 8, 2008
Buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville, TN

An innovator of the 1950’s “Nashville sound,” Eddy Arnold had an incredible career that spanned over 60 years. His mixture of pop and country changed both genres for the better and helped to expose country music to an entire new group of listeners. Arnold died from natural causes just one week before his 90th birthday.

8. Earl Scruggs

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Lorie Liebig

Born: January 6, 1924
Died: March 28, 2012
Buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, TN

Earl Scruggs was a legendary banjo player who has influenced generations of new players with his innovative three-finger picking style. He gained even more notoriety when he released “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” which was the theme of the popular 60’s television show The Beverly Hillbillies. Scruggs died from natural causes in 2012 at the age of 88.

7. Roy Acuff

Born: Sep. 15, 1903
Died: Nov. 23, 1992
Buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, TN

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Roy Acuff was one of the biggest cultivators of what country music is known as today. Along with an incredibly successful music career, he founded one of the first major publishing companies in Nashville, and was the first living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Acuff died of congestive heart failure in Nashville at the age of 89.

6. Tammy Wynette

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Born: May 5, 1942
Died: April 6, 1998
Interred at the Woodlawn Cross Mausoleum in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville, TN

Known as the “First Lady of Country Music,” Tammy Wynette was a pioneer for women in her genre. Although her marker has been changed back and forth over the years from the name of Tammy Wynette to Virginia Richardson, the site now is clearly labeled with her well-known stage name. After years of health issues, Wynette died of a blood clot at the age of 55.

5. Johnny Cash

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Born: Feb. 26, 1932
Died: Sep. 12, 2003
Buried in Hendersonville Memory Gardens in Hendersonville, TN

One of the most distinctive voices ever in modern music was that of Johnny Cash. Up until his death from complications from diabetes at the age of 71, Cash continued to stay active musically. In his last four months, he worked on and completed over 60 songs. The “Man in Black” is laid to rest directly beside his wife, June Carter Cash, near their former home in Hendersonville.

4. Keith Whitley

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Born: Jul. 1, 1955
Died: May 9, 1989
Buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville, TN

Keith Whitley made a huge impact on country music, even though his career was cut tragically short. At the age of 34, Whitley died from alcohol poisoning after a long battle with alcoholism and depression. Next to his grave is an empty plot for his wife and fellow country star Lorrie Morgan. Even 25 years after his death, his grave site is still one of the most visited in Nashville today.

3. Little Jimmy Dickens

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Born: Dec. 19, 1920
Died: Jan. 2, 2015
Interred at Cross Mausoleum in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville, TN

The most recent famous addition to Woodlawn Memorial Park is the Grand Ole Opry’s legendary Little Jimmy Dickens, who died of cardiac arrest on January 2nd, 2015. His funeral, held in the Grand Ole Opry House, was packed with both fans and country stars who came to pay tribute to one of the most charismatic and unforgettable entertainers in country music.

2. Patsy Cline

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Wikimedia Commons/Missvain

Born: September 8, 1932
Died: March 6, 1963
Buried in Shenandoah Memorial Park in Winchester, Virginia

One of the biggest tragedies in country music was the death of Patsy Cline from a plane crash on March 5, 1963. Her grave is located in a cemetery, which also houses a bell tower that plays hymns on the hour of her death in her honor every day.

1. George Jones

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Born: September 12, 1931
Died: April 26, 2013
Buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville, TN

With his distinctive melodies and unmistakable sound, “The Possum” delivered over 150 hit songs during his long career. In 2013, Jones died from hypoxic respiratory failure after years of health problems. Seven months after his death, this large monument was added to his grave site and is now one of the most visited monuments in Nashville.

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