|George Jones Gravesite – photo by Jessica Bray|
When you think of Nashville, you think of the sights and sounds of tourist attractions. However, what lies beneath the city are those country music legends that are no longer with us today. There are several cemeteries throughout Nashville that welcome fans and even have information available to help locate famous graves.
Something interesting to note is that Tammy Wynette’s grave in the mausoleum originally had her stage name, Tammy Wynette, on it. Then it was changed by her husband to Virginia Richardson. In 2015, Georgette Jones, the daughter of George Jones & Tammy Wynette, was able to restore it back to Tammy Wynette.
|Virginia W. Richardson, better known as Tammy Wynette Gravesite in 2014 – photo by Jessica Bray|
|Tammy Wynette Grave in 2016 with name restored back to her stage name – photo by Jessica Bray|
|Lynn Anderson Grave – photo by Jessica Bray|
|Little Jimmy Dickens’ Grave – photo by Jessica Bray|
Since 1785, Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery has been a Nashville landmark. Located at 5110 Gallatin Road at Briley Parkway, the cemetery is home to many notable grave sites. Among those buried include Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, George Morgan, Keith Whitley, Gilbert “Speck” Rhodes, Floyd Cramer, Jimmy Martin, John Hartford, Dean Manuel, Clifton Beverly Briley, Bunny Biggs, Billy Walker, Pete Drake, Louise Scruggs, Johnny Wright, and more.
|Jimmy Martin gravesite – photo by Jessica Bray|
|Keith Whitley’s gravesite – photo by Jessica Bray|
|Roy Acuff – photo by Jessica Bray|
|Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash Graves – photo by Jessica Bray|
In Gallatin, you can visit Conway Twitty in the Sumner Memorial Gardens. Be sure to look for Harold Jenkins in the outside mausoleum.
|Conway Twitty gravesiite – photo by Jessica Bray|
Originally known as “The Voice,” Vern Gosdin is located at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.
|Vern Gosdin gravesite – photo by Jessica Bray|
Even in death, many country music celebrities still make an impact in others’ lives as they pay their respects to these legends
Jessica Bray is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.