Herman Webb sitting on the front porch at Butcher Holler. (Photo by AP Photo/Roger Alford)

On early Saturday morning, Herman Webb passed away after a serious illness at the age of 83. Born September 3, 1934 in Johnson County, Kentucky, Webb was the son of the late Melvin “Ted” Webb and Clara Marie (Ramey) Webb. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Jean (Blevins) Webb; and three brothers: Melvin Webb Jr, Willie (Jay Lee) Webb and Donald Ray Webb.

Herman is survived by three daughters: Madonna Kay Webb of Van Lear, Kentucky, Hermalee Webb of Jackson, Kentucky and Connie Denise Webb of Van Lear, Kentucky; four sisters: Loretta Lynn of Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, Peggy Sue Wright and Betty Ruth Hopkins both of Hendersonville, Tennessee and Brenda (Crystal Gayle) Gatzimos of Nashville, Tennessee; six grandchildren: Chad Eric Webb, Aimee Petty, Dale Lee Kuhn, Ted Burns McCoart, Keely Marie Hale and Sarah Beth McCoart; four great grandchildren: Ashlynn, Ella and Logan Kuhn and Abram Webb; extended family, Rodney Turner and friends, Mack and Misty Lowe.

Herman Webb was one of seven siblings and was also musically inclined. In 1976, he took over the reins of Webb’s Grocery and led the tours in the homeplace that many would learn about through the Coal Miner’s Daughter. Many would remember him for his kindness and stories of growing up while giving tours of the childhood home in Butcher Holler.  Take a look at our visit a few years ago of Butcher Holler, which included a visit with Herman.

Crystal Gayle provided comment via her Facebook page saying, “Some of you may know Herman from the countless tours he gave of the old home place in Kentucky or from his days performing with his band. He was a great musician! I called Herman ‘The Sheriff of Butcher Hollow.’ I even found him a badge to make it “official.” I know he is now and forever a sheriff in Heaven. We love and miss you, Herman!”

A public memorial service will be held 11:00am Saturday August 4, 2018 at the Mountain Arts Center, 50 Hal Rogers Drive, Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Johnson County Animal Shelter or the Mountain Arts Center by contacting the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, (606)789-8989. Arrangements are under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home.

Jessica Bray is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. Jessica has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite country music singers. She is a Kentucky Colonel, as well as a collector of Volkswagen and Gnome items. Most recently, she was named Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients for 2018.

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