Known for being one of the greatest country music singers of all time, Hank Williams career rose and fell in such a short span but his legacy has lived on. Passing away suddenly at the age of 29, Hank Williams music and fans have long held their popularity. His burial site in Montgomery, Alabama is marked for visitors to pay tribute to the once “King of Country Music”.
Born Hiram “Hank” Williams in the small town of Mount Olive, Alabama in 1923, this future country music star would grow up with humble beginnings. After his father fell ill and was hospitalized in 1930, his mother took control of the family. They moved to Greenville, Alabama where she opened a boarding house.
Later in Williams’ childhood, he also lived in Garland, Georgiana and Montgomery, Alabama. Although he never learned to read music, Hank Williams began performing in downtown Montgomery at the age of 14.
Soon after getting his name known around Montgomery, Hank got a gig to perform a short show on the local radio station. From there he went on to form his first band, The Drifting Cowboys.
His popularity took off and his mother began working as his manager. Soon after he was booking and performing all over the southeast.
Hank married Audrey Shepperd in 1944 and the couple had a one son, Hank Williams Jr. Even though the couple divorced in 1952, she is buried beside him in Montgomery.
Hank Williams passed away at the age of 29 in 1953 while on his way to a concert. His cause of death has been documented as a heart attack. His funeral in Montgomery saw over 25,000 people pay respects.
How to Visit
The Hank Williams and Audrey Williams Gravesite is located within Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama. The address is 1304 Upper Wetumpka Road.
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