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Porter Wayne WAGONER
August 12, 1927   -   October 28, 2007

Obituary posted by : Patsy Jo REED Sircy ,  friend   
Person Description
Porter Wagoners’ broad smile, flashy costume and
memorable songs are the very image of a country music star. Indeed, he is an icon in the music industry. "Rhinestone suits are just beautiful under the lights," he said. "They've become a big part of my career. Porter started in radio, then became a regular on the "Ozark Jubilee," one of the first televised national country music shows. On the Opry since 1957, according to AP, he recalled that he spent hours as a child pretending to be an Opry performer, using a tree stump as a stage. He helped launch the career of 21 year old Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner, and the two were CMA duo of the year in 1970 & 1971, with unforgetable hits!
Preceeded by wife, Ruth Williams Wagoner, parents, Charles and Bertha, and brothers Oscar and Glen Lee Wagoner, he is survived by son, Richard W. Wagoner and dau. Debra (Mike) Loy of Nashville, dau. Denise M. Wagoner pf Mt. Juliet TN; six grandchildren, Christina, Shelley, Gabriel, Alisa, Brittany and Shannon; great granddaughter, Alexius; sisters, Lola Brandt and Lorraine Hall both of MO; nieces and nephews, Diana and Dwayne Hall, Jan Muzquiz, Betty, Kent and Mark Slaughter.
His recent illness of lung cancer came after a comeback that saw him recording again, gaining new fans even as he reached his 80s. In May 2007 he celebrated his 50th year in the Opry, also he signed with ANTI- Records of Los Angeles.
The CD "Wagonmaster," produced with Marty Stuart released in June 2007 earned Wagoner some of the
best reviews of his career. Over the summer, he also opened for rock duo White Stripes at a sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden. He was surrounded by family and close friends, and is loved by fans around the world.
Service Information
Services will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday,
November 1, 2007 at the Opry House. Interment to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Active Pallbearers will be Tony Dillard, John L. Morris, Gabe Kelton, Michael L. Loy, L.D. Money and Fred Newell.
Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the
Grand Ole Opry, Don Warden and the Wagonmasters,
Little Jimmy Dickens, Hal Durham, Jerry Strobel,
Bob Whitaker, E.W. Wendell, Jack Vaughn, Collin Reed, Steve Buchanan, Pete Fisher, Keith ilbrey, Harold Hensley, Eddie Stubbs, Ralph Emery, Lloyd Wells, Marty Stuart, Jimmy Capps, Moe Lytle and Merle Haggard. Fans welcome. - Visitation with the family will be held Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. at WOODLAWN-ROESCH-PATTON FUNERAL HOME, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN, (615) 383-4754. memorials may be made to The Residence at Alive Hospice or the Opry Trust Fund.

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