March 18, 2019 / 8:33 PM

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Tammy Wynette's grave once again features performer's stage name


Woodlawn Cross Mausoleum in Nashville is perhaps the most revered final resting place for members of the country music genre. George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Porter Wagoner and more are now laid to rest in the facility. Tammy Wynette is another renowned name interred at Woodlawn, and fans may be able to find her final resting place, now that the name on the grave has been changed to "Tammy Wynette." 

The country star's daughters were involved in a lengthy campaign to change the name on the grave after it was switched to "Viriginia Wynette Richardson" during 2012. That was Wynette's legal name while married to her fifth husband, George Richardson. After Richardson's death during 2010 (Wynette passed during 1998), his daughter Deidre Richardson Hale changed the name on Wynette's grave to reflect the marriage to her own father. Wynette's daughters thought the name would be changed to her maiden name, Virginia Wynette Pugh, but were appalled at what ended up happening. 

Wynette's daughters launched a Facebook group-titled "A Restoration" Tammy Wynette's Name and Legacy-to push for the change back to "Tammy Wynette," and more than 3,700 country music fans jumped onboard. Daughter Jackie Daly credits the support from fans as the straw that broke the camel's back, resulting in the change of name. She and her sisters were prepared to seek a court order to have the name changed, but that didn't prove necessary. 

"She worked very hard and long her whole life for that name," fellow daughter Georgette Jones Lennon said. "That's who she believed she was. That is who she was."

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