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HANK WILLIAMS

In front of the Oak Hill library on Main Street is a bronze plaque erected in honor of one of country music's all-time greats. As fate would have it, Oak Hill, West Virginia would be the last stop for this young man.

In the early morning hours of January 1, 1953, a pale blue Cadillac stopped at Glen Burdette's 24-hour Pure Oil service station. The driver, 18-year old Charles Carr, had become confused and stopped to ask directions. Carr, a freshman at Auburn University on Christmas break, was picking up a little extra spending money by driving his sleeping passenger from Knoxville, Tennessee to Canton, Ohio. Carr tried unsuccessfully to wake the man who had been asleep in the back seat. He then went to the station to ask for help. When Burdette also couldn't wake the man, he feared the worst and called the police. Patrolman Howard Janey arrived in a few minutes and drove the Cadillac to Oak Hill hospital. At 6:00 AM, Dr. Diego Nunniri pronounced the 29-year-old man dead. Hank Williams had passed into eternity. But, he had created a body of work that would live on until today.

There is an effort being made to start a Hank Williams museum in Oak Hill.