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Cowboy Copas, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes

Fans & Celebrities to Honor the Memory of
Cowboy Copas, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes
Memorial Event Planned for 50th Anniversary of Tragic Plane Crash 
GBNF Complete logo.jpgNashville, TNA steering committee has been established in the city of Camden, Tennessee in Benton County to overesee plans for the 50th anniversary memorial honoring the victims of a tragic plane crash that took the lives of Grand Ole Opry stars Cowboy Copas, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and pilot, Randy Hughes on March 5th, 1963.
Named GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, the memorial event will be held February 28 – March 2, 2013 in Benton County and will honor the legacy of all four of the lives lost.
A worldwide call has been issued for memorabilia to be donated or loaned
to the city of Camden in order to create a museum quality exhibit as
part of the memorial event. Organizers are seeking records, photographs,
newspaper and magazine articles and other memorabilia to place on
display and possibly become part of a permanent museum.
At the time of their deaths, Copas, Cline and Hawkins were all revered as Country Music icons. On
what remains one of the darkest days in country music history, the
private plane carrying the stars, as well as Cline’s manager Randy
Hughes, crashed near Camden, Tennessee, killing all on board. The four
were returning from Kansas City, where they had taken part in a benefit
concert for the family of Cactus Jack Call who had been killed in an
automobile accident. At the time of the crash, Hawkshaw Hawkins was
married to Jean Shepard who is still a regular Grand Ole Opry performer.
Committee
members include Ron Lane, manager of WRJB/WFWL, Bill Randall Kee,
director of the Benton County/Camden Chamber of Commerce, and Terry
Hudson, former Benton County Circuit Court Clerk and former radio
personality. Others interested in serving on the committee are invited
to contact any committee member.
Bill
Anderson, Jan Howard, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jr. and Mandy Barnett are
slated to appear with other stars expected to be added. Live
performances, panel discussions, memorabilia displays and other events
will culminate with a concert and a candlelight vigil at the crash site
on Saturday evening. 

A facebook page has been set up for fans to follow news leading up to the anniversary tribute, and to share their own comments. www.facebook.com/remember1963

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