Man who drove Hank Williams

Man
who drove Hank Williams on final tour dies at 79
Sometimes we miss or do not get news that is important in country
music, and even though this particular news is sad, it is very important to our
industry, because we lose another chapter in the life of Hank Williams Sr.s
career.  Thanks to my friend Ed Morris for alerting me of the passing of
Charles Carr.  Ed and I try to make sure that we send out the news from
the past that  is sometimes misplaced and country music fans miss these
important parts of our life.  Many times the news comes from another state
and never gets to the music industry media.
Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the family of Charles
Carr as they mourn the loss of their loved one.
MAY CHARLES SOUL REST IN THE PEACEFUL AND LOVING ARMS OF OUR
BLESSED SAVIOR.
(Nashville, TN-7.2.13) Charles Carr was remembered as a dear friend and an
honorable man after his death Monday morning was announced
.
But for most he will probably
always be known as the young man who was driving the blue Cadillac that carried
country star Hank Williams on his final journey. Williams died Jan. 1, 1953,
while he and Carr were on their way to a New Year’s Day concert in
Canton, Ohio.
Carr, a retired investor from
Montgomery, was 79, said his stepson, Don King.
Hank Williams was a friend of
Carr’s family, and Carr knew him well when Williams hired him to drive
him to Ohio. Carr was then a freshman at Auburn University. Carr told the Montgomery Advertiserin 2001
that he was asked about that fateful trip, which was plagued by terrible
weather, “at least once every week.”
Carr said that he was reluctant
to talk about Williams’ death for some time, but realized that Williams had
legions of fans as well as friends.
King said that his family was
always proud of the fact that Carr refused to make a profit from anything
connected with Williams’ death.
“He never wanted it to
appear as if he were trying to seem special or to gain anything from that
coincidence,” King said. “But as he became older, he began to
understand that this was a big part of American history, and he wanted to set
the record straight.”
Carr was always a friend to the
Hank Williams Museum, said museum director Beth Petty, who was saddened to hear
of Carr’s death.
“I have the utmost respect
for him,” Petty said. “Fans loved (Carr). He was always a crowd
favorite.”
Carr’s death follows the
late April death of Braxton Schuffert, 97, an original member of
Williams’ Drifting Cowboys band.

Services for Carr had not been
finalized as of press time.

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