Hee Haw’s Ramona Jones Passes Away at 91

Hee Haw’s Ramona Jones Passes Away at 91

Award-winning fiddler, radio and television star, and former wife of Hee Haw mainstay Grandpa Jones, Ramona Jones passed away on Tuesday (Nov. 17) at the age of 91 in Goodlettsville, Tenn.

Born Ramona Riggins of Raglesville, Ind., the multi-instrumentalist frequently appeared on Hee Haw and the Grand Ole Opry as Grandpa’s duet partner, and together they performed overseas for troops during the Korean Conflict. The couple married in 1946 and had four children—Marsha, Eloise, Mark and Alisa.

In addition to her role as wife and duet partner, Ramona recorded three solo albums, published a cookbook (Ramona Jones Recipes) and wrote an autobiography, Make Music While You Can.

Louis Marshall “Grandpa” Jones passed away in 1998 and several years later Ramona married Methodist pastor Eugene Gober.

Ramona is survived by her husband, Gene, and children Eloise, Mark and Alisa, along with grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

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