Prominent Tennesseans Who Died in 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Notable deaths in Tennessee in 2011:
— Lamar Fike, Jan. 21. A member of Elvis Presley’s inner circle.
— Charlie Louvin, Jan. 26. Singer and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
— Bob Swansbrough, Feb. 1. Political science professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
— Ferlin Husky, March 17. Singer of “Wings of a Dove.”
— Jill F. Hudson Green, March 27. Longtime employee of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.
— Mel McDaniel, March 30. Country music singer.
— Larry Finch, April 2. Former basketball player and head coach at Memphis State.
— Ned McWherter, April 4. Former governor.
— Dr. Ray H. Hughes Sr., April 4. Three-time president of Lee College.
— Mason Rudolph, April 18. Longtime professional golfer.
— Ben Elton Cox of Jackson, June 12. Freedom Rider.
— Mike Barrett of Nashville, Aug. 8, Gold medal-winning member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic basketball team.
— Billy Grammer, Aug. 10. Longtime Grand Ole Opry performer.
— Adolpho A. Birch, Aug. 25. First black chief justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court.
— J.D. McLin, Sept. 3. Judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
— Wilma Lee Cooper, Sept. 13. Longtime Grand Ole Opry performer.
— Bob Conger, Sept. 20. Mayor of Jackson from 1967 to 1989.
— Johnny Wright, Sept. 27. Country music pioneer and husband of singer Kitty Wells.
— Alfred Knight, Oct. 10. Nashville attorney and expert on open government law.
— Taz DiGregorio, Oct. 12. Co-writer of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and Charlie Daniels band member.
— Barbara Orbison, Dec. 6, widow of singer Roy Orbison and Nashville music executive.
— Dobie Gray, Dec. 6. Singer of pop hit “Drift Away.”

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