Inez Hellmann (nee Kerr), a long-time resident of La Grange died
Thursday, Jan.7 at Forest Springs Health Campus at the age of 91.
As Connie Hall, she enjoyed brief success as a country music singer
and songwriter in the late 1950s and 1960s. She had several hits with various
music labels, including "It's Not Wrong" and "Fool Me Once" and performed on
the Grand Ole Opry, Louisiana Hayride and Midwestern Hayride.
Over the years she met and become friends with many country singers, including
Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn, Ernest Tubb and Bill Anderson to name a few. At the
height of her career she was recognized as a Kentucky Colonel.
Hall kept in touch with the music world in later years through the Country Music Foundation.
She contributed a substantial country music record collection to the Foundation's
museum as well as a quilt she made which bears the autographs of 42 country stars,
including one of the last signatures of Jim Reeves. In June 1973 she was inducted
into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
For the next two decades she worked for Centerfield Elementary School.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, John, her son John Jr. (JoAnn),
grandchildren Tony and Jennifer, and great-grandsons Roman and Julian. Long-time
neighbors and friends Theresa and Kenny went above and beyond in the past few years
to assist both her and her husband.
There will be no funeral service. Interment will be at Valley of Rest in La Grange,
Kentucky. Remembrances may be made at https://www.dignitymemorial.com.
Published in The Oldham Era from Jan. 14 to Jan. 21, 2021.
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