Charlie Louvin

Born in Section, AL on July 7, 1927

Departed on January 26, 2011 and resided in Wartrace, TN

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LOUVIN, Charlie – Age 83 of Wartrace, TN. January 26, 2011. Mr. Louvin was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of Ohio, and Alabama Hall of Fame. He was also a 32 Degree Shriner, and a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church in Henager, AL. Survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Betty Louvin; children, Sonny Louvin, Ken Louvin Cheryl, Glenn Louvin Chris; grandchildren, Kimberly Clutter Tom, Kelly Louvin, Alex Louvin, Cassidy Louvin, and Cade Louvin; sisters, Flo Lauderdale, Aileen Parker, and Gerri McDonald. Funeral service will be 1:30pm Sunday at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home with burial to follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 11am – 4pm Saturday and 1 hour prior to the service on Sunday. HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 615-646-9292. www.afamilylegacy.com

72 Comments to Charlie Louvin

  1. Jim Whitaker
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Betty, Sonny, and all, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Charlie for a great number of years and treasured him. Please let me know if I can assist you in any way. God Bless

  2. Don
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    I FONDLY REMEMBER ATTENDING SOME BLUE GRASS FESTIVALS ON SAND MTN SEVERAL YEARS BACK AND HAVING ALOT OF FUN. TALKING TO CHARLIE WAS CERTAINLY A PLEASURE. GOD BLESS CHARLIE AND FAMILY.

  3. Mrs Sheb Wooley
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Sheb and I always loved and respected Charlie. He will be missed on this earth…but celebrated in Heaven with alot of his friends including SHEB WOOLEY and JOHNNY RUSSELL. Be comforted in HIS NAME LORD.

  4. Les and Dot Leverett
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Charlie is a friend of over fifty years. He used to come by the house every so often with a crate of oranges or a half gallon of his beloved sand mountain syrup,knowing I was from Alabama also and loved that syrup. He has
    been dear to our hearts, and the world is a not going to be the same
    without his presence. May God bless and comfort Betty and the boys.

  5. Sheila Wooten
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    The staff and management of WNKX KiX96fm in Centerville, TN sends our love and prayers. Mr. Charlie was loved by many here. When he came to see Mr. Charlie Garner, he always hugged me and told me he loved me. We will continue playing his music…we will keep his memory alive. God bless.

  6. Howard Lofton
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    May you find comfort knowing that Mr.Charlie will no longer be in pain .Our hearts go out to the family . May God Bless you all Howard

  7. Ed Gowens
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Charlie was one of the finest people I have ever met. He was a friend to all. If the world had a few more people like Charlie Louvin, it would be a much better place. May god bless you and your family Mr Louvin, you will be missed

    Your friend and fan,
    Ed Gowens songwriter

  8. Shirley Burks
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    I met Charlie and Betty about seven years ago great people Betty my prayers are with you

  9. Twang Thang Music
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing man. We take comfort in knowing he has joined God’s Great Country Choir and his star will shine even brighter now.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. God Bless !
    Randy & Cheryl Hayford

  10. Dave Burgess
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    America has lost a great man in Charlie Louvin. I will always treasure the time I spent with the Louvin family.
    Miss Betty our prayers are with you and your family. I will always be grateful to Sonny for his friendship and introducing me to you and Mr.Charlie. I can only imagine how trilled the Angels must be to hear the Louvin Brothers singing together again.
    May God keep you all in His everlasting arms. Dave & Narie Burgess

  11. Corey Guthrie
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    I want to send my prayers and condolences to ya’ll, i know how it is, i just lost my grandmother last week myself, and i always made a point to support my boys from my home state, and i had started listening to Faron Young but i now decided as a personal tribute i am going to play the entire Louvin Brothers box set that Bear Family has put out, again i am very sorry, just remember he’s not suffering anymore and he gets to sing with Ira again

  12. Donna Ray, Ed Gowens, Tim Hicks
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    We met Charlie in Winchester TN 2009 Jamboree By The Lake and had the Honor of performing with Charlie on stage there. Our memories of Charlie will deeply forever hold a loving memory in our hearts. May the Lord be with your family and quide you with his love. Charlie Lovin will always be Country Musics Pioneer. I’ll never forget those Blue Eyes, God Bless You All.

  13. Chris Hill
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    I have had the privilege of calling Charlie and his family friends for a few years now and I love them all dearly. I will cherish all the times I spent with him whether it was on stage or just hanging out at his home or favorite restaurant. I have shed many tears today but I know he is no longer suffering and that he and Ira are together again. I love you Charlie and we will miss you. Prayers and love to Betty and the family.

  14. Buddy
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    R.I.P. Charlie.

  15. Bob Mangham
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Now is a good time to believe……

  16. michael jones
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    we seen him in columbus ohio a few years ago.he was with the opry.vince gill was with him.he took time to talk to everbody.0ur thought and prayer are with you.go rest high on that mountain charlie

  17. Richard McMullins
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Charlie, you will be greatly missed. You have always been such an important person to my family Norris Family. My days as a child at the Louvin Brothers Park when my grandparents helped you there are days that I will cherish throughout my life. Thank you for all that you have done and for all the precious memories.

  18. Pat Wortner
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    One of the truly great legends in country music. He will be missed.

    Pat W.

  19. Jerry Braswell
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    I met Charlie back in the early sixties. I had the pleasure of working one of my first professional gigs with Charlie in Atlanta, Ga. I would be listening to him sing and forget to play. He told me he needed a player not a listener. I really enjoyed hearing his talent. I will miss his friendship. My prayers go out to Sonny and the whole family,

  20. Tracy Pitcox
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Charley was truly a great legend. One of my fondest memories is having Charley on the air with me one Friday night for four hours solid. I then rode with him to Junction, Texas, to catch up with Justin Tubb, Johnny Duncan, Johnny Bush and Bill Mack. Spending three hours in his little pickup and soaking up his stories finished off a day that I will never forget. He was a great performer, but most of all a great man.

  21. Shirley Burks
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    god took a wonderful man

  22. Jeff Michael
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Thoughts and Prayers are with Betty and the who;e family. Charlie will live on thru the music he has left for all of us to enjoy.

  23. Brenda Clarke
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Betty,Sonny,Ken,and Glenn, my sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you today.I hope you will be comforted in knowing Charlie was loved,respected,and revered by so many people, many of whom never met him, but loved his music. My love to all of you, Brenda

  24. Cliff "RED" Rebel Haning
    January 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Betty ,Sonny and family my heart goes out to you. I will keep you in my prayers and if you need anything just let me know. My health won’t let me come down so all I can say is we have all lost a very good man.
    Love to all
    Red Rebel

  25. Tom Andresen
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    A true legend is gone. He will be missed.

  26. Wanda Clark
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    My heart is broken tonight! Charlie Louvin was my good sweet Friend & Hero! I met Charlie the first time in 1985, backstage at the “Grand Ole Opry”. I’d watched him as a small girl and now, was meeting him in person. Since 1986, almost every year, I came to Nashville and would met Charlie at Shoney’s, then, he would invite me to follow him to the back-into the “Opry”, an graciously taking me in as his ‘Guest’. This was Charlie Louvin..helping this small time Country Singer enjoy her dream of being at the “Opry” around the Stars, sharing a part of the his world as a ‘Legend’. Charlie was my Friend, whom I respected and was so grateful for his kindness he showed me so many times over, just because he knew how special it was to me. YES, I was Blessed to have known Charlie Louvin, a Great Man with a big Heart and a great Voice. Thanks to Charlie and the great memories of all our visits. Country Music has lost one of the Greatest true Country Legends. He will be missed but NEVER forgot. I’ll miss my Friend so much. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Betty, Sonny and all the Louvin Family. May God Bless you….
    Wanda Clark, Mesquite, Tx

  27. Ricky Lonergan
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    I will miss Charlie . He is singing in heaven now. He loved the opry .

  28. chris foust
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    you will be missed, i am so glad to say i met a great man and singer, a true country legend, you’re music will play on

  29. Jane E Wilson
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    When my 24 year old son was around 6 or 7 Mr Louvin had the Louvin Brother museum in Bell Buckle. My husband and I were in there and my son got tired so Mr. Louvin asked if he could take Josh to get ice cream at the ice cream parlor around the corner. Of course I said yes. Josh had no idea who Mr Louvin was but when people stopped him to shake his hand Josh knew something was important about him. To this day Josh still tells people about getting ice cream with Mr. Louvin the Grand Ole Opry Star!! Thanks Mr. Louvin for such a special memory for all of us. Rest in Peace Gods precious one.

  30. Susan McBride
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    I never got to meet Mr. Louvin personally but grew up listening to his music which was really great.
    My thoughts and prayers to his family and God bless you Charlie. May you forever sing in Heaven

  31. Valeri Osbon Allen
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    I’ll miss you Charlie. Thank you for the wonderful memories. Rest in peace. To be absent from the body and present with the Lord. II Corinthians 5:8

  32. Buddy Poole
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    I first met Charlie in 1969 at WTIK Radio in Durham, NC…He stopped by early one morning when I was doing the morning show and was on the air with me…After that he always remembered me when I would come backstage at the Opry.Gentle, kind and a great entertainer.
    Thanks for the memories Charlie
    Buddy Poole
    Salisbury, NC

  33. Craig Stevens
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    Story I heard him tell at a show: Emmy Lou Harris once asked him who was the woman singing the high harmonies on the Louvin Brothers records, He answered, “That was my brother Ira.” Rest in Peace, Mr. Louvin. Peace to his family and friends.

  34. Ed & Fran Anderson
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    Our condolences to the family and many friends of Charlie. We had the pleasure of meeting Charlie several times when we visited his museum inside of Rudi’s. Once I was talking with him when he was sitting on the little stage that was in there, and my wife was sitting at the lunch counter, and Charlie said Miss Fran while you’re not doing anything, would you hand me that ashtray. Another time we were sitting on the bench outside when Charlie pulled up in the parking lot, and was walking toward us, when he turned around and walked back to his car looking for something, we asked him if anything was wrong, he said he lost his car keys, we helped him look for them for about 10 minutes, and he found them in his pockets. We will miss seeing him.

  35. PHYLLIS KIPER
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    My late husband, Kenny Kiper, and I did a video for Charlie. He was so wonderful to work with. In the ’70’s we managed a boat dock in H’ville. Roy visited there often. He will be missed.

  36. Gary & Dorothy Loudermilk
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s family. He was a “precious jewel” and we’ll all miss him.

  37. TONYA & IRA HOBDY
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    THANKS FOR BEING OUR FRIEND! THANKS FOR MAKING US FEEL LIKE FAMILY & MOST OF ALL, THANKS FOR ALL THE MEMORIES!
    WE LOVE YOU CHARLIE & WILL MISS YOU DEARLY!
    LOVE & PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY!
    TONYA & IRA HOBDY

  38. TONYA HOBDY
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    THANKS FOR BE OUR FRIEND! YOU WERE A GREAT MAN! WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU! THANKS FOR MAKING US FEEL LIKE FAMILY & THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

  39. Colin Nairne
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    Our condolences to Charlie’s family. He will be missed.
    Macklam Feldman Management

  40. JAMES ROCKWELL
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    I grew up listening to charlie and loved his music. To the loudermilk
    family May GOD bless you in this time of sorrow and hold you in the palm of his hand.

  41. JAMES ROCKWELL
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    I grew up listening to charlie and loved his music. To the loudermilk family may
    GOD bless you in this time of sorrow and
    hold you in the palm of his hand.

  42. mchael jones
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    charlie go rest high on that moutain.your work is done.you are in thought,s and prayer

  43. PAUL & HELEN MATEKI
    January 27, 2011 12:00 am

    Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers for his family. He was a wonderful man and great, great artist. God Bless you Charlie for all you did for Country music…keep singing in heaven. xoxo

  44. Barry C. Taul
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    The Louvin family remains in our thoughts and prayers.

  45. Susan Marlene Hawkins Gilliam
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    It hurts my heart to hear that another GREAT entertainer has left us..one that was back in the Opry with my Dad, the late Hawkshaw Hawkins. Every time we lose another one of the greats…it is almost like losing Daddy again. My love and prayers are with Charlie’s family and his many, many fans. Charlie, you, Daddy and all the other greats…Have a Great Reunion Celebration in Heaven!

  46. Rosemary Otero
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    I feel a great loss that Charlie has left us, but the music he gave to the world will be a lasting and beautiful legacy. My deepest sympathies to the Louvin family. My heart and thoughts are with you.

  47. Sue Hudson
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    Thoughts and prayers to the Louvin family.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Sue Hudson

  48. Randall Franks
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    I send to Miss Betty and all the family my sincere prayers for comfort and strength in the coming days ahead.
    Charlie encouraged me in my music as a youth and continued that spirit throughout my encounters with him especially during my years of work in Nashville around our Grand Ole Opry family.
    Blessings, Randall Franks
    “Officer Randy Goode”
    TV’s “In the Heat of the Night”

  49. David A. Boley
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    It is with great sadness to here of the passing of Charlie Louvin. Being from Alabama,I am proud and blessed to have known Charlie and call this Alabama Native my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the Louvin Family. I’ve allways said, Charlie wrote the book for singer/songwriters and in my opinion he also wrote the book on “CLASS”
    David A. Boley
    Executive Director
    Alabama Bluegrass Music
    Hall of Fame

  50. Jimmy from "mulberry"
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    Charlie was one that after the first meeting you were a friend. I learned so much from the person he was. He was so giving with his talent and himself. What memories I have for the rest of my life thanks to Charlie. Thank you Betty for sharing him with the world! I was blessed to go with Charlie to his last performance on the Opry Ryman Nov 9th 2010. Attached is a photo I took that night. Charlie was the soul of country music and a friend to us all. Thank you Charlie, I miss you!
    Jimmy “mulberry”

  51. LaRue & Farianne
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear this. LaRue mom just spoke with Sonny on Monday and Charlie was napping on the sofa. We both remember Charlie and Betty coming down to Buckley’s between Opry shows – way back when it was still at the Ryman. Too many memories to mention. Our thoughts go out to the family. Take care of each other.
    LaRue Moore
    & Farianne

  52. Daniel Thimell
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    Back in 1995 I first discovered Louvin Brothers music when Charie was interviewed on National Public Radio and samples of their high close harmony were played. I thought I was transported to heaven! Since then I’ve gotten and treasured every recording by the Louvin Brothers and by Charlie I could find. I was privileged to talk with him a couple of times and found him to be humble and gracious. I saw him perform at Midnight Jamboree and and Just Pools in St. Louis. When he sang, he put his whole heart and soul into it. A remarkable voice, a wonderful spirit, and a deep faith. I will miss Charlie, but “the angels rejoiced in heaven last night.” May God comfort you, Betty, Sonny, and the rest of the family. Dan

  53. Dale Moore
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    My memories go back to when Charlie was working on the Louvin Brothers Music Park in Henegar,
    Al. My Mother Marchie WhitmoreMoore and Aileen went to school together, and when Charlie and Betty sat in My Mom and Dad’s living room back then he had lots of stories to tell about their childhood. He never forgot where he came from and his roots were strong and steadfast. They visited Mom & Dad when they were out from Nashville. You must know Betty that, “time will never heal the hurt of the loss, it only makes it easier to cope with.” Well Charlie if you see Mom up there, tell her I said hello. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

  54. Mary Anderson
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    Thanks for all of the good memories I had seeing you & your brother at the Grand Ole Opry as I was growing up!! Will miss all of you which has passed when I move back to Nashville going to the Opry. RIP

  55. Dale Moore
    January 28, 2011 12:00 am

    My memories go back to when Charlie was working on the Louvin Brothers Music Park in Henegar,
    Al. My Mother Marchie WhitmoreMoore and Aileen went to school together, and when Charlie and Betty sat in My Mom and Dad’s living room back then he had lots of stories to tell about their childhood. He never forgot where he came from and his roots were strong and steadfast. They visited Mom & Dad when they were out from Nashville. You must know Betty that, “time will never heal the hurt of the loss, it only makes it easier to cope with.” Well Charlie if you see Mom up there, tell her I said hello. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

  56. Tim Michaels
    January 29, 2011 12:00 am

    Country music has lost a great entertainer and a great man.
    I always appreciated his time doing
    radio interviews with me, and it
    was a great pleasure to bring he and Stonewall Jackson to a show here in York, PA just a few years ago. My sympathies to Charlies family in this difficult time.
    God Bless you all

  57. Lamar
    January 29, 2011 12:00 am

    I will miss you, my dear friend.

  58. Sheree Norris Murray
    January 29, 2011 12:00 am

    The memories of you will stay in my heart forever.

  59. Buford R. Kegley
    January 29, 2011 12:00 am

    Charlie was a friend and a great entertainer.We performed on the same stage a few times,and he was a guest on my radio show quite often.All his many fans around the world will miss him but will always have great memories of him and his music.

  60. Terry Hupp
    January 29, 2011 12:00 am

    I had the honor of playing with Charlie Louvin a few years ago during a vist to Nashville when our group New Terrain played there at the Texas Troubadour Theatre. He will be very much missed by a lot of fellow musicians. But I know he is at peace and smiling down on us. I send yuu my condolences and May God be with you for your loss. We will remember his accomplishments he achieved during his life here on earth and yet we know he has begun a brand new life with our Father in heaven. May God be with all of you.

  61. Roy McCoy
    January 29, 2011 12:00 am

    Our prayers are with Miss Betty and the Louvin family. I was blessed to know Charlie for the last ten years. He was truly a special person, and he will be missed.

  62. J. D. Oliver
    January 30, 2011 12:00 am

    Our Love and Prayers go out to Betty Louvin and the Louvin Family.

    We are here if you ever need anything. It has been a pleasure being involved in Charlie’s Museum here at the Smoke House.

    Love J.D. and Betsy Oliver, and the whole Smoke House Gang here in Monteagle.

  63. Brenda benoit
    January 30, 2011 12:00 am

    Our deepest sympathies to Betty and the louvin family. My memories of Charlie are from first meeting him at louvin brothers museum on music valley drive.he would get up on the little stage and sing his heart out for all of us,then he would visit with everyone.these memories we will cherish forever.we went back year after year to the museum.Charlie will be sadly missed !

  64. Sandy Weber
    January 30, 2011 12:00 am

    In a 2003 interview with Kyle Cantrell, Charlie said he wanted to be remembered as “a good neighbor.” With the stories I have heard about all the times and ways in which he gave a helping hand, I have no doubt that he accomplished that. Yes, his music and the memories live on…but I’ll never stop wishing he was still here with us. My deepest condolences to Betty, his sons, extended family, and friends.

  65. George Sinclair
    January 30, 2011 12:00 am

    Charlie’s music was always a big part of my musical career playing the Louvin tunes in Honky Tonks and Dance Halls for the audiences’ enjoyment.I was fortunate to have sung harmony with Charlie a few years ago at a Benefit for another Musician. He was a caring humanitarian. Charlie May be gone but will never be forgotten by fellow musicians, fans and friends alike. God Bless the Louvin Family.

  66. Evan Spencer
    January 30, 2011 12:00 am

    Charlie will be truley missed. God be with the Louvin family.

  67. Debby Delmore
    January 30, 2011 12:00 am

    Alton & Rabon Delmore loved the Louvin Brothers!
    God Bless The Family!

  68. Varina Woodgeard
    January 30, 2011 12:00 am

    The country has lost another legend. He will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

  69. Dave Lawson
    February 1, 2011 12:00 am

    Charlie, you and Ira made the perfect duo. I wish it had lasted longer as a duo. “When I Stop Dreaming” will ALWAYS be THE country song of my life! I will miss you.

  70. Linda Daniels
    February 4, 2011 12:00 am

    Charlie had a beautiful voice even in his old age. I love to listen to his songs. But we do have a hope of the resurrection which we can see our love one again.

  71. Roxanne Casey
    February 11, 2011 12:00 am

    I had the pleasure of chatting with Charlie on the phone a couple of years ago and of course I have always played and will continue to play his fabulous songs.

  72. Majdouline
    August 22, 2012 12:00 am

    photography was number one on our wdnideg to do list as I’ve been interested in it as a subject for many years, you met every expectation and exceeding them way beyond our wildest dreams. You have an incredible gift and I am green with envy at your ability to capture pictures that hold so much emotion and character. Thank you so much for being our photographer, the experience wouldn’t have been the same without you, it makes me want to so it all again looking at these pictures for the 14th time today although I’m not sure Steve would be happy with me committing bigamy just so I can have more pictures taken by you!Claire