MERLE KILGORE DEAD AT AGE 70

Condolences to the family of Merle Kilgore, the legendary songwriter of the country classics "Wolverton Mountain" and "Ring Of Fire," and longtime manager of Hank Williams, Jr. Merle died Feb. 6 from congestive heart failure onset from medical complications related to ongoing treatment for cancer over the last few months. When Hank Williams, Jr. was reached by phone with the news of his manager's passing, he was unable to make an immediate statement, according to Merle's publicist, Kirt Webster. Merle is survived by his wife, Judy, sons Steve and Duane Kilgore, daughters, Pam Compton, Kim Pomeroy, and Shane McBee, 8 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

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