Fundraising Falling Short for Grandpa Jones Marker

Jul 14, 2014

A group raising money to put up a historical marker honoring country music entertainer Louis "Grandpa" Jones at his Henderson County birthplace says it's been disappointed in the response so far.

The Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society had hoped to have the needed money in hand by now. Society vice president Linda Hallmark says the group is thankful for the $700 that's been raised so far, but the project's cost is $2,500.

The Kentucky Historical Society authorized the marker in February.

Jones was born on October 20, 1913 in the Niagara community in Henderson County. He began performing in the 1920s, joined the Grand Old Opry in Nashville in 1946 and was a cast member of the TV series "Hee Haw". He died in 1998.