WKU Public Radio News Staff
Arts & Culture
Tue February 18, 2014
Henderson County Honors Native Son Grandpa Jones
The Kentucky Historical Society has approved a proposed highway marker to honor country music legend Louis "Grandpa" Jones at his birthplace.
Linda Hallmark, vice-president of the Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society, says the approval will allow the group to start fundraising for the project, which is expected to cost about $2,500.
Jones was born on October 20, 1913 in the Niagara community of Henderson County. He began performing in the 1920's, joined the Grand Old Opry in 1946 and was a beloved cast member of the TV show "Hee Haw". He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978 and into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2002. He died in 1998.