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Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Life of Music --- June Carter Cash



Valerie June Carter, better known as June Carter Cash was born June 23, 1929. June was an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer ,comedian and author. She was born into the Carter family and became the second wife of Johnny Cash. June Carter Cash was all ready known in the entertainment world prior to marrying Cash. With her many talents such as playing guitar, banjo, harmonica and more as well as acting in several films and T.V. shows. A total of five grammy awards were won by June Carter Cash. She was also inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2003 she was listed as one of the Greatest Women in Country Music.

June Carter Cash was the daughter of Maybelle and Ezra Carter. The family lived in Maces Spring Virginia where her family performed country music. June started performing with the family around the age of 10. Groups such as Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, The Virginia Boys were just a few of the groups that the Carters were involved with. Sponsors such as "Red Star Flour", "Martha White" and more helped the groups succeed . When not performing music June performed some of her comedy in Aunt Polly.



June Carter married 3 times. She was a mother 3 times over, each with a new husband. All three children were successful in country music. June co-wrote "Times A Wastin" with her first husband Carl Smith. The marriage was short lived but a love child Rebecca Carlene Smith (Carlene Smith) June would later marry Edwin "Rip" Nix. Nix had been a football player, police officer and race car driver. The couple were blessed with a daughter Rosie in 1958. The couple divorced in 1966. Rosie lived on to be a country / rock singer but in 2003 passed Rose and D. Campbell another musician from an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning Propane heaters used to heat bus had built up a poison that would take both lives.



June Carter and her family knew Johnny Cash well. Together they had performed many years. At a show in Ontario Johnny popped the question and June Carter would answer with "I do" Franklin Kentucky March 1st would be the place and time the couple would be married. They would stay married until June passed just prior to Johnny's own. The only child the couple had John Carter Cash became a musician, songwriter and producer.



June Carter Cash supported SOS Children's Villages most of her life. The Cash's together donated money to have a village built near home in Barrett Town, Jamaica. Throughout her life June made many friends. On May 15, 2003 June Carter Cash passed at the age of 73. Her husband and family surrounded her with love. June and many family members were laid to rest near Hendersonville Tennessee where they lived.


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