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Charles Carr comforts Williams' cousin, Marie (Source: http://HankWilliams.nl) Charles Carr comforts Williams' cousin, Marie (Source: http://HankWilliams.nl)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A man forever connected to the late country music legend Hank Williams has died.

Charles Carr was the driver of the car in which Williams died, according to the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery. Museum officials did not wish to do an interview at this time.

Carr was just a teenager when he agreed to drive the singer to a concert in Canton, Ohio. The trip was more than 1,000 miles from Montgomery, but Carr had the time and agreed to the trip.

The trip was not without issues. Williams, complaining of back problems, decided flying would be better. However, the plane had to return to the airport because of bad weather, so Carr and Williams continued via car.

Carr was given a speeding ticket in the early hours of January 1, 1953 as Williams slept in the backseat of his blue 1952 Cadillac. A short time later, while stopped for gas in Oak Hill, West Virginia Carr discovered Williams had died.

The vehicle is one of many pieces on display at the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery.

Williams' body was returned to Montgomery where more than 20,000 people are said to have crowded in and around the Municipal Auditorium to say goodbye. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery annex.

Carr was quested by people for years about the time leading up to the singer's death, and is said to have politely answered. An interview as late at 2009 is now sold at the museum.

Carr, 77, was still residing in Montgomery at the time of his death. Funeral arrangements are expected Tuesday.

Background information: http://hankwilliams.nl/english/death/ride.html

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