The Hank Williams
International Society and Fan Club is a non-profit corporation dedicated
to memory of the late Hank Williams Sr., Born in Butler County Alabama
and lived several years in what is now the Hank Williams Museum located
at 127 Rose Street, Georgiana Alabama. The fan club was formed by Ms.
Mary Wallace and Mr. Beecher O'Quinn Jr. and was incorporated on October
27th, 1992. First Elected Officers were: Beecher O'Quinn Jr., President,
Betty Langham, Vice President, and Mary Wallace, Secretary/Treasurer.
Current Officers are: President ,Ed Kirby Vice President ,Sherri Brackin
Secretary, John Wise and Treasurer
Edna Thomas. Election of Officers are held at our annual meeting the
second weekend in June which is the weekend of the Hank Williams Festival
hosted by the City of Georgiana. Our clubhouse is located across the
street from the Georgiana Museum. Our address is 148 Rose Street.
On the first weekend in June, the city of Georgiana sponsors a Hank
Williams Festival. It includes professional entertainers, concessions,
food and all around good time and fellowship. The festival starts on
Friday and ends on Sunday. The fan club starts its event on Thursday
night starting with a fan club supper at the clubhouse. We also have
live music and jam sessions. The Hank Festival is the highlight of the
year for the city of Georgiana and the fan club.
This site is
dedicated to memory of the Late Hank Williams, born in Butler County
Alabama September 17, 1923. Hank is a rags to riches story about a poor
young south Alabama country boy who rose to fame and fortune to become
the greatest country singer/songwriter country music has ever know.
Although he died at the young age of 29 on New Years Morning 1953, no
other one person has contributed as much to the country music genre.
Hank sang about the people. Hank sang about love, broken hearts, happy
songs, and songs with a serious message. He was especially talented
when he sang songs under the "Luke the Drifter" name which
showed serious side of this talented man. His narrations of these songs
such as "Be Careful of Stones that You Throw", "I've
Been Down that Road Before", "Men with Broken Hearts"
and many others. His classics "Cold Cold Heart", "Your
Cheatin' Heart" " Kawliga", "I Can't Help It"
are still being sung and recorded today. They still touch our hearts
The Hank Williams
P.O. Box 280
Georgiana, Al. 36033
It is with
a heavy heart we bring this letter to you today.
Our Fan club has lost its most prominent member, our President.
For those of you who may not know by now, our wonderful Mary Wallace
passed from this world on December 21st, 2009.
Mary met with a tragic accident in her home when she was cleaning and
tried to remove a pistol hanging from a nail. The gun discharged shooting
Mary in the chest. Her son Ray Jr. said her last words were to God when
she simply asked him to forgive her if she had ever done anything to
hurt anybody. She then closed her eyes and went to meet her God in heaven.
I know without a doubt that this selfless and good hearted woman is
in heaven with her husband Ray, her grandson John David, of course Hank,
and all the loved ones who have gone on before her.
There was a memorial held for Mary at her church in Georgiana Dec. 23rd.
With it being so close to Christmas and so many unable to attend, there
is talk of another memorial to be held in the form of a concert at a
Our whole fan
club, community, friends, have been crushed by this incident.
I personally have been devastated. I was elected to the board of directors
one year ago.
In that year Mary had not only become my best friend, but we had begun
to work very closely on new projects for the fan club.
This past Hank Festival, we brought back the songwriters contest. Something
we hoped would grow and not only give songwriters exposure, but help
raise a little money for the club.
After that Mary and I worked on our first ever October Fest and Antique
Again, this was a project that our club hoped would grow into a full
fledged Festival to not only help our fan club raise money but also
help the city of Georgiana.
We learned a lot from that experience and had already begun working
on our next Oct. fest.
I will never forget, we had no more finished cleaning up the club house
that Sunday after the festival when one of us said to the other; "Well,
what's next?" Mary said that Georgiana and McKenzie had a Christmas
Parade. As tired as we both were, Mary picked up the phone, called the
Mayor, and we immediately started making plans.
On December 5th, The Hank Williams Fan Club put a float in both parades.
Mary was Mrs. Santa Claus, Colon Leatherwood was Santa Claus, and I
was the Elf. Ed Kirby and his wife Brenda pulled our float. We threw
beads, stuffed animals and candy.
I have never seen so many happy children.
Afterwards we came back to the fan club for an open house with holiday
will be able to see pictures and read more about these projects when
you receive your next news letter, which brings me to the next topic.
Mary did our news letters.
At this point we are uncertain who will take over this task. We will
not know who is doing anything until we have a meeting in January.
At this time I would like to let you know a couple of other facts.
Mary was also in charge of our retail orders.
The people who had been doing our t-shirts etc. had some personal trouble.
They had asked us to please give them some time to work out their problems.
Because they had worked with us for so long and because Mary is the
kind and loving person she was, I believe she gave them too much time.
I finally talked her into going with another company and had just picked
up our order the week before she died.
I know several
of you had orders in with Mary and I am working with Ray Jr. to try
and find these orders. If you have not received an order you put in
for, please let me know and I will try to check on it for you and take
care of it ASAP.
that most of our faithful members did not know is that several months
ago Mary was diagnosed with Lupus. The disease was affecting her physically,
and mentally, she was starting to forget. She was the smartest, sharpest
lady I knew, yet she desperately fought this demon. I believe this is
why she worked so hard to get the new projects we worked on started.
Our new President
is Mr. John Wise who we believe will do our fan club a good job.
Our fan club will go on but only with your support. It will never be
the same without Mary for she was our rock, but we absolutely cannot
do it without you!
Our fan club
works to keep the memory of Hank Williams alive. As a memorial to Mary
Wallace, one of the co-founders of the Hank Williams International Fan
Club, let us continue to support that memory.
Thank you for
your patience and continued support.
President: John Wise 706-476-1190
Director Secretary: Lewis Owens 334-504-3516
Hank Williams International Fan Club Treasurer: Ed Kirby 251-626-1645
P.S. We are
currently still working on trying to up date our membership list.
Please be patient with us but do not hesitate to let us know if we have