Local country star Carl Smith dead at 82

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Nashville has lost an honky-tonk stylist of the old-school: Maynardville's own "country gentleman."

Carl Smith knew he wanted to perform from the moment he first heard the Grand Ole Opry.

He mowed lawns to pay for guitar lessons, and got his singing start on Cas Walker's radio show when he was in high school.

His six year marriage to June Carter beget some memorable duets, a daughter, country's own Carlene Carter, and a friendship with Johnny Cash.

His career gave us "Let's Live a Little" and "If Teardrops were Pennies," along with 30 more top ten hits.

Carl Smith died at his home in Franklin Saturday.

He was 82 years old.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but he's expected to be laid to rest alongside his late wife, country singer Goldie Hill, at Williamson Memorial Gardens in Franklin.

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