Tammy Wynette - Wynette's Family Devastated Over Tombstone Name Change

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Tammy Wynette's children are "very upset" over the decision to change the star's name on her tombstone.
The country singer, who died in 1998, was born Virginia Wynette Pugh, and last year (11) the name on her grave in Tennessee was changed from her stage name to Virginia W Richardson, the title she took when she married George Richey, whose birth name was Richardson.
Wynette's daughter Georgette Jones-Lennon, from the star's marriage to George Jones, was told about the alteration by her step-sister Deirdre Richardson-Hale and thought it was just a temporary measure. She also believed the change stemmed from a legal dispute with Richey's widow, Sheila, who he married after Wynette's death.
She tells Cmt.com, "Deirdre called my sister and relayed a message to her that it would be legally necessary - just temporarily - for us to change Mom's name (on her tomb) to her maiden name and that (the change) was in regard to things that were going on regarding Sheila, Richey's widow.
"We did agree, but we wanted Mom's name to be changed temporarily to her maiden name, which we thought was going to be 'Virginia Wynette Pugh.' Of course, as you can see, it was changed to 'Virginia W Richardson,' which was not what we agreed to... I won't speak for all of us, but I can say my sisters Tina, Jackie and myself are very upset."
Sheila Richey has also revealed she is angry about the name change, adding, "Sadly, I cannot tell you the reasons why my stepdaughter, Deirdre, would have requested (cemetery officials) to desecrate the resting place of this world-renowned country legend. My late husband, George Richey, had the name her fans knew, Tammy Wynette, placed there after she died in 1998. Over this issue and others, Deirdre and I no longer speak."


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This is totally asinineSomehow, somewhere there is money involved, and for whatever reason this poor woman is being taken advantage of 14 years after her death. I see no reason for changing the name on someone's headstone other than someone thinking they can make a fast buck. Her children should have never allowed this to happen without getting an attorney involved. It seems to me that Dierdre is getting something out of this at the expense of Ms. Wynette
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