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Skeeter Davis

Skeeter DavisAKA Mary Frances Penick

Born: 30-Dec-1931
Birthplace: Dry Ridge, KY
Died: 19-Sep-2004
Location of death: Nashville, TN [1]
Cause of death: Cancer - Breast
Remains: Buried, Williamson Memorial Gardens, Franklin, TN

Gender: Female
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Country Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Country vocalist at Grand Ole Opry

Sang with the Grand Ole Opry for forty years starting in 1959. She was suspended for a short time in 1973 after protesting the arrest of what she termed "Jesus Freaks". Originally she teamed up with Betty Jack Davis in the 1950's as the "Davis Sisters", choosing as her stage name Skeeter Davis. Betty died in a 1953 automobile accident.

Skeeter's hits include The End of the World (1963), I'm Saving My Love, and I Can't Stay Mad at You.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988, it recurred in 1996.

[1] Alive Hospice, Nashville, TN.

Father: William Penick
Husband: Kenneth Depew
Husband: Ralph Emery (m. 1960, div. 1964)
Husband: Joey Stampinato (div. 1996)
Daughter: Sarah Penick
Sister: Susan

    High School: Dixie Heights High School, Fort Mitchell, KY


Author of books:
Bus Far to Kentucky (1993, memoir)

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