Local News

By Rick Howlett

Judy Lynn Kelly, a country singer who left the music business to become a minister, has died at her home in Jeffersonville, Indiana.   She was 74.        

A relative tells the Assoicated Press that Kelly died Wednesday after suffering from congestive heart failure.

According to the website hillbilly-music.com, Kelly, who performed under the name Judy Lynn,  rose to fame after touring with a group of Grand Ole Opry performers as a teenager. She was hired to fill in for Jean Shepherd, who had become ill during a stop in the northwest.

Kelly retired from the music business in 1980 to enter the ministry.                 

Survivors include a daughter and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be Tuesday at Christ Gospel Church in Jeffersonville.

(Image from www.hillbilly-music.com)

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."