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 David “Stringbean” Akeman

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David “Stringbean” Akeman Famous memorial

Birth
Annville, Jackson County, Kentucky, USA
Death
10 Nov 1973 (aged 58)
Ridgetop, Robertson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
Goodlettsville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Plot
Music Row 10-D-3
Memorial ID
1885 View Source

Comedian, Country Musician. One of the top musical stars of Nashville, Tennessee's, Grand Ole Opry during his career, he is best known for being one of the original members of the comedy and country music television variety show "Hee Haw," in which he starred from 1969 until his murder in 1973. He and his wife were killed by burglars, who had heard rumors about them storing cash in his house, and laid in wait until the Akemans arrived home from the Ryman Auditorium (where the Grand Ole Opry was located at the time). The Akemans were known not to trust banks, and "Stringbean" always carried several thousand dollars at a time in his overalls, which he frequently showed to friends and associates. After killing the Akemans, burglars packed several valuable items, including several firearms, in a pillowcase. The morning after, the Akemans' friend and neighbor, Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones, discovered the bodies, alerted police, and testified in court, positively identifying one of the stolen pistols as one he (Jones) gave "Stringbean" as a present. In 1996, someone discovered $20,000 of the Akeman's cash hidden above the fireplace. (The cash had long since rotted.)

Comedian, Country Musician. One of the top musical stars of Nashville, Tennessee's, Grand Ole Opry during his career, he is best known for being one of the original members of the comedy and country music television variety show "Hee Haw," in which he starred from 1969 until his murder in 1973. He and his wife were killed by burglars, who had heard rumors about them storing cash in his house, and laid in wait until the Akemans arrived home from the Ryman Auditorium (where the Grand Ole Opry was located at the time). The Akemans were known not to trust banks, and "Stringbean" always carried several thousand dollars at a time in his overalls, which he frequently showed to friends and associates. After killing the Akemans, burglars packed several valuable items, including several firearms, in a pillowcase. The morning after, the Akemans' friend and neighbor, Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones, discovered the bodies, alerted police, and testified in court, positively identifying one of the stolen pistols as one he (Jones) gave "Stringbean" as a present. In 1996, someone discovered $20,000 of the Akeman's cash hidden above the fireplace. (The cash had long since rotted.)

Bio by: Steve Williams


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 25 Apr 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 1885
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1885/david-akeman: accessed ), memorial page for David “Stringbean” Akeman (17 Jun 1915–10 Nov 1973), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1885, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Goodlettsville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .