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 Joyce <I>McWaters</I> Hess

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Joyce McWaters Hess

  • Birth 21 Oct 1930 USA
  • Death 23 Sep 2000 USA
  • Burial Juniper, Marion County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 8254100

Wife of Jake Hess. After a show in Asheville, N.C., Jake drove to Attalla, Alabama, to see Joyce McWaters, the daughter of a gospel promoter, who sang with her cousins in the Gallant Quartet. The couple had known each other from his touring, and after two dates, she agreed to marry him six weeks later, on October 5, 1952. Daughter Becky was born on September 11 of the following year (she was named after the wife of Sam Phillips of Sun Records and Elvis Presley fame, who had encouraged the 14-year-old Jake at one of his first radio jobs when he sang with the Rhythm Rascals). Son Chris was born on December 17, 1955, and was named after one of Jake's brothers. Jake Jr. was born on June 25, 1960.

Survivors include her husband Jake who would later pass away in 2004, her daughter Becky and husband Brent Buck of Columbus; son Chris and wife Cindy of Columbus; son Jake Jr. and wife Judy Martin-Hess from the southern gospel group "The Martins" of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren: Emily Trotter and husband Jim; Brent Buck, Lauren Buck, Ansley Buck, Megan Hess, Natalie Hess, Casey Hess, Jake Hess III, Hannah Hess and Emma Hess; and one great-grandchild James Purdy (Bo) Trotter IV.

Jake Hess is on in the "famous" section.

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  • Created by: Paul J. Lambert
  • Added: 9 Jan 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8254100
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joyce McWaters Hess (21 Oct 1930–23 Sep 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8254100, citing Buck Family Cemetery, Juniper, Marion County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Paul J. Lambert (contributor 46544256) .