My wife, soulmate and fellow journalist (OK, she’s an accredited PR practitioner, but she thinks like journalists and would’ve been a great one). I couldn’t have taken on this project without her encouragement, editing, patience, understanding and appreciation of how important it is to care about family.
With insightful counseling that can come only from a friend, visionary and top sports journalist-turned-advertising/PR consultant (he owns ADvice in Fort Worth), Bruce inspired me in 2011 to finally begin research into mother’s country music career, which led to this website and more.
My brother found the few remaining documents that mother had not burned just before she died, including some lyrics, song contracts and other materials. He has shared them and much more for this website. Rick resides in California with his wife, Cheryl, and their daughter, Jenny.
An untiring source of information and documentation, Dominque, a retired accountant who resides near Paris, France, has shared many details from his personal archives, his encyclopedic knowledge of Country music and music collections.
A retiree residing in The Hague, The Netherlands, and president of the Jim Reeves Fan Club since 1975, Arie has shared many insights, tips and leads from his personal knowledge, archives, travels, Country music collection and extensive network.
A fellow Texarkana native, Jim pulled a wealth of memories about Jewell from his vast experience as a steel guitarist for the Louisiana Hayride and many artists and from his development of the famed Evans amplifier. He knew mother well and served as my No. 1 source for much of what I’ve learned about her. Sadly, Jim died in March 2016.
Carolyn Babin, Waskom, Tex.
"Bubba" Gene Carpenter, Genoa, Ark.
Lucille Collins, Texarkana, Tex.
Bill Crane, Alpharetta, Ga.
Pat Cupp, Texarkana, Tex.
Andi Darby, townsquaremedia, Texarkana
Don Davis, Shreveport, La.
Doug Davis, Texarkana, Tex.
Tim Davis, CMHF, Nashville
Jimmy & Mona Dickens, Nashville
Jess Draper, ASCAP
Elaine Etheridge, KWKH
Brian and Mary Fels, Arlington, TX
Mark Ford, NSAI
Edie Foy, Shreveport, La.
Virginia Franks, Shreveport, La.
Scott Gray, Texarkana, Tex.
Gerald Guffey, Ashdown, Ark.
Chuck Hancock, Sandersville, Ga.
Tammy Helm, UMPG, Nashville
Jeanette Hicks, Texarkana, Tex.
Pat Higdon, Nashville
Wayne Hill, Madison, Ga.
Jonathan Holt, Sony/ATV
Shirley Jinkins, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ellen Johnston, Georgia State University
Red Jones, Georgia Radio Hall of Fame
Claude King, Shreveport, La.
Michael Kosser, author
Tracey Laird, author
Don Logan, Bossier City, La.
Nita Lynn, Shreveport, La.
Marty Martel, Nashville
Dru-Ann Merriman, Texarkana College
Miller County Clerk’s Office, Texarkana, Ark.
Les Minor, Texarkana Gazette
Roy and Sally Murphy, Shreveport, La.
Robert Oermann, author
Frank Page, Shreveport, La.
Gerilynn Pearce, UMPG, Nashville
Tom Perryman, KKUS, Tyler, Tex.
Robert Philpot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jim Presley, author
Felton Pruitt, Shreveport, La.
John Rex Reeves, Houston area
Carrie Moore-Reed, Third Coast Talent
Jay and Jetta Riley, Sacramento, Calif.
Peter Roberts, Georgia State University
John Rumble, CMHF, Nashville
Maxine Brown Russell, Nashville
Larry Shannon, Texas Radio Hall of Fame
Dave Sichak, Modesto, Calif.
Bob Sullivan, Oklahoma
Sonny Trammel, Shreveport, La.
Al Turnage, Texarkana, Tex.
Alton Warwick, Louisiana Hayride
Tina Wright, CMHF, Nashville