The widow of the late country music legend Chet Atkins passed away. Ms. Leona was a performer before she married Chet and performed with her twin sister. Chet met and fell in love with her in 1946. Peter Cooper of the Tennessean wrote a great article about the two of them and their long-lasting marriage.
Chet will always have a special place in my heart. I was as nervous as could be when I met and interviewed him in Crossville in 1996. He was kind, funny and endearing. He made our interview easy and after a few minutes I felt like I was chatting with an old friend. Now, his longtime partner in life will join him. God bless the Atkins family.