In 1975 David “Stringbean” Akeman and his wife Estell were returning from the Grand Ole Opry where Stringbean had performed songs such as “Y’all Come” and “Hillbilly Fever” earlier in the night. As Estelle parked their signature automobile, a Cadillac, Akemen apparently noticed that something seemed off on the porch and grabbed his .22 rifle. As he entered his modest home Stringbean encountered two robbers, John A. Brown and his cousin, Marvin Douglas Brown. John shot Stringbean and as Estelle started running away from house was also shot dead after begging for her life. The Browns got away with $250 (found in Stringbean’s overalls pocket), some bags and guns, and the couple’s station wagon.
The Browns heard that Stringbean and Estelle were known not to trust banks and were known to flash large sums of money that they carried on their persons. Sure enough, when they were robbed and murdered the Browns missed $4,000 in Stringbean’s overalls and $2,000 in Estelle’s undergarments. Interestingly enough over $20,000 in rodent-damaged paper money was discovered decades after their murder just above the fireplace in their modest home.
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Final Resting Place:
Forest Lawn Memorial Garden
1150 Dickerson Pike
Goodlettsville, Tennessee, 37072
Grave Location:Music Row, Plot 10-D-3
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery the office will be on your right and you will take the first left and drive 100 feet to the sign for “Music Row.” Walk 20 feet past the Music Row sign and turn right and walk to the other side of this very narrow section for the graves of David “Stringbean” Akeman and his wife Estell.
Grave Location GPS36.295487563128425, -86.7256271868377
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Read More About Stringbean Akeman:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- The rise and fall of Stringbean Akeman
- 48 Years Ago Stringbean and his wife were murdered
- Stringbean Akeman's very last Cadillac with Maharaja upholstery
- Who's Killing All The Country Music Stars?
- Murder in the Kornfield - The Life and Death of David "Stringbean" Akeman