Tennessee Ernie Ford

Birth Name:
Ernst Jennings Ford
Birth Date:
February 13, 1919
Birth Place:
Bristol, Tennessee
Death Date:
October 17, 1991
Place of Death:
H. C. A. Reston Hospital Center, Reston, Virginia
Cause of Death:
Liver failure
Cemetery Name:
Alta Mesa Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
American singer known for his rich bass-baritone voice in singing country, pop, and gospel, Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit recordings include "The Shotgun Boogie" and "Sixteen Tons". Ford also was a television host and known for his easy going, southern humor, and guest starred on the 'I Love Lucy' show as the popular Cousin Ernie which made him a household name.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Alta Mesa Memorial Park

695 Arastradero Road

Palo Alto, California, 94306


North America


Grave Location:

Urn Garden #1, Lot 242, Plot 1

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery, drive straight as Chapel Road become Oak Grove Way. Stop at the small walkway between Mausoleum #1 and Mausoleum #2. Walk towards the mausoleums and half-way up Tennessee Ernie Ford can be found on the left side about 20 feet from the walkway.

Grave Location GPS

37.397966, -122.129341



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