Fans Start Petition To Rename Paintsville State Park In Honor of Loretta Lynn

Fans of the late country music icon, Loretta Lynn, have taken it upon themselves to create a petition to change…


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 29, 2022


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Loretta Lynn; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana Music

Fans of the late country music icon, Loretta Lynn, have taken it upon themselves to create a petition to change the name of Paintsville Lake State Park in Staffordsville, KY to honor Lynn. 

The country star’s family shared the petition to social media and Lynn’s official website along with a statement showing their support for the idea. 

“Our family hopes you’ll sign this petition to request the State of Kentucky rename this state park after Loretta. She would LOVE this so much. Kentucky, and especially her home area were always in her heart. Thank you to the fans who started this; we continue to be amazed by the outpouring of love!”

So far, 11,980 people have signed the petition, and the current goal is to get 15,000 signatures. 

A few users even took the time to share their reasons for singing. 

One wrote, “She is more than deserving and I feel Kentucky she have honored her more over the years. She has no statue in Kentucky either.”

“She never forget where she came from. Kentucky should be proud and honored to have a sweet humble girl who rose as Queen of Country Music Loretta Lynn,” another said. 

The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was born April 14, 1932, and grew up in Butcher Hollow, KY. Lynn eventually made her way to Nashville where she made a name for herself as a singer, songwriter, and entertainer. Outside of the music industry, she was also a wife and mother.

Lynn left behind a legacy that will forever be remembered by the country music community. Throughout her 60-year career, she earned 51 Top 10 hits and 16 No.1 hits and also sold over 45 million albums worldwide.

Her talent is known and respected in the industry by generations of fans. She garnered countless nods of recondition from GRAMMY awards to American Music Awards and Country Music Association awards. She was also the first woman to ever win the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards for Entertainer of the Year. 

Photo Courtesy Loretta Lynn
Photo Courtesy Loretta Lynn

The Kentucky native was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

On Tuesday, October 4, the Grand Ole Opry member passed away peacefully at the age of 90. The following Friday (Oct. 4), she was laid to rest at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee next to her late husband, Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn, in the family cemetery. 

Hours after Lynn’s passing, her family shared the following statement.

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the Lynn family said. 

After news of her death broke, fans paid their respects to Lynn at a memorial outside of the mansion gates on the property.

A live memorial service was held at the Grand Ole Opry in partnership Lynn’s family. Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Loretta Lynn, paid tribute to her life and successful career.

Hosted by NBC’s TODAY Show co-host and close family friend Jenna Bush Hager, the public celebration featured special appearances by artists including Barbara Mandrell, Faith Hill and her husband Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, and more. 

The special will also be made available on Paramount+ in early 2023. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.