"Mooney" Lynn,69, who coaxed his wife, Loretta, onto...

O. V.

August 24, 1996

O. V. "Mooney" Lynn,69, who coaxed his wife, Loretta, onto the stage for the first time and watched as the coal miner's daughter rose to country music stardom, died Thursday at his home in Nashville.

The hard-drinking Mr. Lynn had been hospitalized repeatedly since 1993 because of heart failure and diabetes. His feet were amputated in recent years.

Mr. Lynn was portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones in the 1980 movie "Coal Miner's Daughter," based on his wife's autobiography.

He had been a coal miner and moonshine runner (hence the nickname "Mooney") in Kentucky before he married Loretta in 1948, when she was 13.

He bought his wife her first guitar for her 18th birthday in 1953, and after they moved from Kentucky to Washington state, urged her to sing in public for the first time in 1960. Months later, she had her first hit record, "I'm a Honky-Tonk Girl," and was on the road to stardom.

Ellsworth Lester Raymond,84, a Kremlinologist who served at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow during World War II and taught for 29 years at New York University, died in New York Tuesday of a pulmonary embolism. Mr. Raymond was a research analyst, political and economic adviser and chief translator in the embassy from 1938 to 1943.

Dr. William C. Hambley Jr.,82, the mayor of Pikeville, Ky., who secured millions of dollars for the second-largest land removal project in U.S. history after the Panama Canal, died Thursday in Pikeville. Dr. Hambley enlisted federal aid to move the Big Sandy River out of downtown, rerouting it through a mountain to stop repeated fooding of the city.

Pub Date: 8/24/96

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