Alex Schoenbaum, 81, founder of Shoney's restaurants, died...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

December 08, 1996

Alex Schoenbaum, 81, founder of Shoney's restaurants, died Friday of lung disease and heart failure in Sarasota, Fla. His $10,000 Parkette drive-in restaurant in Charleston, W.Va., became the first Shoney's in 1951.

Wilf Carter, 91, a Canadian country music legend whose career spanned six decades, died of stomach cancer Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Known to U.S. country music fans as Montana Slim, he developed a distinctive yodel that became a trademark.

Leon Polk Smith, 91, a painter credited with influencing the development of geometric abstraction in art, died Wednesday at his home in New York City.

Pub Date: 12/08/96

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