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He now has a home in Montgomery and a weekend lake house. He has a framed poster for the concert that he and Williams never got to, and he keeps a pair of cowhide gloves the singer gave him on that final trip.

He ll attend a New Year s Day memorial service for Williams at his much-visited grave in Montgomery s Oakwood Cemetery annex. A few surviving members of Williams Drifting Cowboys band will be there as well, if they are able to make it.

They are old men now, some in their 80s.

He missed an increasing number of showdates, frustrating those who attempted to manage or help him. His wife, Audrey, ordered him out of their house in January 1952, and he was dismissed from the Grand Ole Opry in August that year for failing to appear on Opry-sponsored showdates.

Returning to Shreveport, Louisiana, where he d been an up-and-coming star in 1948, he took a second wife, Billie Jean Jones, and hired a bogus doctor who compounded his already serious physical problems with potentially lethal drugs. In late December 1952, Hank Williams returned to Montgomery, attempting to recuperate, but decided to meet two prearranged showdates on New Year s Eve and New Year s Day.