Helen Carter,70, who sang with the Carter...


Helen Carter,70, who sang with the Carter Family, which added to the rich heritage of country music with their songs from Appalachia, died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., after a lengthy illness.

She sang with sisters June, the wife of country star Johnny Cash, and Anita, and their mother, Maybelle Carter.

Mother Maybelle Carter and her cousin Sara Carter and Sara's husband, A. P. Carter, helped launch the country music industry in the 1920s.

Carter Family standards include country classics such as "The Wabash Cannonball" and "Wildwood Flower." The three sisters continued the family act in the 1940s with their mother, who died in 1978.

Helen Carter wrote songs such as "Poor Old Heartsick Me," a hit for Margie Bowes in 1959. She played autoharp, guitar, accordion, piano and mandolin.

Sylvester Ritter,45, the pro wrestler known as the "Junk Yard Dog" who was famous for his growls, head butts and power slams in a quarter-century career, died Tuesday in a car crash near Forest in central Mississippi.

In his heyday in the late 1970s to the mid-80s, he filled the New Orleans Superdome, teamed with Cyndi Lauper on an album and had a huge television following.

Recently, he repossessed cars part time while competing in small matches and benefits in Louisiana and Mississippi and was transporting a repossessed car when the crash occurred.

Willis C. Armstrong,86, a former assistant secretary of state who served on a senior review panel of the Central Intelligence Agency during the early 1980s, died Sunday in Arlington, Va.

Pub Date: 6/04/98

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