Virginia W Richardson is Tammy Wynette. Upon her death her plaque read "Tammy Wynette" and was changed to her birth name of Virginia and married surname of Richardson by her step daughter..

A public campaign has begun to push for Tammy Wynette’s name to be restored on her burial crypt two years after it was replaced with her married name, Virginia W. Richardson.


Georgette Jones Lennon said she and Wynette’s three other daughters are asking for public support as they try to rectify a mistake. They agreed to a name change after being told it would be temporary, she said, but now they cannot reverse the decision because they don’t own the burial crypt at Woodlawn Memorial Park. 

Lennon is asking her mother’s fans to join a Facebook page called “A Restoration” Tammy Wynette’s Name and Legacy. “She worked very hard and long her whole life for that name,” Lennon said. “That’s who she believed she was. That is who she was.” 

One of Richey’s children, Deirdre Richardson Hale, who is a lawyer, persuaded them to change the name on the crypt temporarily for legal reasons during a planned challenge to the sale of the intellectual property, Lennon said. Attempts by The Tennessean to contact Hale, whom Lennon said owns the crypt, were unsuccessful.

Lennon, who is the only child from Wynette’s marriage to George Jones, said she and her sisters had thought the temporary name change would be to their mother’s maiden name, Virginia Wynette Pugh.

Lennon and her sister, Jackie Daly, have written books highly critical of George Richey, blaming him for being manipulative of their mother, pushing her to perform on stage when she was sick and enabling her addiction to pain medicine

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