May 21, 2006

Country singer Billy Walker killed in car wreck

HAYNEVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) - Country singer and Grand
Ole Opry star Billy Walker was killed along with his wife and
two band members early on Sunday when the car they were
traveling in ran off an interstate highway and overturned south
of Montgomery, Alabama, state highway troopers said.

The popular 77-year-old Walker, whose biggest hit was
"Charlie's Shoes" on CBS Records, joined the Grand Ole Opry in
1960 and had performed ever since in concerts and on TV shows.

Also killed were his wife, Bettie Walker, 61, and band
members Charles Lilly, 44, and Daniel Patton, 40, all of

Walker's grandson, Joshua Brooks, 2l, was hospitalized in
critical condition.

They were returning to Nashville after performing at a club
near Gulf Shores, Alabama.

(Reporting by Pat Harris, Nashville)