Loretta Lynn: Meet The Coal Miner’s Daughter’s 7 siblings

Melvin Webb Jr.

Eldest of the Webb siblings, Melvin Jr., was named after his father. He lived away from the limelight with his wife, Bonnie Faye Webb, and their nine children. He died in 1993 at the age of 63.

Herman Webb

Next to Lynn was his brother, Herman, who was born two years after her. 

A lot has known Herman as the keeper of the family’s original home in Van Lear, Kentucky. Through the years, he gave personal guided tours to the childhood home of the country music legend, much to the delight of visitors and fans. He would, for instance, bring the visitors down the road for a glimpse at the dining room table where the future country superstar often ate before moving away as a teenager.

According to Herman, he has seen 200 to 300 cars drive up to the home that became famous because of Lynn’s song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Herman passed away in 2018. He had three daughters with his wife, Patsy Jean.

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Willie “Jay” Lee Webb

Just like her sister, Jay Lee has also pursued a career in music and is famous for his 1967 song, “I Come Home A-Drinkin’ (To a Worn-Out Wife Like You).” 

He started playing the guitar when he was fifteen and eventually left school and moved to Washington to live with Lynn. He would sing in local honky-tonks and play in a local performing circuit. He then started playing the guitar on several records of Lynn. And later on, he wrote his own songs and co-wrote some of his sister’s hits.

He died in 1996 at age 59 after battling pancreatic cancer for more than two years.



Donald Ray Webb

Even though he chose to live a life away from the spotlight with his wife and four children, Donald showcased his gift of music when he wrote “Clock on the Wall.” It was included in Crystal Gayle’s 1978 compilation album I’ve Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes.

Peggy Sue Wright

Though her success as a country singer in the late 1960s was short, it was a productive one.

She started performing with Lynn and her brothers at places across Wabash, Indiana. Wright then turned out to be a featured act in Lynn’s early shows in the 1960s. She also helped write a few of Lynn’s compositions.

In 1969, she finally released her debut single. However, after releasing two albums, she left her record label.

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Betty Ruth Hopkins

There are only a few things we know about Betty Ruth – this includes the fact that Loretta Lynn and husband Doolittle Lynn named the eldest among Loretta Lynn children after her, calling her Betty Sue.

Crystal Gayle

Crystal Gayle is another prolific singer in the family, best known for her 1977 crossover hit, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Gayle started her career in the 1960s – providing background vocals to her sister’s band. Eventually, she landed a recording contract with Decca Records and developed her own musical identity.

Loretta sadly died at 90 years old on Tuesday, October 4. the family announced her death in a statement, while also asking for privacy. “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” they said.

Clearly, Loretta Lynn siblings are more than incredible.

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