Janette Carter, daughter of Carter Family founders, dies at 82

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) - Janette Carter, the last surviving child of country music's founding Carter Family, has died in Kingsport. She was 82.

In recent years, Carter had worked to preserve her parents' oldtime style with weekly performances.

Carter had battled Parkinson's disease and other illnesses. Family members say she was taken to the Holston Valley Medical Center on Tuesday. The family says she appeared to be improving for a time, but died on Sunday.

Carter was the daughter of A.P. and Sara Carter. Her parents and her father's sister-in-law Maybelle Carter formed a singing trio discovered in 1927 when talent scout Ralph Peer came through the Tennessee-Virginia border town of Bristol to record mountain music.

When her brother Joe died last March, Janette Carter became the last surviving child of the original group's members.

The best known of her generation was June Carter Cash, the wife of country star Johnny Cash.

Carter Cash died in May 2003 at age 73. Her husband died later that year.

Following the death of her father in 1960, Janette Carter dedicated her life to preserving not only the Carter Family music, but the folk and country music of Appalachia.

One result of that effort was establishment of the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia.

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