Hank Williams Jr Lost 'Drop-Dead Gorgeous' Wife of 31 Years in March — Inside Their Marriage
Hank Williams Jr. had two failed marriages and three kids when he met his third wife. They were together for over three decades before the singer lost her in 2022.
Hank Williams Jr.'s parents were a famous singing duo, yet their marriage ended with his birth. So the country star was proud that he saved their marriage when they almost divorced.
The "Family Traditions" singer had lost one of his kids two years before the death of his wife. Here are all the details about Hank Williams Jr.'s marriage and wife, Mary Jane Williams.
Hank Williams Jr. and Mary Jane at the 37th Annual CMA Awards on November 5, 2003 | Source: Getty Images
On March 22, 2022, Hank Williams Jr. lost his wife, Mary Jane, in Jupiter, Florida. She reportedly suffered a possible blood clot following a medical procedure. They transferred the one-time top model to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
A few days after her death, Hank Jr. took to his social media to thank his fans and informed them that the April show would go on as he did not want to disappoint them.
Over a month after she passed away, the star took to Twitter to share the story of how they met and the fantastic memories they had shared in the last three decades.
Hank Jr. took a long walk down memory lane from when they spent time in Montana, traveled to Africa, trips to Alaska, fished in South America, and had kids and grandkids. He further shared that they would all miss her.
ABOUT HANK WILLIAMS JR. AND HIS RELATIONSHIPS
Hank Jr. is the son of the famous country music pioneer Hank Williams Sr. He lost his father at three but became a country performer with the help of his mother.
At eight, he made his stage debut and first appearance at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry at 11. When he was 15, he had his first Top 5 hit on the country charts, in which he did a cover of his father's song.
He carried his father's legacy through music and performed to sold-out crowds and on national television as a teenager. However, in the 1980s, he achieved stardom after trying to commit suicide in 1974.
Portrait of Hank Williams Jr. circa 1970 | Source: Getty Images
Before achieving stardom, the country music star was married to Gwendolyn Sue Yeargain in 1971, and their marriage ended in 1977. They had one son, Shelton Hank Williams III, a songwriter and musician who performs as Hank III.
In 1977, Hank Jr. married his second wife, Becky White, and they had two daughters, Hilary and Holly, born in 1979 and 1981, respectively. The girls are also involved in the music business.
In 1990, he married his third wife, Mary Jane Thomas, and they had two children, Katherine Diane and Samuel. The couple, who separated in 2007, almost repeated the fate of his parents.
Hank Williams Jr. and Gwendolyn Sue Yeargain in London for the International Country Music Festival on April 12, 1972 | Source: Getty Images
"She was 20 years old and drop-dead gorgeous! That's the day my world changed forever."
When they met, she was a model for Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion. He revealed that she traveled everywhere with him, and the press could not get enough photos of her stunning beauty who did it all.
The couple hunted together, and he called his wife a world-class hunter and adventurer. Despite their travels worldwide, their favorite hunting place was in Tennessee.
After their wedding, the Grammy Award-winning star revealed that he had never been so happy, and he further stated that his wife was indeed one in a million.
SEPARATION AND RECONCILIATION
Hank Sr. married his wife Audrey Mae Sheppard in 1944, but their marriage was declared illegal because it happened too soon after Audrey's separation from her first husband.
They divorced four years later but remarried after Hank Jr. was born in 1949. However, their relationship was not stable, and they divorced again before Hank Sr. remarried in 1952.
Portrait of Audrey Williams and Hank Williams Sr. with their children Lycrecia and Hank Williams Jr. | Source: Getty Images
After 16 years of marriage, Hank Jr. filed for divorce from Mary Jane in 2007 after their relationship broke down and separated. Hank Jr. asked his fans to respect their privacy during the process in his press statement.
Despite filing for divorce, the couple reconciled, and the country star was proud that they could keep their marriage together, unlike his parents, who divorced.
Mary Jane Thomas and Hank Williams Jr. at the 2021 Medallion Ceremony, celebrating the Induction of the Class of 2020 at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 21, 2021 | Source: Getty Images
Also, he did not want their children to grow up in a broken home like the children from his previous relationships. In all, he realized that he still loved Mary Jane, and their spark was still there.
From being a famous model, Mary Jane also showed interest in planning aerobics videos even though she requested that they would need to write a script for her.
HANK WILLIAMS JR. AND MARY JANE'S CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
On June 13, 2020, Hank Jr. lost the only daughter he had with Mary Jane. His daughter, Katherine Diane, was 27 when she was involved in a car crash along Highway 79 near Antioch Road.
Their son, Samuel, is also a country singer and has worked with the likes of Dolly Parton. Sam claimed that after he lost his sister, his half-sister, Holly Williams, and his father put him under a conservatorship that he no longer wanted.
The press confirmed through court records that Hank Jr. filed for an emergency conservatorship in August 2020, but Sam feels he did not deserve such treatment.
Being born into a family of legendary country stars, Sam revealed that he never likes to drop names as he does not want people to think of him as being big-headed, but he has no choice and embraces his family.
His late daughter, who was married, had two children before she passed away. She was a businesswoman who owned the Weston Jane clothing company based on the idea of "moms supporting moms."
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