'Country Johnny Mathis' passed away last night,  after suffering a stroke some 12 years ago.  He would have been 81 today, according to Ed Myers.

Myers is a Shreveport resident and was a longtime friend of  Mathis, who was a singer and songwriter during the era of Bob Luman and Johnny Horton.

Mathis traveled with Tillman Franks back in the day of  The Louisiana Hayride.

They were all legendary peformers on the Hayride, which was broadcast worldwide from Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium on the legendary am 1130,  KWKH. Mathis wrote songs for George Jones, Johnny Paycheck and Webb Pierce, among others.

According to Myers,  Country Johnny was told he wouldn't live six months  after suffering a massive stroke years ago.

All Access reports that funeral arrangements are being handled at the Lawrence Brothers funeral home in Chapel Hill, Tenn., near Nashville, where Mathis' wife,  Jean and family live.

 

Our staff and management at  KWKH offer our condolences, thoughts and prayers for Mrs. Jean Mathis and their family and friends.

A special thank you to Mr.  Myers for giving KWKH radio the news first.

Here are videos in which you can hear Country Johnny.