Harlan County native, Hall of Fame songwriter dies in Nashville

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Published: Dec. 17, 2018 at 10:59 AM EST
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A Nashville Songwriters Foundation Hall of Fame songwriter, regular "Hee Haw" guest and Harlan County native died on Saturday in Nashville.

Jerry Chesnut, who was originally from Loyall, was 87 years old.

Family members announced his death on social media.

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Chesnut is credited with writing hit songs that were performed by George Jones, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.

One of his best known hits was the song "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", performed by Elvis Presley and Travis Tritt.

Tritt took to Twitter on Sunday to offer his condolences.

According to the bio on his website, Chesnut moved to Nashville in 1958 to pursue his dream. His first hit, "A Dime at a Time" was recorded and released by Del Reeves.

In the 1970's, Chesnut became a regular on the country music variety show "Hee Haw".

Funeral arrangements are not known at this time.