But years ago they named a baseball field after him.
Dorothy Ritter, Tex's widow, was said to have objected to even having Jim honored in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, complaining he already had a monument 2 miles outside of town, so what did he need to be in the MUSEUM for anyway?
Of course there is an enormous bronze statue of ole Tex on display and the museum has diverted from its purpose by even inducting people who are NON-Texans. I wonder how many fans of Mr. Ritter's have made the pilgrimage from around the world to visit Carthage like Jim's fans have traveled long distances to see Panola County, where he grew up?
A female distant relative of Tex's has run that town for years, and even Mary Reeves was frustrated by the lack of support for Jim amongst the city's own leaders. Though the townfolk love him there. -- JULIE
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