JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Founder of the longest running country music television show, Gene Williams, has died.
Williams was best known for his TV show, "The Gene Williams Country Television Show" which airs Sundays on KAIT. The show began airing on KAIT in 1963 and was one of KAIT's first programs. Later, Williams' show was syndicated to 173 markets nationwide.
Gene Williams was born in 1938 in Tyronza, Arkansas and graduated from Dyess High School in 1956.
Williams had an extensive history in the country music business. He was selected as the Grand Ole Opry DJ of the Year in 1961 and was a 2009 George Hay Hall of Fame Founder of the Grand Ole Opry Inductee.
Williams' son, Robert, told Region 8 News that Gene died around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. The cause of his death is unknown at this time.
Williams is survived by his brother and sister who live in Region 8, six children and ten grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, December 17, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 JFK Blvd. North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Visitation is Friday, December 16, 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Potter's Cemetery in Lepanto, AR.