Herman Webb, Brother of Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle, Dies at 83

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Herman Webb, brother of country music star Loretta Lynn, sits on the porch of the home they grew up in at Butcher Hollow, outside Van Lear, Ky., Oct. 3, 2002.

The brother of country singers Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle has died at a Kentucky hospital.

Phelps-Son Funeral Home Inc. said Herman Webb died Saturday at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland. He was 83.   

Gayle posted a tribute to her brother on Facebook, saying he died surrounded by his children and will be missed.     

Webb had lived in Van Lear and was known for being the curator of the Butcher Hollow homestead, where the siblings grew up. The cabin was made famous in Lynn’s song “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and Webb gave tours to the thousands of fans who visited each year.

Gayle paid tribute to her late brother with an Instagram post. "Our brother, Herman Webb passed away this morning in Kentucky with his wonderful children around him," she wrote. "Some of you may know Herman from the countless tours he gave of the old home place in Kentucky or from his days performing with his band. He was a great musician! I called Herman “The Sheriff of Butcher Hollow”. I even found him a badge to make it “official “  I know he is now and forever a sheriff in Heaven. We love and miss you, Herman!"