Tyree put Carr up for the night, until Williams' mother and Carr's father could come to collect the body and take Carr back to Montgomery. Tyree helped Williams' mother make funeral arrangements.
Over the years, Tyree said, he kept in touch with Carr and with the Williams family. He said Williams' mother sent him a Christmas card every year after the death of her son.
Tyree said the funeral home still gets regular visitors and telephone calls asking about the death of Hank Williams.
Petty, who took over the museum in Montgomery that now holds the Cadillac in which Hank Williams died, said the singer's death made Charles Carr internationally famous overnight. She said, though, that Carr never tried to capitalize on the fame or notoriety, humbly agreeing to answer questions about the singer.
"He never asked for any of it," Petty said. "He never accepted money for his interviews, and he did thousands and thousands of interviews. Every day, someone wanted to talk to him."
Funeral services for Carr will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Leak Memorial Chapel, 945 Lincoln Road, Montgomery. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. at the chapel. Burial will be in Greenwood Serenity Memorial Gardens, in Montgomery.
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