Loretta Lynn Opens Up About Her Dad With Gritty Black and White Throwback Father’s Day Photo

by Matthew Wilson

Loretta Lynn was born a coal miner’s daughter. In a recent social media post, the country music legend opened up about her dear ol’ dad in honor of Father’s Day.

Lynn shared a black and white photo of her father Melvin Theodore “Ted” Webb. Webb worked in the coal mines during Lynn’s youth to provide for his family. But Webb’s profession ultimately ended up costing him his life. The coal miner died from black lung disease at just the age of 52. Black lung disease is caused by long-term exposure to coal dust.

On Instagram, Lynn remembered her father and his attitude towards hard work. She felt sad that he never got to see her music career. But Lynn forever memorialized her dad in the song “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” It’s a tune that remains a classic today.

She wrote, “I wish I had more pictures of my daddy. It wasn’t like It is now with these phones and a million pictures. His life was short but so meaningful. He worked so hard and never complained, He always made us feel so loved and we always knew he loved our mommy. He was kind and tender-hearted, He was gone before my music career ever started. My love for him and my pride in who he was inspired my biggest hit. I’ll always be proud to be a Coal Miner’s Daughter. He was the best daddy. Happy Father’s Day to all you daddy’s out there. Go ahead, kids, and spoil him a little!”

Loretta Lynn Passes Lessons to Children

Loretta Lynn passed along lessons from her father to her children. Even today, Lynn remains a hard worker and still records music. Her most recent album “Still Woman Enough” was a collaboration between herself and her daughter Patsy.

Lynn instilled within her daughter a drive to perform music and to remain active even as she gets older. In promoting the album, Patsy discussed how she planned to live up to her mother’s legacy. And therefore, by extension, her grandfather’s as well.

“I feel a great responsibility to ensure my mother’s legacy; I use that word a lot, but it’s just the truth. The music of artists like Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Charley Pride and others would be lost unless their recordings are kept intact and in-print for discovery and appreciation by future generations. I feel it’s my job to make sure my mom’s musical legacy never gets lost,” Patsy Lynn Russell said, according to American Songwriter.