Tom T. Hall has lost his wife.  CMT.com says Dixie Hall, who has been battling a brain tumor, passed away last Friday.  She was 80.  The British-born songwriter’s original name was Iris Violet May Lawrence.  She had interests in cowboy culture and writing from an early age, and when she was in her 20s moved to Nashville.  She got a job with Starday Records and met Mother Maybelle Carter, which marked her entry into the country music community.  She began writing songs under the name Dixie Deen, penning the 1965 top five hit “Truck Drivin’ Son-Of-A-Gun” for Dave Dudley.

Dixie met Tom T. Hall in 1964, and they were married in 1968.  Her career then took a back seat to his for much of the 1970s and ’80s.  When she returned to songwriting she took her music in a bluegrass direction.  Over the course of her career Dixie wrote hundreds of songs, that were recorded by such stars as Johnny Cash and Miranda Lambert.  Dixie was also an avid animal rights activist, and a strong support of the Nashville Humane society.