Publisher Terrell Tye Passes

Nashville music industry veteran Terrell Tye, 58, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning at 7 a.m. She is survived by her loving sons Josh and Zack Allen and brother Dowell Tye. Tye was also the former wife of Grand Ole Opry member Hal Ketchum.

Terrell Tye was a partner in Forerunner music, an innovative publishing partnership that included producer Allen Reynolds, singer-songwriter Jim Rooney and engineer Mark Miller. The company was purchased in 2000 by Universal Music Publishing and its catalog included hits by Ketchum, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and many others.

Josh and Zack Allen have invited their mother’s friends to a memorial service on 12/31 at 12 p.m. “Terrell was an exceptional woman and Zack and I ask that you join us in remembering her on Friday 12/31 at 12p.m. The service is being held at Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home at 201 25th Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 with a wake afterwards at the home of Todd & Laurie Hilbert at 1703 Warfield Drive in Green Hills. If you would like to bring a covered dish for the wake it will be appreciated. Also, please reach out to any of her friends who you believe might not have this information, and keep her and her family in your prayers during these difficult times. Thank all of you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on Friday.”

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