Minnie's Last Good-Bye
Hundreds of diehard country music fans bid on the belongings of the late Minnie Pearl on Saturday, vying for mementos of the Grand Ole Opry legend known for her big grin and greeting of “Howdeeeee!” “She was one of the best,” Gary Allgood said after paying $350 for one of Miss Pearl’s trademark straw hats, with its wide brim and $1.98 price tag dangling from the side. More than 900 pieces (jewelry, furniture and knickknacks) went on the auction block to settle the estate of Minnie Pearl, whose real name was Sarah Cannon. She died in 1996 at the age of 83 after more than half a century on the Grand Ole Opry and 20 years on the syndicated TV show “Hee Haw.” Her husband, Henry Cannon, died one year later. The couple had no children.