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Marker honors West
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Immediate family members of Dottie West were on hand Monday during the Tennessee Music Pathways dedication. Pictured, from left, are son Dale West, granddaughter Tess Frizzell and great-grandchildren Fable and Gatsby. - photo by Sheila Fann

What would have been the 89th birthday of Dottie West was commemorated Monday afternoon at the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce with the unveiling of a Tennessee Music Pathways marker honoring her legacy.

The event was hosted by Sarah Cantrell, chair of the McMinnville Tourism Development Board, officiated by McMinnville Mayor Ryle Chastain, County Executive Jimmy Haley, and Ashley DeRossett, who is the Middle Tennessee division manager for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, and many members of the West family. 

“After all of the work done over the last couple of years at the TBD, we were excited to welcome friends, family and fans to this unveiling,” said Cantrell. “After two years, it’s worked out perfectly as this ended up on what would have been her 89th birthday.”

Dale West, son of Dottie West, attended the event and said, “Today has hit the heart in every way so that she is still remembered.”  

West’s granddaughter, Tess Frizzell, said, “This means everything. We are so honored because her heart never left here even after she moved to Nashville.”

The home of the marker is at the steps of the Chamber of Commerce. West’s memorial stone, which is located at Mt View Cemetery, is now registered as an official stop on the Tennessee Music Pathway’s tour.

The initiative, which began in 2018 and is supported by the General Assembly, honors those who have made great contributions to the music industry in Tennessee and who drive tourism to each of state’s 95 counties.

It has been 30 years since the passing of McMinnville’s own Country Sunshine, yet West continues to give back to the city of her roots with this Tennessee Music Pathways marker.

To plan your own Music Pathway’s tour, visit www.tnvacation.com/tennessee-music-pathways.