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Attorney Says Woman Deserves Millions From Hank Williams Estate

August 13, 1985

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ The attorney for a woman who claims to be the illegitimate daughter of country music legend Hank Williams says records supplied by the state show ″unequivocal proof″ of her parentage.

Keith Adkinson said he plans to file a copyright lawsuit in federal court in New York seeking ″many millions of dollars″ from the Williams estate.

The attorney, who represents 32-year-old Cathy Yvonne Stone, received the records from the Department of Pensions and Security and the Bureau of Vital Statistics on Monday, shortly after Circuit Judge Joseph Phelps ordered the agencies to turn them over.

Adkinson said the documents, which remain protected by state law from public inspection, show that Williams was the father of Ms. Stone, who was born Antha Belle Jett, and that Williams’ mother adopted her and named the baby Cathy Yvonne Stone.

″All of that is chronicled like a diary,″ he said.

Adkinson said last month that Ms. Stone’s mother was Williams’ ″lover and constant companion″ during the last year of the singer’s life.

He said Monday that Ms. Stone lives in Washington, D.C., although he told a news conference last month that she did not live in Washington. Her associates have said she grew up mostly in Mobile, where a family adopted her as a child.

Ms. Stone was born in Montgomery in January 1953, five days after the death of the singer, famed for such songs as ″Your Cheatin’ Heart″ and ″I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,″ at the age of 29. His son, Hank Williams Jr., is a country music singer who lives in Cullman.

Vickie Burnham, a secretary for Hank Williams Jr., said Monday the matter is ″in the hands of our attorneys and we have no comment.″ She said an attorney representing him attended the court session in Montgomery.

Mary Lee Stapp, an attorney for the Department of Pensions and Security, said the agency did not object to turning over the records but had been ″trying to follow what the state law says to do.″

She said the state statute protecting the parentage and adoption records are still in effect, guarding them from public use or inspection.

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