Elwin Charles "Preacher" Roe (1915-2008)
Born in nearby Ash Flat, Elwin Charles "Preacher" Roe played professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Brooklyn Dodgers. As one of the famed Dodgers' "Boys of Summer" during the 1940s and 50s along with Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and Gil Hodges, Roe was known for his hardball and his questionable spitball. During this time, Roe was one of the top pitchers in the game. In the winter of 1945 Preacher taught high school math and coached basketball in Hardy between 1951 and 1953.
Phillip Sweet (1974 - )
Member of the popular country music quartet Little Big Town, Phillip Sweet was raised in nearby Cherokee Village and grew up in a musical family. He learned to play guitar and keyboards at a young age, penning his first song at 9 years old. When he was 10, he became a featured soloist in his church's touring musical group. At 15, Sweet began performing in his mother's country music variety show. He attended Arkansas State in Jonesboro on a vocal scholarship before moving to Nashville in 1997. Almost immediately, two of his songs were recorded by the southern-gospel group The Martins. In 1999, a mutual friend connected him to the other three members of the band (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook) and the quartet known as Little Big Town began the process of conquering the country music world. The award-winning group charted their first number one hit in 2012 with "Pontoon" and has received numerous awards including CMA Single of the Year (2012) and Vocal Group of the Year (2011, 2013); ACM Top New Vocal Duo/Group (2007), Top Vocal Group (2011), and Music Video of the Year (2013); and Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance (2013).
Doyle & Teddy Wilburn (1930-1982; 1931-2003)
Known as The Wilburn Brothers, the duo was born in Hardy and were child performers in an act called The Wilburn Family. The group was discovered by Roy Acuff and brought to the Grand in the 1940s. However, due to the child labor laws, the Wilburns were forced to leave the Grand Ole Opry after only six months. They continued to travel and were regulars on the Louisiana Hayride from 1948-51. After the family act disbanded, the brothers both served in the Army during the Korean War. After the war, they continued in country music as The Wilburn Brothers. Their first hit record was in 1954 titled "Sparkling Brown Eyes." That hit was followed by several more over the next decade. The Wilburn Brothers also had a long-running syndicated television show, "The Wilburn Brothers Show," that ran from 1963 to 1974.