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Nacogdoches Co. highway named after country singer

The Bob Luman Memorial Highway was dedicated today by dignitaries on Highway 21 east at Thrall’s Grocery. (Source: KTRE Staff) The Bob Luman Memorial Highway was dedicated today by dignitaries on Highway 21 east at Thrall’s Grocery. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Bob Luman was a rockabilly star and Grand Ole Opry member. He was born and raised in Blackjack in Nacogdoches County. He died at 41 years old. He would have turned 79 today. (Source: KTRE Staff) Bob Luman was a rockabilly star and Grand Ole Opry member. He was born and raised in Blackjack in Nacogdoches County. He died at 41 years old. He would have turned 79 today. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Luman’s only child, Melissa Luman-Phillips traveled from her home in Nashville for the honor. She’s performing two concerts on Saturday in her father’s memory.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Luman’s only child, Melissa Luman-Phillips traveled from her home in Nashville for the honor. She’s performing two concerts on Saturday in her father’s memory. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Not every East Texan will know of the Grand Ole Opry country western singer Bob Luman, but after today they may start learning about the Nacogdoches native.

Part of State Highway 21, just east of Nacogdoches, has been renamed to the Bob Luman Memorial Highway.

It was Melissa Luman-Phillips dream to have a street named after her father, Bob Luman. Instead, fans are pleased he's got a portion of a Texas 21.

Bob Luman was born and raised in the Blackjack community, romping the hills where his highway now travels.

Melissa said East Texas was on her father's mind, all the way to Nashville.

"He loved East Texas," Luman-Phillips said. "He always talked about it. He always brought it up on stage that he was from Texas.">

Melissa would hear the stories from the backstage of the Grand Ole Opry in between her father playing his Top 10 hits including, "Let's Think About Living."

The lyrics are timeless.

The highlight of Luman's life was recording contracts with major record labels and being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1965.

Unfortunately, life was cut short for the up and coming star. He died from pneumonia at 41, when Melissa was only 12. Today would have been Luman's 79th birthday.

In her father's memory Melissa, a singer herself, will give two concerts.  

She'll sing her personal favorite Bob Luman hit, "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers."

Melissa says she's never been lonely thanks to memory of her father. For those who don't remember the rockabilly star she invites them to look him up and then take a trip on his highway. 

Saturday, the Luman family will do a meet and greet at "Heart of Texas," near downtown Nacogdoches, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Luman's daughter will perform concerts in downtown Nacogdoches Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are sold at Heart of Texas and at the door.

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