The McCreary County Record


January 2, 2013

Martha Hume passes

Journalist had ties to Record

WHITLEY CITY —  The McCreary County Record is saddened to learn of the passing of Martha Hume Flippo, a noted music journalist who grew up in Stearns and got her start writing for the local newspaper.

    Mrs. Flippo, 65, reportedly died in her sleep at her Nashville home in the early morning hours of December 18. She was the wife of Chet Flippo, editorial director for CMT.

    She was born in Stearns on November 20, 1947, to Clarence W. Hume and the former Hattie Pearl Carter. A former Stearns school superintendent, Mr. Hume served two stints as editor of the McCreary County Record.

    Following his first tenure from January 1929 to August 1932, Mr. Hume was succeeded by his wife for three months. Mrs. Hume eventually became the head of the local draft board, while Mr. Hume returned to manage the Record in August 1951. He would remain in the position until April 1975.

    As Martha Hume grew up, she got her first journalism experience writing for the Record. She graduated from the University of Kentucky and received a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

    She rose to prominence as a music journalist in New York, where she met Flippo (then a reporter for Rolling Stone). During her career, Hume Flippo was managing editor of Country Music magazine, the editor of the Journal of Country Music, features editor of the New York Daily News, and magazine editor for Whittle Communications in Knoxville (after relo-cating to Tennessee). She has also written for Texas Monthly, The Chicago Sun-Times, US magazine, McCall’s and Rolling Stone.

    Mrs. Flippo wrote several books, including “You’re So Cold I’m Turnin’ Blue: Martha Hume’s Guide to the Greatest in Country Music” and a 1980 biography of Kenny Rogers. She was also involved with 1999’s Intimate Portrait: Women of Country.

    In addition to her husband, Martha Hume Flippo is survived by her daughter, Kristen Bear of Denver, and son, Bennett Wallace of Louisville, as well as five grandchildren.

    Plans for a memorial service are pending.

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