Former Music Publisher Terrell Tye Dead at 58

Terrell Tye, former Nashville music publisher and former wife of Grand Ole Opry member Hal Ketchum, died Saturday (Dec. 25) in Nashville. She was 58. Until that company was purchased in 2000 by Universal Music Publishing Group, Tye was a partner in Forerunner Music with Garth Brooks’ producer, Allen Reynolds, singer-songwriter Jim Rooney and sound engineer Mark Miller. Forerunner’s 1,500-song catalog contained hits by Ketchum, Brooks, Kathy Mattea, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood, including “Small Town Saturday Night,” “The Thunder Rolls,” “Goin’ Gone,” “How Long Gone,” “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away” and “Like We Never Had a Broken Heart.” Tye is survived by two sons, Josh and Zack Allen. A memorial service will be held Friday (Dec. 31) at noon at Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville.