Jett Williams Adkinson , daughter of the late Hank Williams Sr., is free on bond after being arrested early Tuesday morning (Feb. 25) for driving under the influence in Lebanon, Tenn., a community located approximately 30 miles east of Nashville.
According to the Lebanon Democrat newspaper, the 61-year-old Adkinson was driving a 1998 Jaguar when police officers stopped her around 2:35 a.m. for suspicion of DUI after the vehicle swerved between lanes. Officers detected slurred speech and the smell of alcohol. The newspaper reported that Adkinson admitted drinking two beers and failed a standard field sobriety test.
She was arrested for DUI and issued citations for not wearing a seatbelt and not having proof of current insurance. She was released from the Wilson County jail on a $1,000 bond.
Adkinson, a singer-songwriter, performs under the stage name of Jett Williams as a tribute to her father and mother Bobbie Webb Jett. She was born Jan. 6, 1953, five days after Hank Williams Sr. died. After her birth, Bobbie Jett granted legal custody of her daughter to Williams’ mother, Lillybelle “Lilly” Stone. After Stone died two years later, the child became a ward of the state of Alabama and was adopted by a couple in 1956. Her name was changed to Cathy Louise Deupree, and she earned a degree from the University of Alabama in 1975.
On her 21st birthday, upon learning she was to receive money from Stone’s estate, she first realized she was possibly the daughter of the Country Music Hall of Fame member. A notarized agreement was signed prior to her birth by Hank Williams and Jett. With the assistance of attorney F. Keith Adkinson, she took legal action in the early ’80s to receive her share of her father’s estate. In 1989, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled she was entitled to a share of proceeds from the estate.
She married was married to Adkinson from 1986 until his death in June 2013.