Business 40 bridge in Winston-Salem could be named after country music legend

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Country singer George Hamilton IV is the grand marshal of the Kernersville July 4th parade in 1980. (David Rolfe/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — George Hamilton IV, country music legend and Winston-Salem native, believed that music builds bridges, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

Now his loved ones hope a bridge will one day bear his name.

On Monday, the Forsyth County commissioners gave their support to an effort to name the Business 40 bridge over Salem Avenue and Research Parkway after Hamilton. The final decision is up to the N.C. Board of Transportation.

Hamilton, who was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years, died in September at the age of 77. He is buried at God’s Acre, the Moravian graveyard in Old Salem, which is near the bridge.

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