Minnie Ledford Jennings, who performed with her sisters as the Coon Creek Girls during the 1940s and 1950s, died Wednesday at Royal Manor Nursing Home in Nicholasville after a long illness. She was 63.
    Mrs. Jennings, a singer and bass fiddle player, performed under the name "Black-eyed Susan" while with the group.
    The country music group, which had different members over the years, was built around the talents of her sister, Lily May Ledford, who died in 1985. Sister Rosie, another Coon Creek Girl, died several years ago. Mrs. Jennings joined the Coon Creek Girls in shows at Renfro Valley in Rockcastle County.
    She also was the first managing editor of the Renfro Valley Bugle newspaper. Mrs. Jennings liked to write poetry, some of which appeared in the publication.
    Mrs. Jennings, one of 14 children in a tenant family, was born in Wolfe County and had lived in Menifee and Powell counties.
    She had worked as a library assistant in Marathon, Fla., for about 11 years before returning to Kentucky a month ago.
    She was the widow of Jack Jennings.
    Surviving are a brother, Henry Kermit Ledford of Verona, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.
    Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Wray Funeral Home in Berea. Visitation will be after noon Saturday.

Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
July 24, 1987