Roy Orbison

Orbison in 1965, Jac. de Nijs / Anefo, Nationaal Archief

Birth Name: Roy Kelton Orbison

Date of Birth: April 23, 1936

Place of Birth: Vernon, Wilbarger, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: December 6, 1988

Place of Death: Hendersonville, Tennessee, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of German, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Irish, 1/1024 French Huguenot, likely remote Dutch

Roy Orbison was an American singer, songwriter, and musician.

Roy was the son of Nadine Vesta (Shultz/Shults), a nurse, and Orbie Lee Orbison, an oil well driller and car mechanic. He was married to Claudette Frady, until her death, and to German-born entrepreneur Barbara Orbison, until his death. He had three children with Charlotte, and two children with Barbara.

Roy’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Winfield Orbison (the son of Samuel Houston Moore Orbison and Sarah Jane Strong). Roy’s grandfather Samuel was born in Missouri. Roy’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Thomas Orbison and Jenny Moore.

Roy’s paternal grandmother was Serena/Serea/Serna Evelyn/Evaline Hogue/Hougue (the daughter of George Thomas Hogue/Hougue and Charity Bea Golden). Serena was born in Arkansas.

Roy’s maternal grandfather was Royal Elmore Shults/Shultz (the son of John Campbell Shults/Shultz and Martha “Mattie” Golden). Royal was born in Texas. John was the son of William King Shultz and Mary Elizabeth Wilson.

Roy’s maternal grandmother was Maude/Maudie Della Chappel/Chappell (the daughter of James Arthur Chappel/Chappell and Julia Collier). Maude was born in Arkansas. James was the son of Jessee Madison Chappell and Paralee Frances Landers.

Sources: Genealogy of Roy Orbison –

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