John Lee Pettimore, Jnr

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John Lee Pettimore, Jnr

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Copperhead Road, Mountain City, Johnson County, Tennessee, United States
Death: circa 1970 (41-58)
Kingston Pike outside Bearden, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States (Motor vehicle accident)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Lee Pettimore, Snr
Father of John Lee Pettimore III
Brother of N.N. Pettimore

Occupation: Moonshine runner
Managed by: Alex Moes
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About John Lee Pettimore, Jnr

Now Daddy ran the whiskey in a big black Dodge
Bought it at an auction at the Mason's Lodge
Johnson County Sheriff painted on the side
Just shot a coat of primer then he looked inside

Well him and my uncle tore that engine down
I still remember that rumblin' sound
When the sheriff came around in the middle of the night
Heard mama cryin', knew something wasn't right
He was headed down to Knoxville with the weekly load
You could smell the whiskey burnin' down Copperhead Road

The song "Copperhead Road" seemingly contains subtle references to "The Ballad of Thunder Road", another Steve Earle song about moonshine running. The second verse talks about the sheriff informing the boy's mother of his dad's (implied) death while "headin' down to Knoxville with the weekly load" (in "Thunder Road", the bootlegger ran off Kingston Pike outside Bearden, a community in Knoxville)

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John Lee Pettimore, Jnr's Timeline

1920
1920
Mountain City, Johnson County, Tennessee, United States
1945
1945
Mountain City, Johnson County, Tennessee, United States
1970
1970
Age 50
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States