In the Wake of His Fifth Wife's Death, Jerry Lee Lewis Takes Bride No. 6, Kerrie Mccarver
updated 05/14/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/14/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Last September, right after the overdose death of wife No. 5, Lewis started looking for consolation. He found it at Hernando's Hide-a-Way, a road stop near the Tennessee-Mississippi border where Kerrie sang country songs nightly. Soon after she was reported to have moved into Lewis' Nesbit, Miss, home. Mother McCarver scoffs at the scurrilous talk: "Kerrie didn't actually call that home," she explains.
By 1970 Lewis' first three marriages had ended in divorce, and in 1982 the fourth Mrs. Lewis (Jaren Gunn) drowned in a swimming pool. "I don't dwell on someone's past," says Sarah McCarver of her son-in-law. "The future is ahead for them and if they have happiness, I'm all for it."
Meanwhile Davey Mann predicts nothing but trouble for his ex-wife. "She done goofed up," he says. "She's after a career and maybe she thinks he'll do something for her. But I don't believe he will—he's too self-centered." Retorts Sarah McCarver: "Kerrie didn't marry him for his money. She's not a big spender."
Whatever the case, Kerrie seems to have married into a lot of trouble: Last March she accompanied Jerry Lee when he checked into a Memphis hospital with an overdose of muscle relaxant pills, and earlier this year she stood by his side when he faced a federal judge in Memphis for income tax evasion. Jerry Lee is now free on a $100,000 bond. No matter, Sarah McCarver now says optimistically, "He is real scared of drugs and Kerrie has him drinking only coffee."