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Judy Allison, wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, dies

Bobby Allison, NASCAR Hall of Fame member, and Judy were married for 55 years.
Bobby Allison, NASCAR Hall of Fame member, and Judy were married for 55 years. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Judy Allison, 74, the wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, died Friday in Statesville from complications after surgery, her family announced.

According to NASCAR.com, the Allison family released the statement Friday night.

"The Allison Family is sad to announce the passing of Judy A. Allison, age 74, after complications from surgery earlier today at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville.

"Bobby Allison, NASCAR Hall of Famer driver, and Judy were married for 55 years. She was surrounded by her family, daughters Bonnie Farr and Carrie Hewitt, grandson Robbie Allison, brother-in-law Donnie Allison and his wife, Pat.

"At this time, funeral and memorial arrangements are pending and will be announced when finalized."

In another statement released Friday, NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley expressed his condolences to the Allison family.

Kelley noted that "... Judy was far more than the matriarch of the Allison family and the famed Alabama Gang, she was the foundation and rock on which their success, perseverance and hard work stood.

"Judy was the epitome of grace and steadfast support beside Bobby’s stellar career, including the 1983 premier series championship and 84 premier series wins, and induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s second class in 2011.

"Judy exhibited the same grace, along with remarkable resilience and courage, in the face of Bobby’s near fatal and career ending accident in 1988 and later the loss of two sons less than 12 months apart."

Judy Allison epitomizes everything good about faith, family and NASCAR. She will be deeply missed, but her memory, impact and incredible legacy will live with us forever. "

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