ROD GUAJARDO / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Judith Coghlan Lewis shows her photo album from her recent marriage to roackabilly rocker Jerry Lee Lewis. The couple got married March 9 at a house they were staying at on the Natchez bluffs.

Goodness Gracious: ‘Killer’ weds, for 7th time, in Natchez

Published 12:11am Friday, March 30, 2012

NATCHEZ — In the small living room of a house on the Natchez bluffs, with only close friends, family and a preacher in attendance, Ferriday’s native son and rockabilly rocker Jerry Lee Lewis tied his seventh knot.

And since true love has never been restricted by age or scandal for “The Killer,” marrying his cousin’s ex-wife who’s 13 years younger wasn’t going to stop the vows from being exchanged.

“Once we sat down in front of the preacher, everything just felt right,” said newlywed Judith Coghlan Lewis. “Neither of us feels like we’ve been married before, so this was like the first time for both of us.”

The 76-year-old Lewis, famous for top hits like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” had been visiting the Miss-Lou for approximately a month with his betrothed before finally setting a date for the wedding. Click here for picture gallery from Jerry Lee Lewis’ wedding

The couple first met more than 25 years ago when Jerry Lee was playing a show in Las Vegas and Judith’s then boyfriend, Rusty, also Jerry’s cousin, took her to seek family approval.

“We went to the show and Jerry just looked at me and said (to Rusty), ‘If you don’t marry her, I will,’” Judith said. “I didn’t think much of it back then, but looking back, who would have thought we would end up together?”

Submitted photo — Jerry Lee Lewis kisses his new wife Judith.

Judith married Rusty soon after and Jerry was out of the picture until two years ago when Rusty asked her to start taking care of Jerry as health issues began to arise with the singer.

“At that time, Jerry hadn’t been to the hospital in years and he needed someone to take care of him because he was very sick,” Judith said. “It wasn’t romantic or anything like that at first, but after about six months, Jerry and I knew something was happening between us, but we weren’t really sure what was going on.”

Traveling back and forth between Jerry’s house in Nesbit and her house in Monroe, Ga., began taking its toll on the caregiver.

“Going back and forth was bad, but what really changed it was when he went on a trip without me with his daughter to Los Angeles,” Judith said. “He came back and was so sick, and I just said, ‘I don’t know how we’re going to work this out, but you can never go on another trip without me.’”

Judith filed for divorce in 2010, and that same year got a surprising gift under the Christmas tree.

“He gave me a ring for Christmas, but didn’t tell me it was an engagement ring until a few months later,” Judith said. “He just said, ‘I just want to let you know that the ring I gave you for Christmas was a promise that I will marry you.’”

  • Anonymous

    Still the “Killer”!

  • Anonymous

    Anything for attention………

  • Anonymous

    And some people say that same-sex couples getting married is what takes the sanctity out of marriage…….

  • Anonymous

     “Neither of us feels like we’ve been married before, so this was like the first time for both of us.”

    I guess the dementia has set in.

  • Anonymous

    May the Good Lord bless his/her marriage, and may they live together in joy and peace ’til the end! Lewis will ALWAYS be ” ‘da Bomb”- very few piano players can truly emulate his style. Rock on, Jerry, rock on!

  • khakirat

    Hope them the very best of luck in life and God bless them and I’ll alway remember the 50′s as the 60′s him singing at Morgans!!!

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  • Anonymous

    That’s my home boy from Ferriday where he learned how to rock & roll with soul. The lesson here is that you only have one life to live,so enjoy it Jerry!

  • Anonymous

    Killer should stop going to family reunions.  His first wife was a cousin and the 7th is an ex-wife of a cousin.

  • Anonymous

    One of my all time favorite.

  • Anonymous

    You can take the boy out of the Miss-Lou, but you can’t take the Miss-Lou out of the boy!  Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Killer! 

    There is a new book coming out May 1 by J.D. Davis titled “Unconquered” that cronicles the lives of Jerry Lee, Mickey, and Jimmy.  Supposed to be a great book with lots of Miss-Lou facts and connections! 

  • Anonymous

    Judith Coughlin Brown is playing the good folks of Natchez for fools. 

  • Peter Checksfield

     His first wife wasn’t a cousin – that was his 3rd wife. 

  • Anonymous

    I stand corrected.  I was thinking about it after the post and sort of remembered he was running around on the wife when he was pursuing cuz.