Former 'Hee Haw' star coming to Jasper

By ELANE JONES, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/2/16

Former “Hee Haw” star Lulu Roman said she is looking forward to returning to Jasper for a special benefit concert Oct. 8 for Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI).

“This is not the first time I’ve been to Jasper. I did a couple of …

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Former 'Hee Haw' star coming to Jasper


Former “Hee Haw” star Lulu Roman said she is looking forward to returning to Jasper for a special benefit concert Oct. 8 for Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI).

“This is not the first time I’ve been to Jasper. I did a couple of events there several years ago with George Lindsey and have also sang at a church of two there I believe,” Roman said during a recent phone interview. “So we’re looking forward to coming back and visiting again, and this concert is for such a wonderful cause. The folks at EASI do a wonderful job helping those with special needs, so we want to do whatever we can to help them continue to provide their services in that community.”

Roman was one of the most sought after female cast members of the long-running hit television series “Hee Haw.” She is famous for her side-splitting humor and jovial disposition.

Roman said she really enjoyed doing “Hee Haw,” but the times she enjoyed most on the show were when the cast were all on the set at the same time.

“We filmed different skits and things on different days so we (the cast) were not always together. But when we did the cornfield scenes everybody had to be there,” Roman said. “So we would catch up with each other and learned all about the families and I loved it. I especially enjoyed talking with Roy Acuff, because he was always talking about Jesus.”

Roman has enjoyed many successes in her life, but she has also seen her fair share of disappointments and hardships. Roman was born in a home for unwed mothers and was soon placed in an orphanage. She was born with a thyroid dysfunction, which subsequently caused her weight problem and prevented her from being adopted. It also contributed to her becoming the center of teasing by the other children at the orphanage. It was during that time she learned to use her sense of humor as a defense, which later evolved in to a highly successful career as an actress and comedienne and later landed her a lead role on “Hee Haw.”

Roman’s success and wealth from her role on “Hee Haw” proved to be poisonous. Her downward spiral into drug addiction in 1971 could have destroyed her life and career, but Roman said instead it led her to God.

“I was busted twice for the possession of dangerous drugs, and pretty much did everything you shouldn’t do,” Roman said. “I was an orphan kid and I don’t know if I just didn’t believe in God, or if there was one... well then...I was really angry with him. I didn’t have any concept really of what love is, so I had no fear and thought I had nothing to lose.”

Roman said that was the way she lived her life for a long time. She just wanted to get even and eventually ended up in a place where she was doing everything that she thought was humanly possible to make herself feel like she was worthy of being loved.

“That’s when I met up with one of the other kids from the orphanage where I once lived and she took me to her church,” Roman said. “And I’ll tell you this, those people at that church got together and literally loved the hell right out of Lulu Roman.”

Roman said accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour was a conscious decision that every person has to make on their own in order to secure a life that will give you hope.

“That’s not something anyone else can do for you. Man can give you a vision of what you think you want, but that’s not always what God wants,” Roman said. “I know it’s hard sometimes to see or even work through God’s plan, but if you will just desire to seek him and walk in faith with him, he will change your life. I know, because he changed mine. He brought me out of the darkness, around to a place where I finally understood there was a reason for me to be alive and to believe in him.”

Walking in her newfound faith in God, Roman soon began using another of her talent — her voice — to share with others how God had changed her life.

In 1999, Roman was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2002, Roman’s 16th album, a collection of hits and favorites called “Lulu, Inspired” was nominated for a Dove award, and in 2006, Roman recorded the song “Orphan Girl,” which is the title song of an “Americana” type recording project which features gospel, country and rhythm and blues music.

This almost biographical song has become her signature song and is enjoyed in concerts all over the United States. Her latest gospel project “Seven Times” has garnered an international hit song, “Do You Know How To Fly,” and is still being shared across the globe. It also features one of the last songs her precious friend Dottie Rambo wrote for her, “Move Upon Us.”

Roman completed her latest project entitled “At Last” in 2013, which features 12 of her favorite standards and classics, such as “I Will Always Love You,” “Summertime,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Til I Can Make It On My Own,” and the title song, “At Last.” Roman’s dear friends Dolly Parton, T. Graham Brown, Linda Davis and Georgette Jones also joined her on the album.

In addition to “Hee Haw,” Roman has also been a guest star on such television programs as “The Love Boat” and “Touched By An Angel.” She is also an accomplished author. Her most recent work is a cookbook “Kitchen Komforts.”

Although she has been performing for over 40 years, Roman said she has no plans to rest or retire and will continue to travel sharing her testimony, her humor and her music for as long as the Lord will let her.

The EASI Benefit Concert, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Jasper Civic Center, will also feature former Walker County resident, Ralph Earnest, and his gospel group, Sky High and Rising.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds from the concert will go to EASI.