Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Little Jimmy Dickens was remembered Thursday (Jan. 8) at a Celebration of Life service held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Dickens, 94, died Friday (Jan. 2).
Dickens last performed at the Opry on Dec. 20. His first performance on the show was in 1948.
The Opry stage was sparsely decorated with flowers. Dickens’ guitar, white boots and white hat rested on the 6-foot dark oak circle, center stage. Some of his costumes were displayed to the side of the stage. Two photos of Dickens surrounded the podium.
Brad Paisley hosted the two-hour celebration which included words and music by fellow artists, friends and family members.
Paisley performed “When I Get Where I’m Going,” and Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood “Go Rest High on that Mountain,” along with other performances by Steve Wariner, Chris Young, Old Crow Medicine Show, Connie Smith and Bobby Tomberlin.
Speakers included WSM radio’s Eddie Stubbs, Opry general manager Pete Fisher, retired Opry president Bob Whittaker and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton.
Family member Roger Willis told of taking Dickens to West Virginia recently to visit his sisters, his homeplace and the gravesites of his mother and grandparents.
Dickens’ pastor Dr. Mike Glenn spoke and shared stories of their friendship over the years.
At the conclusion of the service, Paisley and fellow artists led the attendees in singing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”