Country Stars Reflect on Burt Reynolds’ Life

Dolly Parton Says Goodbye to Her "Favorite Sheriff"

As the news of Burt Reynolds’ death started to spread on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 6), country stars rushed to social media to reflect on the life of the leading man in so many stories on both big and small screens.

Dolly Parton was one of the first to share her heartfelt condolences, after having worked with Reynolds on the 1982 comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Parton was the madam Mona Stangley to Reynolds’ sheriff Ed Earl Dodd.

“Oh how sad I am today along with Burt‘s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men. I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff,” Parton wrote, “rest in peace my little buddy and I will always love you, Dolly.”

Brad Paisley took the time to cover Don Williams’ “If Hollywood Don’t Need You,” and telling the world that Reynolds taught country boys how to be cool.

Reba shared the silverscreen with Reynolds, too. In 1993 they co-starred in The Man From Left Field. She shared her goodbyes, along with the other stars who had a connection to Reynolds, including Blake Shelton, LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, Mark Wills, Big Kenny, John Rich, Travis Tritt and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Editor’s note: CMT will air encore presentations of The Bandit the 2016 documentary about Smokey & the Bandit through the weekend. The encore presentations are set for Friday (Sept. 7) at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET and Saturday (Sept. 9) at 12 p.m. ET following an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Without a Paddle will also air on Friday following the 10 p.m. airing.

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