Opry Comedian Jerry Clower Dies At 71

With a heart as big as the comedy he created for more than 30 years, Opry star and award-winning comedian Jerry Clower died on Monday evening, August 24th, in a Jackson, Mississippi hospital. more...

The 71 year old entertainer, perhaps best known for his bright red suits, hilarious Baptist-belted humor and stories of Yazoo City lore, was hospitalized only a few days earlier for bypass surgery.

While Clower's comedy poured out through books, countless live shows and such albums as his 1970 debut Jerry Clower From Yazoo City, Mississippi Talkin' and his new MCA disc, Peaches & Possums To Clanton, Alabama with Love, Jerry Clower, it was his love, honesty and courage to always stand up for what was right that poured out the most. A long time deacon in his church and a shining example of true Christianity, Clower loved to talk about the Lord as much as he loved to make people laugh.

Survived by his wife, Homerline, four children and several grandchildren, the Liberty, Mississippi native became the last member to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on October 27, 1973, at the famous Ryman Auditorium.

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