Mr. Jimmy Dean

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“This being the week of Father's Day I was wanted everyone to know who might read this that my Dad was a great man, great entertainer, and a great...Read More »
1 of 97 | Posted by: Connie Dean Taylor - Mahwah, NJ

“I use to watch Jimmy Dean when I was a child on the Jimmy Dean show. My mother thought he was wonderful. She got to meet him at Carlton's Store...Read More »
2 of 97 | Posted by: FREDDIE H. CROUCH - RICHMOND, VA

Our "Sleeping Beauty.......... Brooke “Mr. Dean was a person I never had the privlage to meet but through his songs I knew him well. "Big Bad John" came out when I was in my early teens. I...Read More »
3 of 97 | Posted by: Carolyn Murray - Bostic, NC

“Donna Honey, I am so incredibly sorry. I thought he would live another 19 years. He took such good care of himself. I think you got cheated of...Read More »
4 of 97 | Posted by: janet hobbs - nashville, TN

the one and only Mr. Jimmy Dean “I WAS A BIG FAN OF JIMMY DEAN AND DONNA I TRIED TO MAKE IT TO THE FUNERAL WHEN I WAS IN RICHMOND THAT DAY BUT I COULD NOT FIND THE CHURCH I AM VERY...Read More »
5 of 97 | Posted by: Barry Julian - Six Mile Run, PA

“I WAS A BIG FAN OF JIMMY DEAN AND DONNA I TRIED TO MAKE IT TO THE FUNERAL WHEN I WAS IN RICHMOND THAT DAY BUT I COULD NOT FIND THE CHURCH I AM VERY...Read More »
6 of 97 | Posted by: Barry Julian & Amber Aller - FAN

“Hi Donna! Thought I'd let things settle down a bit before writing. Wanted you to know that I would have been at Jimmy's funeral had there been any...Read More »
7 of 97 | Posted by: Sam Wellington / The Four Guys - TN

“im so sorry for your loss but he may be gone but never forgotten God needed and angel to help him so he choose jimmy my prayers are with the family...Read More »
8 of 97 | Posted by: judy hires - friend

“WHEN I WAS SIXTEEN I WAS IN TOWN IN NASHVILLE WITH A FRIEND OF MINE FROM MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS AND HE CALLED ME TO TELL ME THAT PHIL BAUGH WAS...Read More »
9 of 97 | Posted by: TAMMY LYNN MATURIN - MAURICE , LA

“Please accept our sincere condolences at this great loss. Mr. Dean has always shared a place in our home. When Mom & Dad were still with us they...Read More »
10 of 97 | Posted by: David Domeny - Thatcher, AZ - fan

“The memories shared here are very moving - a testament to a life well-lived. I recommend all of you read "30 Years of Sausage, 50 Years of Ham: Jimmy...Read More »
11 of 97 | Posted by: Gail Spragins - Somerville, TN

“Jimmy will be missed. I have a brother in law named John. I use Jimmy's song of Big Bad John for his ringtone on my cell phone. Your family is in...Read More »
12 of 97 | Posted by: Alicia Kerns

“Ms. Donna, Sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers. Bill ”
13 of 97 | Posted by: Bill Crittenden - Deltaville, VA

“SORRY FOR YOUR LOST .WISH I HAD OF SEEN HIM BEFORE HE WAS GONE. REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES AT THE BULL PEN IN NASHVILLE. WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE...Read More »
14 of 97 | Posted by: TEX MONAHAN - NASHVILLE, TN

“Good music, good food, good by Jimmy, from a fan. ”
15 of 97 | Posted by: Robert Piotrowski - Stevens Point, WI

“our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, i will always remember all of jimmy deans songs he is a legend. we go by his house on our trek...Read More »
16 of 97 | Posted by: doyle & debbie deaton - varina , VA

“WHAT A WONDERFUL 'KEEPSAKE' MEMORY OF THE MANY TIMES IN '65; '66 MY DAUGHTER; I HAD..TRACKING JIMMY DOWN WHEN HE VISITED PHOENIX..MY 9 YR. OLD , VERY...Read More »
17 of 97 | Posted by: GERALD, SHIRLEY,LINDA STEVENS - AR

“Mrs. Dean You're in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you in the time of your sorrow. Mr. Dean is now singing with all the angels up above and...Read More »
18 of 97 | Posted by: Dorothy Hickman

“Dear Donna, I will always treasure our friendship and remember all the good times that we had at the "Sare Lee Golf Tournament". I will never forget...Read More »
19 of 97 | Posted by: Jimmy & Ruth Elkins - Nashville, TN

“I met Jimmy Dean around 25 years ago when he came to Ft. Wayne to a food vendor show. He was such a gentleman. I was standing at the front door of...Read More »
20 of 97 | Posted by: Lisa Underwood - Ft. Wayne, IN

“I always was a big fan of Jimmy's music and his TV show. The fact that he was from fifty miles away, just made us like him more. He seemed to keep...Read More »
21 of 97 | Posted by: Lea Criswell - Lubbock, TX - Fan

“I can remember when I was alittle boy watching the Jimmy Dean Show on the tv . I became a fan of country music from the results of the show . My...Read More »
22 of 97 | Posted by: Bill Harper - Sandston, VA - fan

“i was so sorry to hear of your loss i loved him his song to a sleeping beauty i had read at my daughter wedding. he will be greatly missed ”
23 of 97 | Posted by: sheila lynn burt - fan

“I remember when I was about 9 or 10 years of age and we lived on Church Hill, and they were tearing down houses with a bull doszer, and my daddy had...Read More »
24 of 97 | Posted by: Joanne Brown - Ashland, VA

“want to send my condolences to the family of jimmy dean. you are in my prayers.he will be missed deeply. ”
25 of 97 | Posted by: brenda mitchell - mineral, VA

Me with all my Jimmy Dean Albums “It was about 1965-1966 I fell in love with Jimmy Dean. I was 9-10 years old & I remember my Mother taking me to see him every time he was in town...Read More »
26 of 97 | Posted by: Linda Hughes - Casa, AR - Fan

“i just finished reading jimmy's book"thirty years of sausage, fifty years of ham".very good!I'm originally from seminole,tx.-just down the road from...Read More »
27 of 97 | Posted by: Diane McCleskey - Amarillo, , TX

“With deepest sympathy. ”
28 of 97 | Posted by: Bob Rainbolt - Fredericksbsurg, VA

“Would always be cheerful when he called into the office and wanted me to visit him and Donna to fish in their lake. Never made it but kept in touch....Read More »
29 of 97 | Posted by: Lisa Laird Smith - Arlington, TN

Jimmy and Donna on the Big Bad John “It was my pleasure to meet Donna and Jimmy when I was employed at Jimmy Dean Foods in Cordova, Tennessee. Two talented entertainers and gracious...Read More »
30 of 97 | Posted by: Gail Spragins - Somerville, TN

“My heart goes out to the family of a dear man. I am a native Texan from Plainview. I remember my mother and one of her friends taking me to see Jimmy...Read More »
31 of 97 | Posted by: Carla Miller - Ringgold, GA

“JImmj Iam Glad to have know You. You were The Tall TX.i ”
32 of 97 | Posted by: Daniel Schull - Manassas, VA

“I had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy at the State Fair of Texas when I was pregnant with my oldest son (he is now 25). We stood in line for what...Read More »
33 of 97 | Posted by: Melissa Reddin - Bel Air, MD

“I worked at a restsruant that you and Jimmy use to visit. I remember what joy it was just to have both of you there. When I was first told who ya'll...Read More »
34 of 97 | Posted by: Annette Harvey - Richmond, VA

“My husband, Don Helms, steel player for Hank Williams Sr. and others, had worked many shows with Jimmy. I will always cherish our visits, and the...Read More »
35 of 97 | Posted by: Hazel Helms - Hendersonville, TN

“Donna, Sorry to hear about your loss. Jimmy was a fine man. Jerry Anderson ”
36 of 97 | Posted by: Jerry Anderson - Friend

“My family played Jimmy's Christmas album every year. In fact, we had copies made a few years ago for both of our grown kids. It just wasn't Christmas...Read More »
37 of 97 | Posted by: Sally Oldham - Midlothian, VA

“Just a memory of Mr. Dean, I reemeber my Dad saying How he touched so many lives with his good ness and his music. His smiling and his caring about...Read More »
38 of 97 | Posted by: Nancy Duncan - Lubbock, TX

“In the late '50's, I remember getting up early every morning to watch Jimmy Dean before I went to school and before the Today show came on. He was...Read More »
39 of 97 | Posted by: Lyn - Midlothian, VA - Fan

“Donna, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My sister Evelyn always speaks fondly of you and your brother Curtis and seeing you and...Read More »
40 of 97 | Posted by: Brenda Tucker Wilbon

“Our memory of Jimmy Dean goes back to the 1950's when we spent many a Friday/Saturday night behind the radio Station, WARL in Arlington, Va,...Read More »
41 of 97 | Posted by: Charlie and Carol Moser - VA

“HI DONNA, IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I LAST SAW YOU SINGING AT BUBBA'S ON ONE OF MY MANY VISITS THERE BUT YOU SURE KNEW HOW TO GET THE CROWD IN THE...Read More »
42 of 97 | Posted by: DENNIS NORMAN - WEST POINT, VA

“Donna: Louise and I are so sorry for your loss of Jimmy. Please accept our sincere condolences We always enjoyed being with you and Jimmy. He always...Read More »
43 of 97 | Posted by: Herndon Smith - Hopewell, VA

“Donna, I would like to say God will help you thru this. He will be missed by a lot of people country music one as other. I use to watch him on his...Read More »
44 of 97 | Posted by: Gloria (RED) Leech - VA

“Will miss you singing ”
45 of 97 | Posted by: Glenn and Karen Osenbaugh and Beau - OK

“Jimmy, It was a great honor and pleasure to have worked with you in Little Rock. We shared some great times together. You will be missed. A place is...Read More »
46 of 97 | Posted by: Carl Williamson - Prim, AR

“Besides his songs "Big Bad John" included.... Some of my fondest memories growing up in the 70's was my Grandma making her stuffing and adding her...Read More »
47 of 97 | Posted by: Rocco - Fan

“to a real great country singer and a swell person too. put him up there with tenn. ernie ford. we need more of theres kind of people in the world...Read More »
48 of 97 | Posted by: don onion

“I've eaten your sausage every day for 25 years, with a biscuit. Need I say more? ”
49 of 97 | Posted by: Dan - Philly, PA - Sausage

“Jimmy Dean was my first celebrity interview. Later in my career as the midday personality/ founding programmer for Jones Radio/ Dial Global's Classic...Read More »
50 of 97 | Posted by: Lew Jones - Denver, CO

“Mr. Dean - you were one helluva man! I enjoyed your music and admired you as a person. My condolences. ”
51 of 97 | Posted by: Anne Farwell - Trappe, MD - Fan

“Jimmy recorded a song I wrote called "Aint Life Sweet" and I always considered it a great treasure and still do. I played Bass on an album with Jimmy...Read More »
52 of 97 | Posted by: Ronny Hughes - Franklin, TN

“God Gave You A Gift and You Shared It With The World. Thank You. ”
53 of 97 | Posted by: Anthony Conley - Starke, FL - Fan

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dean family. ”
54 of 97 | Posted by: Gary Shifflet (The Inner Faith Band) - VA

“Sorry for the loss of Mr Jimmy Dean Barry ”
55 of 97 | Posted by: Barry Julian - Six Mile Run, PA

“I already posted one on here but just can't get you out of my mind!!! Since I was three my entire family knows what a special bond you and I had....Read More »
56 of 97 | Posted by: Tiffany Baugh - Keller, TX

“I know how much Tex Ritter thought of Jimmy Dean. I heard so many wonderful stories from him about the early years. I was fortunate to get to meet...Read More »
57 of 97 | Posted by: Lynn Gray - Nashville, TN

“When I was 12, I didn't care for Jimmy Dean. Why? Well, I was 12 and liked rock and roll; I thought he played country. Well, I grew and so did my...Read More »
58 of 97 | Posted by: Buck Nelson - Henrico, VA - fan

“WNKX Radio played Jimmy Dean music alongside the "country" music of today. Mr. Dean was a giant of a man who left a great legacy. May God cover you...Read More »
59 of 97 | Posted by: Sheila Wooten - Centerville, TN

“May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always, and strength in the companionship of those who share your loss.... I have...Read More »
60 of 97 | Posted by: Magallon Family - na - na

“Rest in peace dear friend your work on earth is done, but, your legacy and music will live on forever! ”
61 of 97 | Posted by: Connie Owens - Snow Hill, NC

“My condolences to the Dean Family. I remember meeting Jimmie once many summers ago when he and his family were staying at The Tides Inn in Irvington,...Read More »
62 of 97 | Posted by: Tom Gale - Kilmarnock, VA

“Donna, our deepest symphony to you. We know how close the two of you were. Our time with Jimmy was an experience. He was most talented, entertaining...Read More »
63 of 97 | Posted by: Jerrie & Jim Richardson - VA

“I would like to thank Mr. Dean for his gracious support of Varina High School, my daughter was on his Dean's List and received a beautiful leather...Read More »
64 of 97 | Posted by: S. Annette Meade

“I first met Jimmy at his mother's home in Seth Ward. She used to cut my hair. A friend and I went to see if we could get his autograph. We asked Mrs....Read More »
65 of 97 | Posted by: John Truett - Plainview, TX

“i have been a fan of jimmy ever since i was a little girl my grandmother love his big bad john song and i liked the song he did about his daughter ,i...Read More »
66 of 97 | Posted by: tammy landram - front royal , VA

“Donna, My friend Maxine Roberts used to come to the Stockyard to see you perform and once I came with her and met you. Maxine is now in a home for...Read More »
67 of 97 | Posted by: Lorene Mann - Madison, TN

“Loved Jimmy on his T.V. show in the 60's. As so many others have said, he if often a part of happy memories of times past. I recently moved to Jimmy...Read More »
68 of 97 | Posted by: Paul Brusko - Henrico, VA - fan

“Mrs. Dean and family, My husband and I got off work to come to the Golden Voice Awards in Nashville, TN a few years ago. As we got on the elevator at...Read More »
69 of 97 | Posted by: Frances G Miller - Batesburg, SC

“Mrs. Dean and family Please accept my dear condolences on the loss of one of country musics most treaured entertainers, Although I have never met Mr....Read More »
70 of 97 | Posted by: Bob Beyer - fan

“He will be missed by country music fans everywhere. He was one of a kind. ”
71 of 97 | Posted by: Paula Sebastian - Fan

You gave this to me when I was about 3 & you drew a cat & a dog on the back.  I cherish this photo. “Jimmy was always near and dear to my heart. He stole my heart when I was about three years old, living in Nashville. At Knott's Berry Farm he came...Read More »
72 of 97 | Posted by: Tiffany Baugh - Friend

“My deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of this dear and wonderfully talented man. Thanks..Mr. Jimmy Dean for your many and memorable...Read More »
73 of 97 | Posted by: Jay Payton - Dallas, TX - Fan

“Jimmy Dean was one of the true class acts in Country Music. We will all miss him and we are remembering his family and friends in our prayers. ”
74 of 97 | Posted by: Joe Kelly - Phoenix, AZ - DJ

“Several years ago I sent you a card because I felt the Richmond newpaper snubbed you and Jimmy after an appearance at a Floyd Cramer concert. I was...Read More »
75 of 97 | Posted by: Marie Mayes - Hopewell, VA

“To Mrs Dean and family...my sincere condolences. I have such a happy memory of Jimmy and watching his T.V. show. Today is my mother's birthday and...Read More »
76 of 97 | Posted by: Jackie Brown - Quinton, VA - fan

“MS DEAN ! So sorry to hear the sad news!! my prayers are with you ,family & friends @ this time. I always loved JIMMY singing & his songs.I...Read More »
77 of 97 | Posted by: rose hoover - sevierville, TN

“God Bless Jimmy, his family and friends. You will be missed Jimmy. ”
78 of 97 | Posted by: Bob Bien

“My condolences to the family. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Jimmy Dean but do have and enjoy some of his LP's. I wish to send my thanks for...Read More »
79 of 97 | Posted by: TSGT WILBUR C WATTS, USAF RET - MO

“My thoughts and prayers are with you, Donna during this difficult time. He will always be Mr. Dean to me, but you and he both made me feel like...Read More »
80 of 97 | Posted by: Patricia M Sepety - Quinton, VA

“I just wanted to extend my sympathies. I never knew him, but I saw him perform on television and had his records (through my mother, who introduced...Read More »
81 of 97 | Posted by: Michael Green - Las Vegas, NV

“You inspired many people to greatness that you most probably never known until now. I was one of them. May your journey be peaceful and your...Read More »
82 of 97 | Posted by: Kevin Clark

“Donna I send my prayers and condolences and I pray the Lord will comfort you and draw you close to Him in the loss of your husband and one of my all...Read More »
83 of 97 | Posted by: Rev. Danny Shatswell - Gallatin, TN

SHEB WOOLEY & LINDA DOTSON-WOOLEY on filmset of HOOSIERS “Dear Donna... My sweet SHEB went to heaven almost 7 yrs ago along with our great friend JOHHN CASH a few days earlier. I am CERTAIN they have...Read More »
84 of 97 | Posted by: MRS SHEB WOOLEY (LINDA DOTSON-WOOLEY - TN

“Jimmy was an American hero and will be remembered for his friendliness, his smile and good humor. He will be sorely missed by the American public and...Read More »
85 of 97 | Posted by: Ann Prestage - Bella Vista, AR

In these sad and lonely moments a sign of friendship is very important. “Donna, I am sure that you do not remember me - but still you were often in my thoughts. It has been sooo many years since we have met during Fan Fair...Read More »
86 of 97 | Posted by: Irene Schmidt - Music

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We have included a photo of many years ago of Redd, Jimmy & Pee Wee King at a performance together...Read More »
87 of 97 | Posted by: Billy & Sharon Stewart (son & daughter-in-law of the late Redd S - NC

“Donna & Jimmy’s Family, You and family are in all of country music industry’s thoughts and prayers, as we love you dearly, and we are here...Read More »
88 of 97 | Posted by: Marty Martel - Hendersonville, TN

“I was and am a fan of Jimmy Dean and remember when he and his beautiful wife, Donna, came as our special guests to the Hopewell Woman's Club. Jimmy...Read More »
89 of 97 | Posted by: Melva Ingram Armstrong - Hopewell, VA

“Mrs. Dean, Please accept my condolences. My parents and grandparents spoke fondly of going to see Mr. Dean, Roy Clark, Jimmy Riddle, etc. when they...Read More »
90 of 97 | Posted by: John Flippo

“I remember when Donna Meade was a guest on the Ralph Emory Show and Jimmy Dean was also a guest. I believe that is the night that sparked a loving...Read More »
91 of 97 | Posted by: Frances Norris - Hopewell, VA

“My heart goes out to you Donna as well as the rest of the family. Growing up I always looked up to Jimmy like a superhero and always valued the times...Read More »
92 of 97 | Posted by: Janet Getty Monk - Richardson, TX

“Donna I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Jimmy. I know how much you love him. When we e-mailed after I got married it was so great that we had...Read More »
93 of 97 | Posted by: Cathy Jo Burgess Bennett - VA

“Jimmy Dean stole my heart back in the 1960s when he appeared at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Im 49 years old now. my mom still tells me that...Read More »
94 of 97 | Posted by: Ramona Allison-Rhodes

“Dear Donna, I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Jimmy's passing. I still remember the wonderful evening I spent with the two of you when...Read More »
95 of 97 | Posted by: Michelle MG Lampkin

“I can remember my dad having a 45 of Big Bad John on one side and Ballad of a Teenage Queen on the other we wore it out. Also remember watching Mr....Read More »
96 of 97 | Posted by: Marvin Wendel - Conway, AR - Fan

“Back in the 60's I attended Webster Academy in mass. with his son,only meet the man 2 times but remember him as being very friendly and very tall. ...Read More »
97 of 97 | Posted by: Tom Tedder - granby, CT - admirer


Jimmy Ray Dean, 81, died suddenly but peacefully at his home on the James River in Varina, VA on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Jimmy was born into poverty August 10, 1928 in Olton, TX and was predeceased by his mother, Ruth Taylor Dean , father George Otto Dean and brother Don Taylor Dean. As a young man Jimmy joined our nation’s Armed Forces, and while stationed at Bolling AFB in Washington , DC, he began his musical career performing in nightclubs. Eventually his talents took him to radio, television, writing songs and making records. After being discovered on local television, he starred in “The Jimmy Dean Show” on CBS and ABC-TV. In the 1960’s and 70’s he went on to record many hit songs including “P.T. 109”, “To A Sleeping Beauty”, the perennial Mother’s Day favorite “IOU” and the self penned, Grammy Award winning hit “Big Bad John.” Jimmy’s career led him to regular performances in the casinos of Las Vegas and Reno, NV, as well as the Hollywood Palace, The London Palladium and Carnegie Hall. As an actor Jimmy portrayed Fess Parker’s sidekick on “The Daniel Boone Show’ in the 1960’s, and in 1971 he starred with Sean Connery in the James Bond movie ‘Diamonds Are Forever.” Jimmy’s investments included founding the most successful sausage company in America. In 1984 he sold Jimmy Dean Foods to the Sara Lee Corporation, but remained their company spokesperson for many years. Jimmy retired in 2001 but remained active in his community as a benefactor to local schools. He served on the board of Virginia’s Game and Inland Fisheries, was a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and will be inducted posthumously in October of this year into The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Jimmy is survived by his wife of 18 years, Donna Meade Dean of Varina, daughter Connie Dean Taylor of Mahwah, NJ, sons Garry T. Dean and wife Yoon of Stratford, CT, and Robert R. Dean and wife Jennifer of Old Tappan, NJ. He is also survived by his granddaughters Caroline S. Taylor and Brianna Rae Dean. Visitation will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home on Laburnum Ave. on Sunday, June 20 from 12 noon until 8 PM, and a celebration of Jimmy’s life will be held on Monday, June 21 at 11 AM at Grove Ave. Baptist Church. Interment will be private for the family at the Dean home on Chaffin’s Bluff.

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