The Celebration of Life service for Little Jimmy Dickens who passed away on January 2 this year after cardiac arrest, was held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday 8, 2015.
Among the speakers, friends and artists to pay the great little man their respect in words and music was Brad Paisley, Eddie Stubbs, Connie Smith, Pastor Mike Glenn, former President of the Grand Ole Opry Bob Whittaker, Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Bobby Tomberlin, The Old Crow Medicine Show and Roger Willis.
The service was a very worthy tribute for the "Littlest, But Biggest Star At The Opry" with stories from Little Jimmy Dickens's career told by the speakers; songs that were reflective like "When I Get Where I'm Going" performed by Brad Paisley, "Little Love Story" by Bobby Tomerlin that was sung at Little Jimmy's and his wife Mona's wedding, the Little Jimmy Dickens's hit song "Country Boy" sung by Steve Wariner, "No Tears In Heaven" performed by Chris Young, Vince Gill's "Go Rest High On That Mountain" with harmony vocals by Carrie Underwood. The service concluded with a prayer and by everyone singing "Will The Circle Be Unbroken".
In the famous circle stood Little Jimmy's guitar, his white boots and hat, where the great entertainer had stood soo many times since he was elected in 1948.
Little Jimmy Dickens was 94 years old and left a musical footprint in country music history that is beyond compare. He is survived by wife Mona and two daughters.
Shelley Ridge for Country Music News International Magazine