NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music star Little Jimmy Dickens died Friday of cardiac arrest after having a stroke on Christmas. He was 94.
Several country musicians took to Twitter to post condolences for the beloved Grand Ole Opry fixture, including North Carolinians Scotty McCreery, Ronnie Milsap and Charlie Daniels.
Check out the tweets below:
RIP Little Jimmy Dickens
— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) January 3, 2015
His name may be Little Jimmy Dickens, but he was a giant in Country Music. He always made you feel… http://t.co/yIw3s9sfKF
— Ronnie Milsap (@ronniemilsap) January 3, 2015
Just got the word about Little Jimmy Dickens passing. I am deeply saddened. We have lost a precious treasure pic.twitter.com/Wm7PqGxwmV
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) January 3, 2015
I know why it's raining in Nashville. Little Jimmy is in heaven now making the Angels laugh so hard, they're crying. We'll miss you, friend!
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) January 3, 2015
It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to my hero and friend today. I loved you Jimmy.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) January 3, 2015
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) January 3, 2015
— Diamond Rio (@DiamondRioBand) January 3, 2015
— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) January 3, 2015
RIP Little Jimmy Dickens… Loved fishing with you, loved your music, and loved you as a person most… http://t.co/uDSWZyCpyh
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) January 3, 2015
It won't be the same without Little Jimmy Dickens at the @opry tomorrow, but I know he'll be there in spirit. Now he's cracking up Jesus.
— Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) January 3, 2015
It takes a mighty BIG person to laugh at yourself and invite others to laugh along with you. Of all the art… http://t.co/aElxfGyBrO
— Billy Dean (@billydean) January 3, 2015
Man LITLE JIMMY DICKENS all I can say is it don't get no bigger or better !!!! U are going to be missed!! Love ya
— Eddie Montgomery (@LuckymanEddie) January 3, 2015
Just wanna say I'm honored to have met little jimmy dickens. Great man, and great representative of our brand. RIP LJD… Sincerely…JM
— Justin Moore (@JustinColeMoore) January 3, 2015
My first payin gig…George Jones hired me and Little Jimmy Dickens..I was 16…he was 60:)…we were friends f then on..peaceful journeys:)
— Clay Walker (@ClayWalker) January 3, 2015
— Terri Clark (@TerriClarkMusic) January 3, 2015
— Wynonna (@Wynonna) January 3, 2015
Little Jimmy Dickens passed away today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest On Peace Tater! pic.twitter.com/MdncInIMuS
— Rhonda Vincent (@RhondaVincent13) January 3, 2015
Dickens joined the Opry, the showcase for country music, in 1948.
“The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens,” Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher said in a statement. “He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come.”
Dickens — known for his diminutive stature, colorful rhinestone-studded jackets and keen sense of humor — had several novelty hits, beginning in 1949. “May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose,” “Out Behind the Barn,” and “Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait)” are among his fans’ favorite tunes. Another is “I’m Little, But I’m Loud.”
The 4-foot-11-inch artist was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Mona Dickens, and two daughters.
Plans were still being formed for a funeral, as well as a public viewing and service as of Friday night.