Little Jimmy Dickens passed away Friday at age 94.
I just came upon this West Virginia Public Broadcasting sit-down with him from 2007, when he was being inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. For those who knew him primarily as a merry Opry showman, this rare chance to see Dickens speak seriously, at some length, about his life and career might give a better sense of who he was as a person.
The Tennessean has a nice, thorough, Peter Cooper-penned obit with even more detail.
Do not mourn Little Jim. Celebrate him. Relive and share the memories. Aspire to be like him. And above all, laugh at the punchlines, the craziness, and the way he so gracefully made this planet a funnier, better, richer place while he was alive. And in doing so, he will continue to for years to come.
— Friend and fellow West Virginia native Brad Paisley, on Facebook