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Grand Ole Opry’s Oldest Member Is Now Ralph Stanley


The reports of the death of Little Jimmy Dickens noted that he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.   So who is  now the oldest member you ask….. The Opry says it’s Ralph Stanley, who will be 88 next month. The longest running member is Jean Shepard, who joined in 1955.   Country music has been mourning since Little Jimmy Dickens passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

Ralph Stanley will release Ralph Stanley & Friends:  Man of Constant Sorrow on Jan 19, exclusively at all Cracker Barrell Old Country Store locations and online at   The album features guest artists Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack and more!

Little Jimmy Dickens’ Funeral Arrangements Announced

Little Jimmy Dickens

Funeral arrangements for Little Jimmy Dickens have been announced. A public visitation is set for Wednesday, January 7th from 4pm-8pm at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home on Thompson Lane in Nashville. A public Celebration of Life will be held at 11am Thursday at The Grand Ole Opry House. Both events are open to the public.

Little Jimmy Dickens died Friday after suffering cardiac arrest. He was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day after suffering a stroke. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends!

To see what his fellow country artists are saying about his passing here.

Little Jimmy Dickens Passes Away

Little Jimmy Dickens

Our hearts are broken tonight with the news that Grand Ole Opry star, Little Jimmy Dickens has passed away after being admitted into a Nashville hospital earlier this week. The 94 year old country legend suffered a stroke on Christmas day, and has been in the hospital ever since.

“The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens,” shared Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President & General Manager. “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.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized, but Opry officials said a public visitation and a public service are being planned.

Dickens is survived by his wife, Mona, and his two daughters, Pamela Detert and Lisa King.

This is truly a heartbreaking day for all who loved country music and The Grand Ole Opry. Jimmy was a shining light of happiness to all who knew and loved him.

Little Jimmy Dickens Hospitalized

Little Jimmy Dickens

Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens has been admitted into a Nashville hospital for an undisclosed illness. The singer turned 94 on December 19th. His family and friends are requesting prayers. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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