The death of Grand Old Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens on Friday sparked an outpouring of remembrances from country stars on social media, who affectionally paid homage to the diminutive star’s giant heart and sense of humor.
Brad Paisley, a close friend and fellow West Virginian, posted a touching tribute to Dickens on his Facebook page Friday, honoring the man who died at 94 as the Opry’s oldest and longest-tenured member.
Paisley unabashedly called Dickens his “hero” and was open about how Dickens took him under his wing when he was new to the Nashville music scene.
“Jimmy made more out of his time on earth than anyone I’ve ever known; an incredible life in every measurable way. Longevity? Yes, practically unheard of. Faith? Totally and wholeheartedly. Humor? There was no one funnier, or with a better sense of it. A true entertainer? The best I’ve ever seen. Charm? Unmatched. Love? This was a big one. I think he loved everyone he ever met, and if not, he never let it be known,” he wrote.
“Much will be said and written about his incredible and unique place in Country Music history. Which could fill a book. But that isn’t how I’ll remember him,” he continued, while also posting tributes on Twitter. “I will remember the human being that best check-marked all the boxes of a complete and wonderful life. My hero.”
Carrie Underwood also paid homage to Dickens’s sense of humor – which was evident to fans of his novelty hits, including “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” – his only No. 1 single.
“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!” Underwood Tweeted.
Keith Urban was also quick to honor Dickens on Twitter Friday.
“Go rest high Little Jimmy… and thank you for bringing your beautiful light into the world” he wrote.
Other stars who paid tribute to Dickens include Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry.