Tags: US | Obit | Jimmy | Dean

Singer, Sausage Businessman Jimmy Dean Dies at 81

Sunday, 13 Jun 2010 11:10 PM

 

Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, has died. He was 81.

His wife, Donna Meade Dean, says her husband died at 7:54 p.m. Sunday at their Henrico County, Va., home, south of Richmond.

She tells The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock.

Born in 1928, Dean was raised in poverty in Plainview, Texas, and dropped out of high school after the ninth grade. But he went on to a successful entertainment career in the '50s and '60s.

In 1969, Dean went into the sausage business, starting the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. He sold the company to Sara Lee Corp. in 1984.

© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

House Committee Slams VA for Not Releasing Health Data

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 22:56 PM

The Department of Veterans Affairs came under fire Wednesday for holding back information crucial to overseeing its aili . . .

Mike Huckabee: Misquote on 'Trashy Women' Was No Mistake

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 22:51 PM

Former Fox News host Mike Huckabee says it was no mistake when the website Politico reported that he said the women of F . . .

Senate Health Panel Leaving Out Obamacare Opponents

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 22:21 PM

With the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) scheduled to hold hearings Thursday morning on wh . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved