Hundreds attend funeral service for Jimmy C. Newman at Ryman - WKRN News 2

Hundreds attend funeral service for Jimmy C. Newman at Ryman

Posted: Updated: Jun 25, 2014 12:17 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A funeral service for Grand Ole Opry legend Jimmy C. Newman was held Wednesday morning.

Hundreds of fans and friends attended the public service, which began at 10 a.m. inside the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

The service was followed by a private visitation and memorial service for close friends and family.

The 86-year-old singer passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. He had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956.

“Jimmy C. was such a special man, because he was not only a great entertainer, but he was thoughtful and kind and always had a joke and always had a smile. He’s someone we will really miss,” Senior Vice President of the Opry Steve Buchanan said.

Newman had just performed at the Opry on June 6 with his band, Cajun Country. Over the past 20 years he performed at the Opry more than 1,500 times.

He was perhaps best known for mixing Cajun and country music.

Some of his most popular songs included the country tunes "A Fallen Star" and "Cry, Cry, Darling" as well as the Cajun-infused "Diggy Liggy Lo," "Alligator Man" and "Bayou Talk."

In addition to being a member of the Cajun Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.

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