Jimmy Dean to have public visitation & funeral

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) –   There will be a public farewell to local music legend, Jimmy Dean. He died Sunday at his eastern Henrico County home in Varina at age 81.

He will be laid to rest in a granite grand piano mausoleum overlooking the James River.

There will be a visitation this Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home at 4650 South Laburnum Avenue.

There will be an open funeral on Monday at 11 a.m. at Grove Avenue Baptist Church, 8701 Ridge Road. Interment will be private.

Jimmy Dean wore many hats.  Country music star, actor, husband and father.

But he will be remembered most as a business man, for his brand of sausage foods that millions enjoy every morning.

He was born into poverty in 1928 in Plainview, Texas. He dropped out of high school after the ninth grade.

He went on to become a successful entertainer in the 1950's and 60's. His biggest country music hit: 1961's "Big Bad John"...about a heroic miner.

In 1969 he founded "Jimmy Dean Sausage" -- a breakfast staple still in homes across America today. He sold the company to Sara Lee in 1984.

In February of 2010, Dean was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He's survived by his wife Donna, his three children from his first marriage and two granddaughters.

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