Jimmy Dean laid to rest

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – The world said goodbye today to a country music legend. Musician, actor and businessman Jimmy Dean was laid to rest in Henrico County.

Hundreds of mourners came out to pay tribute to the life and memory of Jimmy Dean. He was described by the church as a big, big man who lived the ultimate life. And he went out in style this morning.

George Hamilton the fourth, Bill Anderson, and the Statler Brothers were among the country music legends to pay their respects to a dear friend.

"This is a sad day for many of us. But it's a happy day for Jim. He's not gone away. He's just gone before," said George Hamilton.

Television pioneer and country music icon, Jimmy Dean was remembered one last time by friends, family, and fans.

"I know Dad is looking down with a big smile on face, saying, 'see I can still pack 'em in'," said daughter Connie Dean Taylor.

Longtime friend Gene Cox narrated a tribute video looking back at dean's life. Bill Anderson read the lyrics to a Dean song. TV personality Willard Scott told stories.

"Our careers kind of paralleled in Washington D.C., when he worked across at a bus station. Well since he's come to Richmond he's done a little better than the bus station," said Scott.

Dean was taken from the church to his Varina home, to be laid to rest in a granite grand piano mausoleum overlooking the James. Inscribed on the piano, "Here lies one hell of man"; lyrics from the 1961 song that made Dean famous.

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