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  1. Carol Rose
    January 12, 2016 @ 4:27 am

    Through tears of sadness for our loss of Jim Ed and joy that he is now cancer free with Jesus. How the world loves all of you “country singers”. Bill you do your fans proud. It is an honor to be a fan for 55 years. May God bless you and the Brown family.

  2. Bill Anderson’s Touching Salute to Jim Ed Brown | Pure Country 104.9
    July 10, 2015 @ 4:25 am

    […] Bill shared the touching story on his website, and we wanted to pass along the story just as Bill unfolded it. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. […]

  3. Paul Pierce
    June 29, 2015 @ 12:06 am

    I told Maxine brown I bet you all will be inducted in the Hall of Fame next year.(I told her this last year) She said no I really don’t think we will ever get in the country Music Hall of Fame. Well Maxine, Bonnie & Jim Ed “YOU FINALLY GOT YOUR SPECIAL SPOT IN THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME.” I just so sorry that Jim Ed won’t be there in Oct.(He will in spirit) to see this very special event for Three of the very best singers that “GOD” put on this earth. I hope that you Maxine & Bonnie Will still play the Opry because we dearly love The Browns. So Miss Maxine you finally made your mark in country music. Well done ladies. Mr. Jim Ed Brown I really enjoyed the times backstage at the opry we had. You telling some of the funny stories that had happen to you and your sisters. You Mr. Brown I will never ever forget you and I thank you so much for signing all the different CD jackets, Posters & Booklets. I love you SIR. R.I.P. My Friend.

  4. Ruth Shy
    June 27, 2015 @ 3:02 am

    Bill I think that was so nice he pick you ,and I think they should of done it a long time ago I know he did to .And I am sure you think it to But he had a friend like you to be there that cool,,love ya Bill

  5. Jo Criss
    June 24, 2015 @ 6:06 pm

    Thank you Bill, for sharing this touching tribute to Jim Ed. Now there are more “teardrops floating down the river” I cried the whole time I was reading this. Love you and Jim Ed. God Bless you !!

  6. Willie and Merle Start Strong; The Dixie Chicks Return; Remembering Jim Ed Brown | Country California
    June 16, 2015 @ 4:21 pm

    […] Opry star Bill Anderson posted a nice story about a special visit to the hospital to induct Brown into the Country Music Hall of Fame once it […]

  7. Jo
    June 16, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

    what a wonderful story and what a wonderful friend you are Bill thanks for sharing with your fans .

  8. Stephanie Noble
    June 16, 2015 @ 2:30 am

    Hear is my cell number 1-936-212-3962

  9. Stephanie Noble
    June 16, 2015 @ 2:27 am

    I Like your singing i wish i could have the Family Reunion Cd for free i don’t money to send for it

  10. Harriet Pihera
    June 15, 2015 @ 6:59 pm

    I remember seeing you and Jim Ed. in Wisconsin at the Crystal Grand theater and also at the Pottawanamie Casino at Northern lights theater in Milwaukee. You and Jim Ed did some terrific shows and I spoke with you and him. You sure did a wonderful thing at the hospital where he was at. May he rest in peace in heaven.

  11. Helen Long
    June 15, 2015 @ 2:52 pm

    So many have left us and I was shocked when they announced it on tv that Jim Ed had passed away. He was so young and went to soon but glad that you were with him to present the long deserved award to the CMHOF. He is now singing and talking with Jesus in Heaven. God bless his family and friends.

  12. Cheryl Kohnhorst
    June 15, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

    My heart aches at hearing of Jim Ed. I met him a number of times over the years and he was a nice man and had a beautiful voice. One more legend in the heavenly choir. Sing well Jim Ed, we will miss you. Bill, thank you for sharing your experience with Jim Ed. Sad but so uplifting. So happy he was able to see his dream come true of being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  13. Sarah S. Hopkins
    June 15, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

    Bill, So glad you shared this “Great Story” I know Jim Ed loved you as much as you loved him & and what a honor it must have been for you !
    You are always doing such wonderful memories. This will surely be another. We will miss him so much. I’m sorry he never got to go on one of the Country Music Cruises that we were on.. God Bless his family. Another of our Good old Country Music Greats will be singing in Heaven.!

  14. Brenda Hook
    June 15, 2015 @ 5:56 am

    Couldn’t help but let a tear drop slip away while reading your story, Bill. I ‘m sure there were happy tears in Heaven when Jim Ed arrived and everyone saw him standing there. No one will ever fill his shoes!! That special voice was the voice of an angel even while he was here on earth!! He gave us all so much joy and entertainment!! He will be missed!! Thank you for sharing your story, Bill. It was as though I was standing there witnessing you placing the award around his neck. My heart goes out to his family and his friends. I pray that God will give them comfort during this time. If you listen real hard, you’ll probably hear that belly laugh when he and Tater get together. God bless.

  15. Don B. Shoulders
    June 14, 2015 @ 3:27 pm

    So nice of you Bill. Just like the Po Boy that you are.

  16. Donna J. Knerr
    June 14, 2015 @ 3:24 pm

    I am so happy that Brown’s are finally in the Country Music Hall of fame. My thoughts and Prayer’s are with Country Music Family; and Jim Ed’s Family. He is in the circle singing with the rest of the great one’s around God’s golden throne now. May the Heavenly Father wrap you in his Loving Arms and bring each and everyone of you comfort. Jim Ed and the Brown’s Music will live on thanks to RFD TV and your country Family Reunion. I really enjoy it. God Bless You.

  17. Patti
    June 14, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    When you’ve been hearing someone sing on the radio all your life, they almost become like family & after reading Maxine’s book, even more so. This is so sad to me. Thanx, Bill, for this & showcasing otherwise retired singers on Country’s Family Reunion.

  18. Ron Logan (@PhiloSkinner)
    June 14, 2015 @ 9:46 am

    Like most every other fan, I felt like I knew Jim Ed, although I never had the honor of personally meeting him. An incredible singer. The ‘epitome’ of a classy southern Gentleman. Rest in peace “Sir” We’ll miss you but will not forget you.
    Well done Mr. Bill Anderson.
    Ron Logan
    Vancouver BC

  19. David Huntley
    June 14, 2015 @ 5:26 am

    I have a photograph, taken in 2007, of you and me standing between the Ryman and Tootsie’s. Something I’ll cherish forever. I’m happy that you were chosen to present the HOF medallion to Jim Ed, and that moment is probably something you will cherish forever. Thank you for you enormous contributions to Country Music!

  20. Janie Palubin
    June 14, 2015 @ 3:07 am

    Thank you Bill.

  21. Donna Logan
    June 14, 2015 @ 12:01 am

    Bill, thank you so much for sharing your time with Jim Ed. It is so heartbreaking to have lost him and such a beautiful voice now stilled to us forever in person. What a beautiful concert he and Jim Reeves are giving in Heaven for God and His Angels. The most wonderful spot on Family Reunion was waiting to see and hear Jim Ed. RIP to my two great singers. My prayers are with his family and friends.

  22. Lynda Evoes
    June 13, 2015 @ 11:31 pm

    Jim Ed will always be with us in song. Thank you Bill Anderson.

  23. Daniel Craig
    June 13, 2015 @ 9:16 pm

    I played Country Music for 30 yrs, and I don’t know how many times I sang ‘Pop-a-Top’, and ‘The three Bells in every Honky Tonk and Bar in the Country that my bands played in. It was he and Merle and Buck and Johnny, that got me to pick up a guitar and live a great career, dancing the folks in every American Legion, Eagles and VFW’s in the State of Washington, till 2000. I can’t believe he’s gone. I’m glad you got to give him the award, Bill. He should have been awarded it long ago. And you’re right! Tater’s waitin’ for him! Ha1

  24. SHEILA BAYS
    June 13, 2015 @ 8:56 pm

    I WAS SOOOOoooo SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT JIM EDS’ PASSING HE ALONG WITH OTHER GREATS WILL BE MISSED……BILL I’M SO GLAD YOU MADE IT THERE TO DO THIS FOR YOUR GREAT FRIEND AND I KNOW HE WILL BE SINGING FOR OUR LORD UP THERE…..WISH WE STILL HAD ALL OUR GREATS STILL WITH US THAT TYPE OF MUSIC IS REALLY MISSED….GOD BE WITH HIS FAMILY AND WITH YOU MY FRIEND

  25. Bonnie
    June 13, 2015 @ 8:42 pm

    Thank you Bill Anderson for that scene of one Hall Induction done a little early. I set and cry because my daughters that are 23 and 20 were 5 and 8 when we brought them to The Golden Voice awards 3 years in a row are realizing these GREAT performers they sat with, got pictures with are now gone to Heaven. Hank Cochran, Lil Jimmy Dickens, Billy Walker, Jimmie C. Newman and now Jim Ed Brown.
    What a great choir in Heaven! Thank you for the memories.

  26. Becky Collins
    June 13, 2015 @ 8:30 pm

    Bill that was such a wonderful thing you did for Jim Ed, you are truly a wonderful human being. You made him a very happy man. I am so pleased that he got his Medallion before he passed, alot of people don’t get that pleasure, you were so thoughtful in doing that for him. I watch CFR every week, never miss it. It will surely be sad not to see Jim Ed sitting amongst the other country stars anymore. His spirit will be there no doubt.

  27. Les Bagley
    June 13, 2015 @ 6:54 pm

    Bill, you may not remember me, but KIXX might ring a bell. Thank you so much for your first person account of awarding the medallion to Jim Ed Brown. It reminded me of what a great guy you’ve always been. I just wish we’d had a chance to work more together.

  28. andrew frye
    June 13, 2015 @ 6:06 pm

    Bill
    God bless you for sharing!!

    You gentlemen are both such class acts!!

    What love!!

  29. penny
    June 13, 2015 @ 5:56 pm

    Thankyou for sharing this. It brought a few tears. He was a great singer and person.

  30. Dale McDonald
    June 13, 2015 @ 5:32 pm

    Bill. Did Jim Ed ever record any of your songs?

  31. Wendy
    June 13, 2015 @ 4:32 pm

    Thank you for your sharing of this. And yes, Jim Ed is singing with joy.

  32. Kevin
    June 13, 2015 @ 3:07 pm

    Thank you Bill for you words.
    In some way I am envious of JE. He gets to see all those pass country music greats before we who remain on Earth. Maybe there is an Opry in heaven, one that runs non stop.

  33. Virginia Henry
    June 13, 2015 @ 2:14 pm

    Thanks you so much Bill, for sharing that with us. It brought tears to my eyes as though I had been there with you. I will miss J. E. He was such a wonderful gentleman and will be greatly missed.

  34. Carl and Velma Flory
    June 13, 2015 @ 1:56 pm

    We are so glad we got to meet both of you on the
    cruise to Alaska last summer. Thank you both for your great songs and work in country music!

  35. Sammy Buettemeyer
    June 13, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing that amazing story. I got to interview Jim Ed about 2 months ago. It breaks my heart that he couldn’t sing. Because I know he treasured that the most. Bill you told me one time that you wanted to be remembered as just a pretty good ole boy. I told you that you had already made that accomplishment. You just certified it in gold my friend. God bless you!

  36. Karen
    June 13, 2015 @ 11:56 am

    I was really touched by the words you wrote about Jim Ed. Not only did country music lose a wonderful man, but the world did. He had a distinctive voice and will be missed very much by all. Your words saying you wanted to remember him laughing touched everyones heart. It’s hard to believe that he has passed. I watch the videos of him, Jeanie Seely and you all the time. I have to say that the three of you are my favorites. Just know that he is no longer suffering and is in a greater place than we are. He will be missed by everyone.

  37. Joyce Browder
    June 13, 2015 @ 6:13 am

    What a great send-off for Jim Ed. That is awesome that he got this honor before his death. I worry there are other greats who will not get this honor before they pass. I often wonder why Stonewall Jackson has been passed over. Would love to see him inducted.

  38. Hank Koopman (TASMANIA)
    June 13, 2015 @ 6:13 am

    Ever since Country Family Reunion first started, my wife and I have waited for each new year to see what this great program would reveal. Even us, so far away, feel like we have come to know each of the people that have been presented on the show. Jim Ed has always been our favorite. His smooth quiet voice, his gentle manner really drew us into his world. Bill, thank you for being a friend to so many, and thank you for the great music you have written too. We are shattered here in Tasmania when we heard the news today.

  39. Larry Risko
    June 13, 2015 @ 3:30 am

    Bill, Thank You for sharing such a stirring moment. As a long time Jim Ed Brown fan, I can say that I will miss him. He was such a class act. Be well my friend.

  40. Bill Anderson’s Touching Salute to Jim Ed Brown
    June 13, 2015 @ 2:36 am

    […] Bill shared the touching story on his website, and we wanted to pass along the story just as Bill unfolded it. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. […]

  41. Margaret
    June 13, 2015 @ 2:18 am

    I love you Bill Andersen, of course you had me in tears … you are after all a wonderful writer. Thank God for people like you .. you gave your heart to a friend, an award to him that he cherished and a wonderful great laugh .. his soul was full. This is what people need to remember about life & departing .. even when it isn’t easy for us to do. You are one of the lucky ones, I know.. Bless you Jim Ed you filled our lives.

  42. ray neal
    June 13, 2015 @ 2:17 am

    what a touching story, what are we gona do when all the old one leave, I live in Arkansas an was stunned, Prayers for the Family

  43. Dr. Bruce Nelson Stratton
    June 13, 2015 @ 2:02 am

    Thanks for pitch hitting for us all Bill, You account allowed us to be there to say good bye to a friend. Dr. Bruce Nelson

  44. Shawn D. Space
    June 13, 2015 @ 1:10 am

    Bill you and Jim Ed where the best of people. We will miss him. I do not know how to get hold of Larry Black but you two need to het toghter and do I CFU for Jim Ed Brown And Mr Tater songs.Thank for your caring heart.

  45. Judy Strauss
    June 13, 2015 @ 12:53 am

    Thank you Bill for sharing this wonderful precious moment with Jim Ed. I will cherish my last memory of him at the Nelsons theatre in Farmington, MO.
    He sang one of my favorites. Three bells….I thought of it as soon as I got the news of his passing. “The bells are ringing ..little Jimmy Brown passed away”
    Tears just came down my cheeks. Then I got the vision of all the country classic Angels meeting him at the pearly gates.
    RIP……No more Cancer my friend. Just the beautiful glory of you joining the Lord’s new member in his Holy Hall of Fame.
    Gods speed

  46. Delores LaFollette
    June 12, 2015 @ 11:56 pm

    Thank you Bill. This really touches my heart. I hadn’t visited with Jim Ed for awhile and will certainly miss seeing him on my Nashville trips. He was very special and we had many a long talk about just stuff. I can just hear him laughing and that is how I want to remember him also. Hugs to you.

  47. Cheryl
    June 12, 2015 @ 11:28 pm

    That’s a beautiful story and a loving tribute to an amazing artist and friend of yours. I’m sure Jim Ed is pleased that you have shared it. God bless you.

  48. Richard White
    June 12, 2015 @ 11:17 pm

    Such a very special moment that you were a part of! We will all miss Jim Ed so much, but he is there with Mr. Acuff and so many many more. God bless you Bill, and especially bless the family of Jim Ed Brown!

  49. Jr Bryant
    June 12, 2015 @ 10:56 pm

    I had the pleasure of doing a few shows on the Opry as part of Ricochet and being at there when Jim Ed was performing on the night my nephew made his debut. My favorite song was Three Bells. it was the song that no matter where I was going or when I needed to be there, if it came on the radio or Jim Ed was on the Opry I was going to listen to every single word until the last note rang out. I have no doubt that Jim can sing in heaven just fine. In fact I have a feeling the angels will stop to listen to him as well. I can almost hear Tater introducing his friend now.

  50. Robin J Rothschild
    June 12, 2015 @ 10:47 pm

    Bill, Thankyou for sharing this for all of us Opry, Classic Country frans —-still stunned by the news of Jim Ed’s death

  51. Maxine Miller
    June 12, 2015 @ 10:32 pm

    I have loved the Browns since their first time I heard them. Jim will be missed by all his fans and fellow musicians. Prayers for family. Deepest sympathy to his family. Go rest high on that Mountain Jim Ed.

  52. Loren Knowlton
    June 12, 2015 @ 10:19 pm

    What a heartwarming story Bill. I am going to miss Jim Ed on the Country Family Reunions very much. I only got to meet him in person one time, but it was great. He had such a beautiful voice and could pull off any song he tried to sing. God Bless you, Jim Ed, and his entire family.

  53. Barbara Gamble
    June 12, 2015 @ 10:08 pm

    your one in a million and you sure made him proud and happy. he was a wonderful singer and will be missed= so glad you did this Barb & Leroy Gamble

  54. Val Naugle
    June 12, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

    God Bless you Bill…My Thoughts & Prayers go out to the Family & the Friends of Jim Ed. I know Jim Ed will be singing in Heaven.

  55. terry counts
    June 12, 2015 @ 8:28 pm

    Bill..you really sent Jim Ed off in style and I bet he is still chuckling and telling everyone that story…and ya,, he
    will be able to sing in Heaven and if you remember his predessors, like Jimmy C, Tater and so many others..
    makes me kinda wish I was t here..hope I will be some day…….I know you will be!!!
    Terry Counts (ex.dir. billy deaton talent 29 yrs)

  56. partsman193509
    June 12, 2015 @ 8:12 pm

    I have always loved Jim Ed’s singing….now he’s another angel in the Country Music group. He’ll surely be missed by all. He’s a true legend!

  57. Ron Snyder
    June 12, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing Bill. A great ending for a great man and performer. RIP Jim Ed.

  58. Glenda Lear
    June 12, 2015 @ 7:16 pm

    What a nice thing you’ve done for a friend he was a good singer i always enjoyed him he’s in Hillbilly Heaven singing loud

  59. Larry Weakley
    June 12, 2015 @ 6:58 pm

    What a special emotional time for all of you,Heaven today is a much better place, and Yes Jim Ed you will be singing just like you always did here, along with all of your buds, Congrats and RIP J. E.

  60. MARY HAMM
    June 12, 2015 @ 5:03 pm

    THANK YOU BILL FOR SHARING THIS ,LOVED THE BROWNS ,ALSO YOU ,WATCHED YOUR SHOW ALL THE TIME AND MY FATHER-IN-LAW USED TO KID ME FOR HAVING A CRUSH ON YOU LOL , LOVED YOUR WHISPERING VOICE AND ”STILL’ SINCERELY MARY HAMM

  61. Shirley Ann Harper
    June 12, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

    I started to read this and before I knew it I had tears flowing and was touched with this tribute to Jim Ed. I thank God we had his music and that I am sure in Heaven he will be singing with the many greats gone on to a peaceful land. RIP Keeping his family in prayer!

  62. irisheyesareblue
    June 12, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

    SO-O TOUCHING AND HEART-WRENCHING … YET A JOYFUL ENDING … THERE WERE TEARS SHED HERE ALSO. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

  63. Bill;
    June 12, 2015 @ 4:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful final story…Bill

  64. Billy
    June 12, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    Thank you Bill for sharing this touching story with us. I am sure it filled Jim Ed’s heart with happiness.

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  66. Ed Anderson
    June 12, 2015 @ 3:39 pm

    Our condolences to Jim Ed’s family and his Opry family. We enjoyed Jim Ed when he was a special guest at one of your fan club dinners.

  67. Bryan Garten
    June 12, 2015 @ 3:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Bill. What a touching story. I hate to see Jim go. I love their harmonizing at the Grande Ole Opry. I didn’t realize we would lose them this fast. This shows the importance of telling people how you feel about them and not taking them for granted. We all very much enjoy you at the Opry too Bill. I hope someday you can induct me into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame too :-).
    Sincerely,
    Bryan Garten

  68. Kathleen
    June 12, 2015 @ 3:09 pm

    What a great story!! thanks for sharing!!

  69. Greg Alan Edwards
    June 12, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

    Now THAT is the story of Country Music. Or at least it ought to be. There’s a song in there somewhere, Bill. Why people cannot understand that there is more to live for than what they are doing , just goes beyond me.

    God Bless You and the rest of the Hall Of Fame staff for what they took the time and made the effort to do. I personally guarantee Jim Ed is singing his heart out right now.

  70. Helen Kuehne
    June 12, 2015 @ 12:54 pm

    Thank you Bill, for sharing this. I have tears in my eyes from the lose of a great Country Music Singer. Jim Ed Brown will surely be missed. Praying for him and his family and friends like you.

  71. Kicking Eagle
    June 12, 2015 @ 12:54 pm

    Thank you Bill for sharing your beautiful tribute to Jim Ed, and we’ll all hear him singing in our hearts forever. Our prayers continue for Becky and the family. We’re confident that The Lord will take good care of Jim Ed and he’s probably singing again already. Fly high, God Bless. — Kicking Eagle

  72. Glenda Perry
    June 12, 2015 @ 12:50 pm

    Brought tears to my eyes. God bless you Bill and prayers of condolences to Jim Ed’s family and friends.

  73. gordon sonier
    June 12, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

    bill and jim ed all mussicans young and old will never be forgotton just medtion there names and great stories all come back for a smile or laugh your buddie from pembroke ontario canada gordon sonier please get well jim later gang

  74. Lorna Troyer-Carefoot
    June 12, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

    Everyone who BELIEVES IN GOD, knows that HE Does Hear & Answer Prayers! I Pray that ‘HIS’ WILL be done & that GOD will touch Jim Ed’s body & relieve his pain! IF it’s his time to go Home on the ‘Wings of Angels’, My Prayer is that Jim Ed is prepared & ready to sing in Glory around the Great Throne with all his buddies that have gone before!
    Please continue to pray for Jim Ed & his family at this very difficult time~~

  75. Sherri Faulk
    June 12, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

    Beautiful words spoken of an amazing moment between friends. Thank you, Bill, for all you do to keep country’s greats in the public eye with Country’s Family Reunion. We have lost so many, and Jim Ed’s passing adds to that number. What a grand reunion they must all have each time another enters the gates of Heaven. Blessings to you and prayers for the Brown family.

  76. Mick Dwyer
    June 12, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

    Bill, what a nice thing you did for Jim Ed. Im a big fan of country and have been for years. I am praying for him and his family

  77. Claudia Kay Stanley
    June 12, 2015 @ 11:59 am

    Thank You Bill for sharing

  78. Jim McCracken
    June 12, 2015 @ 10:05 am

    Another true Country Star has joined that Heavenly band with Jim Ed Browns passing.
    So many have gone from us and we have very select few left. Bill Anderson you have so,
    wrote your note in true Bill Anderson fashion class all the way. I will miss him so very much.

  79. Eve Chandler
    June 12, 2015 @ 6:01 am

    Loved to listen to Jim Ed Brown sing. So smooth. When singing with his sisters, it was like hearing one voice… they were so good together.

  80. Sarah Shaw
    June 12, 2015 @ 5:40 am

    I have always listened to you and Jim Ed,and Little Jimmy all my life,and now they both are singing with George Jones and my dad is having a good time listening to them cause they were his favorites alone with you ;whispering bill”

  81. Kathy G.
    June 12, 2015 @ 5:14 am

    Thank you so much for this loving account. Jim Ed was fitting of The Hall membership. I wonder things like, what song request God has for him or any artist. Who appears before his throne. I saw Jim Ed on The Grand Ole Opry. He has a smooth voice. He appeared to be such a sweet man. I did meet “Tator” at a ROPE spectacular..along with Jack Greene, Tommy Cash, and Margo Smith. I also love Will the Circle Be Unbroken..and feel it fitting for the occasion. Prayers, respect, and love go to the family and friends of Jim Ed.

  82. Sheila Hyde
    June 12, 2015 @ 4:37 am

    So very sorry to hear the loss of the wonderful Mr. Jim Ed Brown ! He truly was one of the greats. I grew up listening to this great mans music. I thought he hung the moon. I never had the privilege to meet him in person, but I sure would have loved too. Just growing up listening to all those great country and bluegrass singers, it was awesome. They don’t make’em like that anymore. He will be greatly missed by many ! My heart goes out to the family and his opry friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all ! RIP my friend !!

  83. Karen Rush
    June 12, 2015 @ 4:30 am

    Thank you for sharing this story. I have loved Jim Ed since childhood. My heart is breaking. What an incredible singer, musician, and man! He will be greatly missed, but I’m thankful we can rejoice that he is now singing in Heaven. Prayers for all of you!

  84. Sheila Childers
    June 12, 2015 @ 4:06 am

    Thank you for sharing, Bill, even though reading it made me sad. I know Jim E. loved you dearly.

  85. John Veer
    June 12, 2015 @ 3:48 am

    Jim Ed ,like all of our COUNTRY heroes are like family. The family grieves tonight but someday,the circle will be whole again. God bless you all

  86. Thomas C Cogsdell
    June 12, 2015 @ 3:45 am

    BCNU Jim Ed. You and your sisters were an inspiration to me for many years. RIP.
    Yore Fren, Tc

  87. Sandy Gifford New Brunswick Canada
    June 12, 2015 @ 3:37 am

    Thank you for this information Bill. What a wonderful job you did, Fly High Jim Ed. you will be sadly missed. R I P

  88. Linda Ashworth
    June 12, 2015 @ 3:34 am

    Thank you, Bill, for sharing this story. I know Jim Ed must have been a very good person. I always loved his music and personality on the show. I don’t miss Family Reunion. It is the best show on television!!!!!With love and prayers for the Brown Family.

  89. Jackie Sonnemann
    June 12, 2015 @ 3:09 am

    Tears are streaming down my face. What a loving friend you are Mr. Anderson.

  90. Stephanie Noble
    June 12, 2015 @ 2:57 am

    Stephanie Noble Prayers goes to the Family of Jim ED Brown and may the Lord be with you and comfort you in his ams

  91. maxine jones
    June 12, 2015 @ 2:29 am

    Thank you for sharing all this information..Millions loved JIM ED, just as millions love you..

    • Mike Rushin
      June 14, 2015 @ 5:22 pm

      All of us here in Arkansas have always been so proud of the BROWNS and love their style of singing…We are so very happy that yall made it into the Hall Of Fame..you sure did earn it…THANKS FOR THE BEAUTY OF YOUR VOICES!!!

  92. Mary Knapp.
    June 12, 2015 @ 1:43 am

    No words can ever express our sorrow of losing Jim Ed. Am so vvery glad the Browns were finally inducted into the CMHOF,long overdue. Thank you for doing the honors. Mary Knapp