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  1. Pat ROGERS
    October 5, 2016 @ 10:12 pm

    As always when you speak of other folks, I can always say “MOST HEARTFELT” words. Which I have no doubt are from your HEART. Ms Jean Little Jimmy and so many who you have payed tribute. These and many others I remember singing their songs as long as I could talk that being some 66 yrs soon. I grew up in the country where we didn’t have a lot of frills, but, always plenty. So at 12 I got my first record player and my first record was combination Jimmy Rogers, Flat & Scruggs, etc I owe all this to my dad’s love of country music. as well as. gospel music from church. The first record
    I purchased was your “Still”. So you and your music have always been a big part of my listening. That said when I was 12-15 you were “much older” today age is just a number and if I were younger I would consider chasing after you (NO JOKE).
    I enjoy the Family Reunion shows and watch each week many of which I have watched a number of times, they don’t get old. I would love if at sometime all the shows would become available on CD’s. I watch all RFD country music shows, Larry’s Country Diner, Dailey & Vincent. Marty, etc. Would love if you had a live country music show -show casing those of CFR that are could do a show but no longer travel..

    Thanks for your continued music including all the wonderful songs you provide for so many others
    Pat

  2. Cheryl Kohnhorst
    October 3, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

    So sorry to hear that Jean has left us. Always enjoyed her concerts especially her Country Family Reunion road shows with you. My deepest sympathy to her family and her country music family.

  3. Betty Jordan
    October 2, 2016 @ 9:38 pm

    my husband and I saw Jean a few years ago at Branson. He loved to hear her sing Slipping Away. He passed away in 2013. We watched Family Country Reunion. I still do.Prayers for her family and those near and dear to her.

  4. randy h welch
    October 2, 2016 @ 12:11 pm

    i like the song that she sang was to little boys an tribute to her hushband hawkshaw hackins that got killed in a plane crash on march 5 1963 with pasty cline and cowboy copsa and hawshaw

  5. George Vance
    October 2, 2016 @ 5:31 am

    A Grand Lady in every way. Another original gone to be with the Angels.

  6. Helen
    September 29, 2016 @ 5:04 pm

    Wonderful tribute to Jean whom I have listened to since she was 1st on radio so many years ago. She sang beautifully & enjoyed her singing on Family Reunion & seeing her on Larry’s country Diner. Peace be with her family & friends as Jesus watches over all of you. She is singing with the rest of them now that have gone on before & they had a great reunion when she arrived. HUGS & GOD BLESS Bill

  7. Roscoe Fountain
    September 28, 2016 @ 3:17 pm

    Thank You, Bill, for the kind words in memory of Jean Shepard. She overcame many challenges and through raw talent, hard work and by paying her dues, she created a career for herself, while rearing two boys and providing a good home. There are few women who has accomplishing as much during those hard times. You are correct, God created many strong women and Jean Shepard was one of the best.

  8. Mabel Martin
    September 27, 2016 @ 5:41 pm

    Thank you so much Bill for your kind words of Jean Shepard. I loved her music so much and I have all of the Family Reunion DVD’s and love them all. So many have passed away over the last 20 years, but I can still enjoy their wonderful music on my DVD’s. I hope you keep on coming out with many many more of them. TV is so bad these days and I am always enjoying my DVD’s all the time. Keep up the good work Bill. I have always loved your songs and your hosting on the CFU DVD’s.

  9. Mabel Martin
    September 27, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

    That is a wonderful tribute Bill. I’m so glad that I have all of the Country Family Reunion DVD’s with Jean Shepard on so many of them. She will surely be missed, Thank you Bill for your kind words about Jean. God Bless You

  10. Mary Knapp
    September 27, 2016 @ 4:28 pm

    Thank you. Jean was always my favorite since I first heard her. I can attest to her feelings about real country music after a short visit with her many years ago, when she played a dance in Colorado. Loved her and sad to know she is not with us, but her music lives on.

  11. Linda
    September 27, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

    Thanks, Bill, for your wonderful tribute. Jean was an amazing women… I talked to her in Lancaster a few years ago about real country music and how I didn’t like this new stuff they call country. A smile came across her face and she said thanks, we need to keep the old music alive! Loved her yodeling! One of a kind. Will miss her.

  12. Barbara Owens
    September 27, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

    I was very sorry to hear of Jean Shepherd’s passing. I’m sure she’s with all the other great Country Voices singing with the angels around God’s Throne. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends. She will be missed!

  13. Beverly Eckstrom
    September 27, 2016 @ 1:55 pm

    Well said Bill! RIP Jean, Loved seeing you at Midwest Country, enjoyed visiting with you at Amy’s Cafe,all in Sandstone, MN.

  14. Lorna Troyer
    September 27, 2016 @ 11:22 am

    What a Beautiful tribute to a Wonderful lady, Bill! I 1st met Jeannie (OOPS Jean) way back in the 60’s when she was in Toronto at the old Horseshoe Tavern! During one of her breaks I had the privilege of spending some time chatting with her! Something I will NEVER, EVER FORGET>>Jean excused herself saying “I have to make a phone call back home to my kids”! I thanked her for talking with me & Lo & Behold she said “NO, you come with me”…took my hand & we walked to the pay phone!! Once again, a yr. or 2 ago I went to see Jean at the Auction Barn Jamboree, a yearly function in my area. The poor soul had failed soo much she would forget some of the words to a song so her hubby who was on stage right beside her would whisper a few words to her & away she’d go!! She sure never forgot her signature ‘hand behind her back’…I feel it was to direct the band when to end a song etc. I have sung for many years at ‘Open Mics/Jams’ or Karaoke & have a low voice just like Jean & would do several of her songs! Jean is now singing with the Heavenly Angels around God’s Great Throne & joined together once again with many of her Opry Friends! Prayers go out to you Bill for being such a GREAT FRIEND & to her family! Jean has left many heart-broken fans behind but I know she is no longer suffering & we will meet once again some day!!

  15. Alice Clayton Apple
    September 27, 2016 @ 8:03 am

    so sorry to hear of losing a voice as funny serious and country as she was. we know she is at peace and it won’t be long before Christ Jesus calls her from the grave( John 5:28) the she can recive the promise of no more pain sorrow sickness nor death they have all been done away with. see you on God’s paradise earth soon Jean

  16. Jerri Mott
    September 27, 2016 @ 12:42 am

    Mr. Anderson, I tried to write you yesterday when I heard about Jean’s passing. But my email came back. What a sweet lady! I was lucky to know her for years and she always brought a smile to my face. Last year I helped her out of the car at our Oct. ROPE event. I always said “I Love you Lady”. I am glad she is no longer suffering. Hope to see her again in Heaven. My prayers go out to you and all of her family. It will take me a while to get over this! See you Oct 6.

  17. Vicki Vick
    September 27, 2016 @ 12:13 am

    She truly was one of a kind and l loved her dearly. Was saddened when l heard of her passing yesterday. She will certainly be missed.

  18. Ione Hanson
    September 27, 2016 @ 12:12 am

    Jean Shepherd was a wonderful lady, she was DYN-O- MITE !!

  19. Jeff McLeod
    September 26, 2016 @ 11:48 pm

    Thanks for your unique perspective Mr Bill.

  20. Nancy Rai Quillen / Misses Country News
    September 26, 2016 @ 11:44 pm

    I remember the first time my friend, Smokey Smith brought Jean to KRNT Theater in Des Moines. It wasn’t long after Hawkshaw Hawkins was killed. The last time I saw her was 3 years ago at the Ryman with Gus Arrendale and Dailey & Vincent. We had a nice conversation about Smokey. Great memories of a true entertainer. She will be sorely missed!

  21. Bobby Endicott
    September 26, 2016 @ 11:06 pm

    Loved her music!!

  22. Elaine Strickland
    September 26, 2016 @ 10:41 pm

    I am so saddened by the loss of Jean Shephard! I have been a fan since her start in Country music!Bill my heart breaks for you Jeannie Seeley & Jan Howard I know you were great friends! Thoughts and prayers are with you!

  23. Janice Foster
    September 26, 2016 @ 10:41 pm

    I instantly think of you and our other Opry greats when one of or legends pass. I am so grateful for the hours of footage we have of Jean from the CFR shows. What an amazing lady… Grateful for her gift of music. Thankful for you too and all the joy you’ve brought to my life with your songs!!

  24. Sue Beard
    September 26, 2016 @ 10:40 pm

    Another country singer in God’s heavenly choir. Jean Shephard will be so missed here on earth but heaven ha gained another golden voice. Sing on Miss Jean

  25. Marva Hurst
    September 26, 2016 @ 10:20 pm

    I sit here in tears at the loss of our beloved Jean Shepard. I will miss her greatly.With her loss Traditional Country Music is slowly slipping away as she sang in her song.RIP Beautiful Lady.

  26. Diane Kurtz
    September 26, 2016 @ 10:04 pm

    When I watched Larry’s Country Diner I could see that her health was failing. However, it was still hard to hear the news yesterday that she was gone. Farewell to one of the Grand Ladies of the Grand Old Opry.She will truly be missed.

  27. Joyce Barnes
    September 26, 2016 @ 10:02 pm

    Thank you Bill for leaving a beautiful message. It was a shock to hear of her passing. We were watching larrys country diner and wondered how she was doing when Gus introduced her son. We had a feeling. I’ve enjoyed her book and will reread it again. RIP Jean you will be missed by your fans

  28. Lisa Miller
    September 26, 2016 @ 9:57 pm

    Bill, Thank You for your kind words about Ms. Jean. She was a special Lady to us all, I Loved her so much, we visited the Opry many times through the years, just to enjoy seeing Jean Shepard perform. Jean has always reminded me and my family of my Mother, not only with her looks, but also with her personality and the same outspokenness. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Jean several years ago and I have loved her even more, after having the chance to chat with her for a bit. Country Music has lost another Treasure, But Heaven has gained an Angel. I am so sorry about the loss of your friend Mr. Bill Anderson, A Lot of the True Country Artist Are Forever being Lost.

    Lisa Miller

  29. Ann Turnbull
    September 26, 2016 @ 9:42 pm

    Jean Shepherd. My earliest memories of hearing country music contain her voice and TV and radio shows she did with Red Foley on the “Ozark Jamboree”. I was just a little mite but I can still hear them singing those wonderful gospel songs together. No one since has been able to come one iota close to the passion and beauty they put into those songs! Rest in Peace Jean, your memory and songs live on with those of us who so loved real “country” music.

  30. Susan Dudley
    September 26, 2016 @ 9:39 pm

    So very sorry to hear this news of Jean Shepard passing. Another old timer gone and it is so very sad. She definitely will be missed. Many prayers for her children, grandchildren, family and friends…

  31. Sandra Brown
    September 26, 2016 @ 9:25 pm

    I am so sorry. I had not heard this. All the good ones are going home. You are so right they threw away the mold when they made her. Praying for you Bill and her family!

    Sandra Brown Oxford Al

  32. S Butler
    September 26, 2016 @ 9:22 pm

    I was sorry to hear of her passing. She was a great country singer. Glad that we have Country Family Reunion to see her and many of the others that have passed on. I have been a country music lover for over sixty years.

  33. Agnes Miller
    September 26, 2016 @ 9:15 pm

    we will miss seeing her on Larry’s Dinner, Rest in peace Jean. God bless the family

  34. Linda Heltzel
    September 26, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

    Thank you for the nice tribute to Jean, Bill.
    Fortunately, I have most of the tapes and DVD’S of Country Family Reunion, going way back, so I can watch you and Jean whenever I want.
    She seemed like a great lady.
    Saw Jean at the Opry a few times in the 60’s. “Slipping Away” was my favorite recording but also enjoyed her many other records.
    She was a true and feisty pioneer in country music and will be hugely missed!
    Rest in peace, Jean – we love you.

  35. Carolyn
    September 26, 2016 @ 9:10 pm

    You were the first person I thought about when I heard this. I was at your concert at the Country Tonite Theater on Friday night and I remembered you speaking of her. Thoughts and prayers for you and all the family.

  36. Harriet Bixler
    September 26, 2016 @ 9:06 pm

    So sorry to hear that we have lost another great country star. Rest in peace Jean Shepard!! Still enjoying watching the old Country Family Reunion shows on the RFD channel!

  37. Janie Palubin
    September 26, 2016 @ 8:51 pm

    I’m sorry Bill, Jn, Jeannie. Jean Shepard was awesome. I cut my teeth on country music, and never strayed from it. Her song “Many happy hangovers to you”, was popular on the radio about the time my mother was dating an alcoholic, and had no time for her kids.

    I thought it was appropriate for them. Fortunately, the alcoholic went away, and my mom married a decent man. Thanks Jean for helping a kid find humor in a situation.

  38. Josephine W Nixon
    September 26, 2016 @ 8:42 pm

    So sorry to hear this. I will miss her also on Larry’s Country diner

  39. C drake
    September 26, 2016 @ 8:34 pm

    I loved to listen to Jean Shepard sing either alone or with someone she will be missed for sure.

  40. Susan Rice
    September 26, 2016 @ 8:28 pm

    She will never be forgotten thanks to all her recordings and video of shows she has done. My tears today are for Miss Jean. Thank you for your words Bill, I don’t think anyone can dispute how special she was to you.

  41. Sandra
    September 26, 2016 @ 8:24 pm

    So sorry to hear of Jeans passing. What a great lady of Country Music. She will be missed by so many. God Bless her and may she Rest In Peace. Prayers to her family and many friends.

  42. Paul Selby
    September 26, 2016 @ 8:19 pm

    I’ve only been to the Opry once, in 2014, but on that night, I was so very happy to get to see country legends Little Jimmy Dickens, George Hamilton IV, and Jean Shepard. All three are gone now. R.I.P., Ms Shepard.

    On a brighter note, I will make my second trip to the Opry on 10-15 and, Mr. Anderson, I’m excited to see that you are in the tentative lineup for that evening. You and I have met before – I was a contestant on Fandango! – but I’ve never seen you perform live. Looking forward to it!!!

  43. GLORIA BLACHE
    September 26, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

    I am so sorry for her family and her fans she was and still is one of my favorites I am so greatful for my family reunion dvds because all the great country singers who have gone to live with God will live forever with me GO GET THEM JEAN!
    Lots of hugs and Love Gloria Blache one of Country Music biggest fans

  44. Butch McCamy
    September 26, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

    My wife said once, if I could pick anyone to be neighbors with it would be Jean Shepard. I ask her why and she replied Jean just seems like a fun person to be around.

  45. Tom Kimsey
    September 26, 2016 @ 8:01 pm

    Very well put!

  46. Helen Wilson
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

    Very well said very true and I will miss her because like you and a few others you are the real thing . What they try to call country music today is just awful and I hate it. Thank you for what you do and thank you for Moe Pitney and I would love to have real country music come back . I love Gene Watson, Moe Bandy and all the others George Strait Vince Gill Allen Jackson just to name a few

    • Lorna Troyer
      September 27, 2016 @ 10:10 am

      I agree with you Helen 150% regarding “what they TRY to call country music today”!! It’s a disgrace & dishonor to those GREAT Country Artists who have a story to tell, not a bunch of ‘squawkin’ hens & roosters’ who have NO basis to the songs so they just keep repeating the same lines over & over!! IF they ever have a HOPE of ‘making it’ in the country music world, they should contact you Bill, for some of the Wonderful songs you have written that have merit & credibility!!

  47. Bobby Tuggle
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:53 pm

    The Country Music Family has lost a dear friend an family member in Jean Shepard God bless you all may God be with you

  48. Carol
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:48 pm

    yes I agree with you completely she was a great artist and lady there will never be another like her she can know sings with the angels and someday we will all hear that great voice and music once again. please continue your great music

  49. Joyce
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

    Bill, you said exactly what I wanted to say. Thanks

  50. Freida Webb
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

    When I heard Jean has passed, the first thoughts I had were of You, Jeannie Seeley, and Jan Howard. I knew the 3 of you would be heart broken by the loss of your special Grand Lady. And Grand she was! I remember her voice as one I have heard all my life and losing her was like losing a friend for me, too. We can be comforted by the fact that Jean is no longer ill and is singing like an angel in heaven. God be with you.

    • Theresa Molskness
      September 26, 2016 @ 9:29 pm

      Freida I could not say it any better RIP Jean you were wonderful while you were on this earth!

  51. Lou Kessler
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:43 pm

    I saw her in person with Hawkshaw in a little club in Tucson Az back around 1957. She always had a hand behind her back. Was that to keep time? I will miss her and look forward t seeing her on Country’s Family Reunion.

  52. J. Girardi
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:39 pm

    Wow, this just makes me want to cry and I didn’t know her, just from tv. From the reunion show and Larry Country Diner and of course, the opry. She will be missed by many.

  53. Carol George
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

    I loved to hear her sang & tell jokes she was a special one

  54. Dr. Michael Harris
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

    Bill, once again, your words did not fail you! Thank you, sir!

  55. Ruth Kelley, Norwood Missouri
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

    Today my heart is broken we have lost another of the very best. She can now sing with the Angels. She will be greatly missed.
    I became a fan of Jean Shepard when I watched her on the Ozark Jubilee. I knew then she was bound for the Opry.

  56. Betty Pohler
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:29 pm

    So we’ll put Bill, I loved her music & her just being Jean. Thankful for the opportunity of watching her on the Reunion shows & all the other artists perform those wonderful songs. Thank you for all the info on Jean! God’s love to her family

  57. Dee Watson
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:26 pm

    Lovely, sincere words.
    A true country song never had a better friend than Jean,

  58. Jan G DuVall
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

    I will miss her, she always had such a wonderful smile and a sense of humor… I wish there was more about her on facebook, I only saw one picture and didn’t get to copy it… My prayers to her family and GOD just gained another wonderful singer, what a choir there must be up there of country music… –

  59. Sue labombard
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:24 pm

    I loved Jean. She was a blessing. God took another angel home. She will never be forgotten.

  60. Rose Douglas
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:21 pm

    So sad to hear of her passing. She will be greatly missed. I think one of the first songs I can remember is her song with Ferlin Huskey. R.I.P dear lady.

  61. Doris Kaczor
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:21 pm

    Beautiful tribute Bill. Thank you.

  62. Beverlee Givens
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

    Amen Bill, Amen. Jean was one of a kind.

    • Brandy Jubilee
      September 28, 2016 @ 5:18 am

      amen to this dear friend, I always loved her, how beautiful heaven must be with Jean gracing the golden streets, and seeing her ole friends rejoicing her presents

  63. Trudy Dugan
    September 26, 2016 @ 7:17 pm

    Loved Jean Shepard and so did my husband of 48 years. They are both in heaven now and am sure at peace