-Our favorite sausage entrepreneur and Virginia neighbor, Jimmy Dean, passed away yesterday at the age of 81.
While he may best be remembered for his breakfast foods, Dean was also a country music artist. Best known for his 1961 country hit, Big Bad John, Dean was inducted to the Virginia Country Music Hall of fame in 1977 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in February, 2010.
His career also included various TV and acting stints such as CBS’s “The Jimmy Dean Show” and a James Bond movie, “Diamonds Are Forever”
Dean died of natural causes in his Henrico, Virginia home and is survived by his wife Donna Meade Dean.