Little Jimmy Dickens to begin short-term radiation treatments (from the mailbag)

Photo By: Chris Hollo

Little Jimmy is going to have a little work done.
Grand Ole Opry icon Jimmy Dickens, who has
been absent from his beloved Opry stage for most of 2013, is set to undergo
three weeks of short-term radiation treatments for a pre-cancerous condition on
his vocal chords beginning next week. The Opry member’s doctors expect him to
make a full recovery.
“I can’t begin to express my sincere
gratitude for the thoughts and prayers that are being sent my way,” Dickens
said. “My family and I appreciate the support, and I can’t wait to return home
to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in one of my favorite rhinestone suits
someday soon.”
The country legend most recently surprised
Opry audiences with an appearance on April 12. His most
recent scheduled Opry
appearance came on Dec. 22, 2012.
Dickens, 92, became a Grand Ole Opry member
in 1948 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. Among his
enduring classics are “Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait),” “Country Boy,” “Out
Behind The Barn,” and “May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.”
The Opry is inviting Dickens’ friends and
fans from around the world to send cards and letters wishing the country music
legend well. Correspondence should be mailed to the address below:
Jimmy Dickens
c/o Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214