Grand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman passed away Saturday night in Nashville after a brief illness. A public service will be held Wednesday, June 25 at the Ryman Auditorium at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a private visitation and memorial service for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund. Jimmy C. joined the Opry in 1956 and was 86 years old. He last performed there on Friday, June 6, 2014 with his band, Cajun Country.