As an accomplished music star, people who knew Jimmy Dean, during his formative years, would not be able to recognize this impoverished little boy who could hardly afford his daily bread. They won’t recognize this boy whose only form of clothing is where his struggling mother transformed his clothes into barber clothes. They will certainly not recognize this frustrated boy who had to drop out of school because of endless humiliation and teasing from his classmates every time he appeared in public. Jimmy’s life tells a story from grass to grace, he leapt forward from his poor past to become one of the legendary entertainers of his time.
According to the entertainment icon, his tough upbringing contributed a lot to his success, he said. The constant lack of basic amenities in his family endowed him with the burning desire and entrepreneurial spirit he needed to succeed in his chosen career. He went further saying that every time he got his daily dose of ridicule for his bag clothes, his residence or the fact that his mother was a hairdresser, there was a fire burning inside him and the only way possible to put it out was to become a big hit and show them that it was as good as them, if not better.
Biography of Jimmy Dean
The icon was born into the Dean family as JimmyRay Dean under the zodiac sign of Leo on August 10, 1928 in Olton, Texas. He must have been very tough growing up because his family was one of the poorest in the world and his father, George Otto Dean, couldn’t feed him. So his mother, Ruth Tailor, worked to make ends meet. She earned a meager income as a hairdresser with whom she provided food for her children. As for their clothes, she used old discarded sugar bags to make them. Such was the level of poverty in the Dean family.
A young Jimmy Dean began his education just like his fellow students, but the taunts and humiliations he had to endure at the hands of his classmates due to his impoverished past proved to be a loss to academia. . The bullying got so bad that Jimmy had to drop out of school with the decision to earn money and improve his family’s standard of living. Amidst his troubles, his interest in music brought him a kind of peace, although he attributes his interest in music to Seth Ward’s Baptist Church and was learning to play the piano with his mother. He also mastered other musical instruments like harmonica and guitar.
At age 16, he joined the United States Army, serving under the Marchant Marchant. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in early 1946 and took part in shows there, performing in nightclubs. Jimmy became a member of the Tennessee Haymakers after his military service, but later founded his own group known as the Texas Wildcats. He was already enjoying moderate success when he signed his first recording contract with the album title. Bummin Around published soon after. His first musical offering became a major hit and he has never looked back since.
Life and death of the American singer
After suffering untold hardships as a child, Jimmy became a success in the entertainment industry, he married singer and songwriter Donna Meade in 1991. Donna helped Jimmy write his blunt autobiography titled 30 Years of Sausage, 50 Years of Ham – at their home in Henrico County, Richmond, Virginia.
Prior to her marriage to Donna, the legendary singer was officially married to Mary Sue Wittauer. Their union, which lasted from 1950 to 1990, gave birth to three children: Corry Dean, Garry Dean and Robert Dean. They also had 2 grandchildren, Brianna Dean, daughter of Robert, and Caroline Taylor, daughter of Connie.
The entertainment legend passed away on a Sunday – June 13, 2010, at the age of 81 at his home in Virginia, following a long illness that confined him to a wheelchair. According to his wife, Donna, he was having his meal in front of the television when she left him, only to return to find he was no longer responsive. Jimmy Dean was pronounced dead at 7:45 p.m. the same day.
According to submissions from some reliable sources, the late actor’s net worth is pegged at $50 million which was earned by his career in the entertainment industry. In addition to his time in entertainment, Jimmy Dean also found success in the business world, he founded a deli business which he ran with his brother Don. By the end of the 1980s, the pork business Jimmy Dean Sausage Company was already making a profit of over $75 million.
Jimmy Dean then sold the company to Sara LeeCorporation in 1984, but still retained a stake in it as a spokesperson until 2003 when Sara Lee phased him out. The late artist was also a generous philanthropist. Wayland Baptist University in Plainview received a massive $1 million donation from him in May 2008. Jimmy’s gigantic donation made the record the most generous donation ever received from an educational institution by a single person. For his part, Jimmy was happy to be able to give back to the community.