Country Music Hall of Fame comedian who was one of the premiere entertainers with the Grand Ole Opry for close to a decade.
He began his entertainment career by touring around the South playing the straight man to his brother.
His country bumpkin persona with the Grande Ole Opry proved an unqualified hit, especially when he teamed up with the show's host, Red Foley.
He grew up in Smithville, Mississippi.
In one of his few on-screen appearances, he played Andy Griffith's sidekick in the 1957 film, A Face in the Crowd.