Collection from the Country legend. Although he stood less than 5 feet tall (4'11" to be exact), Country music lost a giant when longtime Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens died Friday Jan. 2, 2015 at a Nashville-area hospital at age 94. a master showman and a fan favorite at the Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame member made his final Opry appearance on Dec. 20, 2014. Dickens became an Opry member in August 1948. It wasn't long until he became one of the Opry's most loved and entertaining acts. He was the first country act to make a round-the-world tour in 1964, and the first to introduce rhinestone suits to the Opry. Country legend Hank Williams Sr. nicknamed him "Tater" based on Dickens' song "Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)." Jimmy was the last member of the Grand Ole Opry actually older than the radio show itself.