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Rodney Leon Brasfield
Birth: Aug. 22, 1910
Smithville
Monroe County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1958
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

Rodney Leon Brasfield was born in Smithville, MS on August 22, 1910. He became one of the premiere country comedians. He performed from his teens with Bisbee's Comedians, a Memphis based troupe. After ten years with them, he served a year in the military during World War ll before being discharged because of a childhood back injury. He returned briefly to the Bisbee Comedians and was hired by Judge George D. Hay to work the Grand Ole Opry in July 1944. From 1947 he appeared on the nationally broadcast network portion. He appeared frequently with Minnie Pearl. He died of a heart attack on September 12, 1958. Minnie Pearl championed Brasfield's nominations for the Hall of Fame, which resulted in his election in 1987. (bio by: Welch) 
 
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 Parents:
  James Calvin Brasfield (1871 - 1941)
  Nonnie Cornelia Cowley Brasfield (1879 - 1952)
 
Burial:
Pearce Chapel Cemetery
Smithville
Monroe County
Mississippi, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Welch
Record added: Apr 24, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6368596
Rodney Leon Brasfield
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Rodney Leon Brasfield
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You were so funny even just by walking on stage. Everyone love you cause you made us laugh and feel joy for a while. You were a real pleasure. Thank you for the talent you shared with so many. Rest in Peace, you deserve it.
- Kit
 Added: Feb. 5, 2014

- shelby
 Added: Sep. 12, 2013

-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 12, 2012
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