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Rodney Leon Brasfield

  • Birth 22 Aug 1910 Smithville, Monroe County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 12 Sep 1958 Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Smithville, Monroe County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 6368596

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.

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  • Originally Created by: Welch
  • Added: 24 Apr 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6368596
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rodney Leon Brasfield (22 Aug 1910–12 Sep 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6368596, citing Pearce Chapel Cemetery, Smithville, Monroe County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .