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Opry Star Charlie Walker Dies at 81

Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker died Sept. 12, in Hendersonville, Tenn., at age 81.


Charlie had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. Charlie’s biggest hit came in 1958 with “Pick Me up on Your Way Down,” which peaked at the No. 2 spot. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1967 and was a regular performer at the Opry throughout the years. Charlie is survived by his wife Connie as well as 10 children, 15 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

“The Grand Ole Opry family will miss our friend and Opry member, Charlie Walker,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “We are truly grateful for all of the musical moments he has shared with us on the Opry stage.”

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