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Dolly Statue artist Jim Gray passes away

Published December 19, 2019 / Last Updated December 19, 2019

Jim Gray, creator of the Dolly Parton statue in Sevierville, TN, passed away at the age of 87

Jim Gray, creator of the Dolly Parton statue in Sevierville, TN, passed away at the age of 87 at Brown County Health & Living Community in Nashville.

In his 50+ year career, Gray sold well over 2,000 original paintings and 125,000 prints to collectors in the United States and abroad. Among his successful career, Gray also created the Dolly Parton statue seated in front of the Sevier County Courthouse. After more than 2,000 working hours, Dolly’s iconic statue debuted May 3, 1987, and remains a must-see landmark in the heart of Sevier County.

Dolly said,

“Jim Gray will always hold a special place in my heart and I’m so thankful that his legacy as a talented artist will live on in the statue he created.”

Thank You Jim!

Jim Gray was a husband, father and beloved artist whose work has and will continue to touch so many lives. To Fran, his wife, thank you for lending your light to the world. We send you our love and affection.

According to the Jim Gray Gallery, his final years were lived with challenges of dementia. As a result, the family asks that donations be made to the Dementia Action Alliance 501c3 organization.

Team DollyDolly Statue artist Jim Gray passes away