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Jerry Reed

Born: 1937-03-20 - Died: 2008-09-01
Cause of Death:
Complications from Emphysema

Death Summary: Jerry Reed died from complications from emphysema at age 71 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Who was Jerry Reed : Reed was a country music singer and actor. He received the Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1972 for his song “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.

He also recorded the theme song for the first Smokey and the Bandit movie and played “Snowman”, Cletus Snow.

He is probably commonly known as Coach Red Beaulieu in the comedy "The Waterboy" which starred Adam Sandler.
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  1. Penelope Says:

    I wished that I had met Jerry Reed. My entire family always loved his songs, pickin, and humor! I have a brother that plays guitar. I grow up with Chet, and Jerry too. I love guitar playing, especially someone who is self taught. My brother knew Tommy Jones. Tommy died in his forties where my brother lived in Cross City, Florida. I am so glad that Jerry did live a good long life, and did’nt die so terrible young like so many talented souls do. I hope to get to see you in heaven one day Jerry!

  2. Donald E Doyle Says:

    Jerry reed was one of the best entertainers
    of our time he will be missed

  3. julie ann brtek Says:

    Really can’t beleve jerry reed gone. I sure got see concert back it worth. The price. Sad. Great movie actor songwritter and great singer no. One movie smokey the bandit. Drive truck. Show never get tired at all. I got all 3 parts have get other shows. Trying to find. I can’t understand he good one greatest guitor player. Everyone call snowman. God bless jerry reed and his family. You never know great person he was. I alway think truck drvier. Like everyone know who ihe is. Snowman. Smonkey the bandit.

  4. mikerightmyer Says:

    jerry for me in my bar in april, 20000. one of the best times me & my wife ever had.i’v all ways been abig fan. god bess all of the family.

  5. mikerightmyer Says:

    jeery played for me in my bar in april,2000 & was one of times me & my wife ever had, i have allways been a big fan. god bless all of the family.

  6. Nicky Keyes Says:

    Jerry i miss your humor and your friendly ways

  7. red Says:

    Jerry, You inspired greatness in my family.

  8. Phil Parton Says:

    Im gonna miss you Jerry. I played and followed you for 40 yrs. Played with you in Germany. Rest in peace buddy

  9. Phil Parton Says:

    Plaued with you in Germany. Inspired my playing. Rest in peace buddy

  10. Robert Johnson Says:

    A very fine actor and singer ,loved his movies and songs .Sorry to see you go but feel that you will get heaven kicking. Rest in peace,friend.

  11. Brent Tipple Says:

    I just found out today that Jerry was gone. So sad. One of the best pickers out there. Maybe him & my brother are jamming togther. My belated condolences to his family. He will be missed, he sure left his mark here on earth.

  12. Pamela Osburn Says:

    Thanks for the Laughs. I’ll miss you.

  13. David Ley Says:

    Will Miss you forever,thanks for the memories,the laughter.and the music,may god bless you in his grace.

  14. John Semprez Says:

    Jerry and family Thank you for the joy Jerry you made it look like it was nothing but we know… we know. God bless…

  15. John Semprez Says:

    may God bless Jerry and his family. Thank you for the gift you shared with us all. Rest in peace dear man.

  16. sandra Says:

    sandra combs

  17. Robin Puckett Says:

    I will always remember your songs with a smile. I love the movies you made through the years. God Bless your fans who will miss you.

  18. Cooper Robert Walsh Says:

    He was the best actor in Smokey and the Bandit.RIP

  19. Treasa K.Reed Says:

    A man that will be missed, AND LOVED FOREVER, a gentlemen and a man that will always be remembered as one of the kings of country,, god bless and rest in peace.

  20. adair morris Says:

    i just want you to know that i am a big jerry reed fan i grew up on listenig to him i would have like to meet him when he was a live

  21. Regina Aragon Says:

    He will be greatly missed, such a funny man and a great actor/singer.

  22. joe h Says:

    cledus snow rides again wooooooooooooooooooooo rest in paradise brother

  23. David Olden Says:

    I still remember the first time I heard Amos Moses. I was driving down 71st in Tulsa, OK and said to myself who and what is that?

  24. David Olden Says:

    I remember driving down 71st in a delivery truck and hearing Amos Moses for the first time. I asked myself who and what was that? DLO

  25. Alice Brown Says:

    I just finished watching a trucker movie which Jerry played Duke,along with Peter Fonda. I have always enjoyed Jerry Reeds music and his good nature. He will and is missed. The great people who paved a way for the artists of today are slowly going away. He will never be forgotten and thank-you for over coming lifes barriers and giving back to the world with your music and kindness.
    Alice from

  26. Denny Broadway Says:

    Thanks for the music and laughs.

  27. thomas little Says:

    Jerry was a good actor and great songer my prayers and blessings.

  28. thomas little Says:

    Jerry was a good actor and great singer my prayers and blessings.

  29. Francois Blanc Says:

    Jerry, merci mille fois pour toute la joie que j’ai eu à déchiffrer tes morceaux, à les jouer, à aimer la guitare parce que ta musique s’y prêtait si bien ! En 1982, j’ai gagné un concours, à Paris (France), organisé par Gibson (USA) et Guitare Magazine (France) en interprétant trois de tes compositions. Cela reste un des grands moments de ma vie musicale. Tu me manques, toi !

  30. cindy muse Says:

    love you and will always rember you …

  31. glenretta fuller sias Says:

    Not only a gr8 singer , every time I saw u. I felt like fainting one good looing man!!!!!! may God be with you and your family. hugssss

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  34. Captain PaulM. Kornexl Says:

    Long lost very Great singer.

  35. Bonny Christensen Says:

    Thank you Jerry for all that you gave us. You will remain in my heart for as long as I am on this earth. We love you and miss that beautiful smile. You legend will live on in the music and movies you did.

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  37. David Doyle Says:

    Loved you in Smokey & The Bandit I just can’t see anybody else playing that part. I guess you are with Fred now take care.

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  39. Mickey Reed Says:

    Great stuff! A life appreciated by others is a life well lived! You surely were appreciated… RIP

  40. Paul Says:

    Now that you kicked the bucket i can sell my collections of signatures from you,,

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  44. william lee Says:

    u will be missed

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