The country music community is mourning the loss of Grand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman, who died Saturday night following a brief illness. He was 86. The Louisiana native is best known for mixing Cajun and country music with such hits as "A Fallen Star," "Cry, Cry Darling," "Diggy Liggy Lo," "Alligator Man" and "Bayou Talk." His last Opry performance was on June 6th.

A public service is scheduled for Wednesday at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium at 10 a.m. Private services follow for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.