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Donna and Jimmy Dean Marriage Profile

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Shortly after ending his 40-year marriage to Mary Sue Wittauer, Jimmy Dean married Donna Meade. Here is information about the marriage of Donna and Jimmy Dean.

Born:

Jimmy Ray Dean: August 10, 1928 in Plainview, Texas.

Donna Meade: Abt. 1953 in Chase City, Virginia.

Died:

Jimmy: At the age of 81, while having dinner, Jimmy Dean died at his home in Henrico County, Virginia on June 13, 2010.

How Donna and Jimmy Met:

Jimmy and Donna met in June 1989 when they were both guests on the "Nashville Now" television show in Nashville, Tennesee.
Steve Dougherty: "Smitten, Dean courted Meade first with a fan letter—it was mislaid for four months by her record company—then with an invitation to visit him on his boat in Palm Beach, Fla. Assured of a separate stateroom, the former Miss Richmond Pageant finalist and the sixth of seven children born to a Virginia builder and his wife, accepted. Once on deck, she was hooked. "We went topside, and we looked at each other, and he said, 'Sit down, I want to know who Donna Meade is.' I told him I was a very spiritual person, and he liked that. I fell in love right there."
Source: Steve Dougherty. "Love Put His Fat in the Fire, but Sausage King Jimmy Dean Says His New Sweetie Is Worth the Heat." People.com. 4/22/1991.

Wedding Date:

Jimmy and Donna were married on October 27, 1991 at Jimmy's home in Varina, Virgina. The best man at their wedding was Ralph Emery. Their wedding reception for their nearly 200 guests was on the riverboat Annabel Lee. The 1 1/2 hour cruise was on the James River.

Donna and Jimmy honeymooned on a cruise to the Bahamas on Dean's 110-foot yacht, the Big Bad John. They also spent time on Maui during their honeymoon.

Children:

Jimmy had three children with his first wife, Sue.
  • Garry Taylor Dean: Born abt. 1951.
  • Connie Elizabeth Dean: Born abt. 1954.
  • Robert Ray Dean: Born abt. 1960.

Occupations:

Jimmy: Country music artist, songwriter, television performer, actor, author, real estate investor, founder of the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. During the late 1940s, Jimmy served in the U.S. Merchant Marines and in the U.S. Air Force.

Donna: Singer, author, songwriter.

Residence:

Jimmy and Donna lived in their newly reconstructed home on a 200-acre estate on Chaffin's Bluff above the James River in Varina, Virginia. Nearly 75 percent of their home was destroyed by a fire in April 2009.

Previous Marriages:

Both Donna and Jimmy had previous marriages that ended in divorce.
  • Mary Sue Wittauer: Mary Sue was born in Maryland abt. 1928. Sue and Jimmy were married on July 11, 1950 at the Presbyterian Church in Takoma Park, Maryland. Jimmy moved out of their Tenafly, New Jersey home in April 1990. In October 1990, after 40 years of marriage, Mary Sue filed for divorce in New Jersey. She accused Jimmy of having an affair with Donna Meade.
Steve Dougherty: "Mary Sue isn't talking right now, but in court depositions filed last year, she said Dean acted like "an angry tyrant" at times and accused him of mental cruelty, habitual drunkenness and adultery, naming Meade as the other woman. In a countersuit that read like a first draft for The War of the Roses, Dean charged his wife with being "completely unsupportive" and refusing to visit his hospital bedside during "life-threatening" oral surgery in 1987 and a bout with skin cancer last year."
Source: Steve Dougherty. "Love Put His Fat in the Fire, but Sausage King Jimmy Dean Says His New Sweetie Is Worth the Heat." People.com. 4/22/1991.

Quotes About the Marriages of Jimmy Dean:

Jimmy: "Nobody, man or woman, has ever wrecked a good marriage. My marriage was shot a long, long, long time before."
Source: Steve Dougherty. "Love Put His Fat in the Fire, but Sausage King Jimmy Dean Says His New Sweetie Is Worth the Heat." People.com. 4/22/1991.

Donna about a prenuptial agreement: "I don't want anybody to think that I want to marry him for any other reason except that I'm in love with him."
Source: Steve Dougherty. "Love Put His Fat in the Fire, but Sausage King Jimmy Dean Says His New Sweetie Is Worth the Heat." People.com. 4/22/1991.

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