Charlie Dick, the widow of country music singer, Patsy Cline, passed away in his sleep at his Nashville home at the age of 81 on Nov. 8, 2015, according to Reuters. Charlie diligently helped to keep Patsy Cline’s legacy going after her tragic death on March 5, 1963. Not only was Charlie her loving husband, he was also her road manager and whenever Patsy was honored, Charlie would attend the events. Patsy’s music is just as popular now, as it was years ago and that’s because Charlie worked hard to promote her music and to protect her image. He worked at reissuing Patsy’s music, releasing some of her undiscovered recordings and they were working on a hologram image of her.
Charles Allen Dick was born near Whitehall, Virginia and later he moved to Winchester, Virginia. After he graduated from high school, he worked for a local newspaper as a linotype operator. He met Patsy Cline near Berryville in 1956 and while they were dating, he was drafted and joined the Army in March 1957. Charlie and Patsy married on September 15, 1957. Charlie was stationed at Fort Bragg, so they lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and then in 1959, they moved to Winchester.
Patsy continued singing and started getting attention when “Walkin’ After Midnight” hit in 1957. When Patsy and Charlie moved to Nashville, her career took off and in 1961 she had three classic singles “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy” and “She’s Got you.”In 1985, the movie “Sweet Dreams” came out on HBO and it was supposed to be about their life story. However, Charlie told People that most of it was fictionalized so they could sell more tickets. They made him to be an abusive person and Charlie said, “If my kids were younger, I’d be pissed off.” “Strangers would’ve thought we were gonna knock each other out, but we were just livin’. We made up as hard as we fought. We had a lot of fun making up.” Charlie made up for the fictionalized portrayal of their lives by producing two accurate documentaries about Patsy Cline’s life in “The Real Patsy Cline,” and Remembering Patsy.”
On Patsy Cline’s Official Facebook page, the announcement was posted. It reads, “There is no easy way for us to share this news with you and this is a sad day for those of you who have been so supportive of Mom’s legacy over the years. Many of you know that through it all, Dad has been around to make sure that the Patsy Cline legacy for her family, friends, and fans continues. Earlier this morning, the Lord called Dad home. Although he will be missed, we will cherish so many memories of him. We understand that several fans will want to reach out to the family and it is appreciated. However, it almost seems like we should apologize in advance for any delay in responding to private messages, as you can understand we are tending to family needs as well as arrangements. It also seems appropriate to say “Thank You” in advance for your condolences and please feel free to share a Charlie story below….”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Charlie Dick’s family, friends, and fans. May the legacy of Patsy Cline that he kept alive for so many years continue to always be remembered and grow.