Yes, we have all seen the YouTube video of a gracious Jim Ed hosting Mary Reeves along with Leo Jackson, and reminiscing about Gentleman Jim. It's hard for some to believe this is the same man who, years later, participated in the ripoff of the Reeves estate by virtue of his ongoing association with a convicted criminal.
It is astonishing at the whitewash that occurs in Nashville when it comes to certain salient facts about people and events. It is absolutely noteworthy from the sake of historical accuracy and news relevancy that aside from his musical accomplishments, Jim Ed was a long-term associate of a convicted bank fraud felon who, at the time of his own death, was embroiled in numerous controversies alleging ongoing illegal activity.
One is known by the company he keeps.
What I have related here are FACTS, and they should never be forgotten just for the sake of a fairy tale view of someone who unfortunately met his Maker. Death does not cleanse one's misdeeds during their lifetime, though of course I am sure that Jim Ed had many good qualities that endeared him to his family and friends.
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