Stonewall Jackson, a country singer, has passed away at the age 89.

The long-running, historic show The Grand Ole Opry was the most well-known name for this performer.

According to People, executives from the Grand Ole Opry confirmed that the singer passed away on Saturday after a ‘long battle’ with vascular dementia.

Departed: Country singer Stonewall Jackson has died at the age of 89; he is seen in 2007

Departed: Country singer Stonewall Jackson has died at the age of 89; he is seen in 2007

Funeral arrangements for performer are in process. 

Jackson is survived by his son, Stonewall Jackson Jr, whom he shared with his late wife Juanita, who died in 2019.

Born November 1932, the singer was raised in Tabor City (North Carolina).

Later, he moved to Nashville with the hope of beginning a music career. He visited Acuff-Rose’s offices in hopes of getting an audition.

In the past: The singer was born in Tabor City, North Carolina, and he later moved to a farm in southern Georgia

In the past: The singer was born in Tabor City, North Carolina, and he later moved to a farm in southern Georgia

Ernest Tubbs was his first introduction. In 1997, he hired him as an opening act and later awarded the Ernest Tubb memorial award.

Jackson got an audition to the Grand Ole Opry and joined in 1956 with no recording contract. Later, he became the longest-lasting member of the organisation.

He released his first single, Life To Go in 1958, which launched his career. 

The singer went on to record numerous chart-topping tracks, including Waterloo, Don’t Be Angry and I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water.

Signing on: Jackson eventually gained an audition for the Grand Ole Opry, and he joined the organization in 1956 without having a recording contract, eventually becoming its longest-lasting member

Signing on: Jackson eventually gained an audition for the Grand Ole Opry, and he joined the organization in 1956 without having a recording contract, eventually becoming its longest-lasting member

According to the Associated Press, he racked up 44 singles on the Billboard country chart. 

His final hit was a cover of Lobo’s song Me and You and a Dog Named Boo, which was released in 1971, which broke the Top 40 on the US country listing.

Jackson notably filed a federal age discrimination lawsuit against the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 75 in 2008.

Stonewall claimed that his performances at the show had been cut back significantly beginning in 1998, and he sued for $10 million in compensatory damages and another $10 million in punitive damages.

Taking action: Jackson notably filed a federal age discrimination lawsuit against the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 75 in 2008

Taking action: Jackson notably filed a federal age discrimination lawsuit against the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 75 in 2008

The case was eventually settled and the terms of the settlement were kept secret from the general public.

Jackson founded Turp Tunes Publishing Company, his publishing venture, and Juanita ran it until Jackson’s death.

The Associated Press also reported that he had privately published an autobiography entitled From the Bottom Up in 1991.

In 2013, the musician sat down for an interview with Music Charts Magazine and expressed that, while he understood the need to record albums, he was primarily focused on performing at the Opry.

Proud singer: In 2013, the musician sat down for an interview with Music Charts Magazine and expressed that, while he understood the need to record albums, he was primarily focused on performing at the Opry; he is seen performing in 1999

Proud singer: In 2013, the musician sat down for an interview with Music Charts Magazine and expressed that, while he understood the need to record albums, he was primarily focused on performing at the Opry; he is seen performing in 1999

“I don’t want to put down the record business, because that’s also very important. But for me, the Grand Ole Opry has been the most significant part of my career, the way I got here. He said that he still loves the Grand Ole Opry deeply.

The singer, who used the show as a way of refining his performances, also expressed that ‘I intend to play it as long as I can still sing Don’t Be Angry.’ 

On Saturday night, the singer was honored with a performance at Grand Ole Opry.

In remembrance: A performance at the Grand Ole Opry that on Saturday evening was dedicated to the singer's memory; he is seen in 2012

In remembrance: A performance at the Grand Ole Opry that on Saturday evening was dedicated to the singer’s memory; he is seen in 2012