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SNOW'S MOURNERS PACK THE GRAND OLE OPRY

Hank Snow was remembered as a country music pioneer by scores of mourners who packed the Grand Ole Opry for a final tribute.

Snow's closed casket sat at the foot of the Opry stage Thursday as performers recalled the artist best known for the country classic "I'm Movin' On." He died Monday at age 85.

Among the estimated 200 mourners were Garth Brooks and country veterans Little Jimmy Dickens and Kitty Wells.

"Hank Snow was a great folk hero and one of the first international stars," country singer Marty Stuart said. "The dignity of country music -- a huge part of it -- lies in front of us today."

Snow's "I'm Movin' On," about the breakup of a romance, was on the country music charts for almost a year in 1950, including about five months at No. 1.

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