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Tim Cobb, who was Loretta Lynn‘s longtime friend and assistant, has died. His passing comes just five months after Loretta died on October 4, 2022.
Loretta’s family shared the news about Tim’s death on her official social media pages on Monday (March 13):
“The Lynn family is sad to announce that Loretta’s long-time assistant and dear friend, Tim Cobb, has passed away,” the family’s statement read. “Tim was Loretta’s assistant for thirty years, beginning in 1982. She loved him dearly, and so did we. Tim was a member of our family, and we are heartbroken. We will share more in honor of Tim in the days to come. You may honor Tim’s memory with a gift to the Loretta Lynn Foundation.”
Furthermore, Tim was known for designing all of Loretta’s clothes and dresses for her performances. In 2018, he donated some of those clothes to his hometown museum in Lake City, Arkansas.
According to KAIT 8, “The Lake City native gave the museum his first sewing machine, a pair of Loretta Lynn’s performance shoes and autographed photos and much more memorabilia.”
Since Tim worked with Loretta for so many years, he became a beloved member of the Lynn family. Tayla Lynn, Loretta’s granddaughter, expressed her grief over Tim’s passing on social media:
“Memaw lived so long because he took such amazing care of her,” Tayla said. “He loved her so much. He did everything for everyone. He was selfless. He was moody. He was funny. He was authentic and loving. He was hurt. He was loved. He grieved his little broken heart to the core…I love Unc. I loved him so dearly.”
Patsy Lynn Russell, Loretta’s daughter, shared her heartbreak over Tim’s death in a post of her own. Alongside a photo of the two of them together, she said:
“Such a another great loss today! Tim Cobb our brother our friend. My mom is holding his hand today no doubt. Miss you our Tim”
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Patsy’s twin sister, Peggy, paid tribute to Tim in an emotional post on Facebook. Above all, she detailed how much Tim did for Loretta and her family over the years:
“Tim was the glue that held together every tour, every performance and truly kept my mom being able to do what she loved to do and that is sing for her fans,” Peggy wrote. “He was her makeup artist, hair dresser, house keeper, her recipe tester. keeper of her legacy via the amazing museum he designed and curated at the ranch. Every single item on display in that museum was put there by Tim Cobb. He designed all of it he made sure that the fans got to see the very best.”
Additionally, Peggy shared how Tim lovingly cared for Loretta after she suffered a stroke in 2017. She ended her post by saying:
“Tim Cobb was an amazing human with a huge capacity to love. He will never be forgotten. I will alway be grateful for have him as part of my family. Rest in peace Tim.. but when I see you I’m going to pinch you for this heartache. I love you always.”
You can see how much Tim loved Loretta by watching the video below. It’s from the PBS documentary Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl, and shows Tim talking about some of Loretta’s most iconic dresses and outfits.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the Lynn family and to all who loved Tim. May he rest in peace…