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    Good bye Andy Williams.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     unBroken1 told me, 'My personal memories are mostly centered around Christmas. Andy will always remind me of Christmas. He was Christmas in Branson.' (This photo from a 1999 Christmas party at Williams' home was taken by her former roommate J.R. Johnson - a performer in Williams' Branson, Missouri shows - who said, 'I remember the Christmas parties he had for the cast and crew ... While we worked our butts off to make him proud, he made us smile. He made us feel like we a part of what made him great.')
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    I would like to share an old roommate's dedication to a great man:




    "How do you mourn the loss of a legend?
    You remember the good times and smile. He was a great entertainer and great man. He treated his cast and crew with respect.
    A total class act.
    No matter where I go or what I do, Andy will be a part of who I am and who I've become. He made my dream come true 12 times a week. Getting to share the stage with him was an honor. I feel blessed to have met him.
    Smiling, I will remember Andy Williams.
    J.r. Johnson
    (in the pic...J.r. is standing, fifth from the left)


    When I lived in Branson, for awhile J.r. and I shared an apartment.


    Although we didn't perform for the same people, we still got to know each others casts.


    I remember meeting Andy, and his brother Don Williams, at a couple of the Christmas parties over the years.
    Both men were so very nice and down to earth.
    They didn't care if you were in their cast or not, you were always welcomed with opened arms.


    I will always be amazed at the strength of Andy's voice and character.


    My heart goes out to his family.
    Both on and off the stage.

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