A beloved part of Vicksburg’s music history died Monday, as local entertainment icon Bud Shiers passed away at the age of 91.

Shiers died late Monday night at a hospice facility in Ridgeland, after a months-long battle with an illness, his family said.

“He was a great man. A great Christian man,” his son, Jimbo Shiers, said of his father.

Gordon Cotton, a Vicksburg author and historian, wrote a feature on Shiers that was published in The Vicksburg Post in October 2010 and is reprinted below.

Funeral arrangements for Shiers are being handled by Fisher-Riles Funeral Home. They are incomplete at this time.

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Bud Shiers still strumming and singing

By Gordon Cotton

Don’t think you can come between Bud Shiers and his guitar.

He’s

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