Tim Cobb, the longtime dress designer and personal assistant of country music icon Loretta Lynn, died on Monday, March 13, 2023, at the age of 90. His death was announced by Lynn’s official Twitter account, which stated that he was a dear friend and a member of the family. The cause of his death has not been revealed yet.
Tim Cobb’s Career and Legacy
Tim Cobb was born and raised in Lake City, Arkansas. He discovered his talent and passion for fashion design when he was 17 years old, after creating and selling his first dress for his sister’s beauty pageant. He then enrolled in the Fashion College of Design and Merchandising in California, where he honed his skills and learned the art of couture.
After graduating from college, he started his own business in Arkansas, before joining the Les Wilk Company as a pageant line designer. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in the early 1980s, where he began to offer his custom creations to country music artists and managers.
He met Loretta Lynn in 1982, when he brought two dresses that he had made with her in mind to her office. Lynn’s office manager liked them so much that she arranged for Cobb to meet Lynn personally. That was the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration that lasted for more than 30 years.
Cobb became Lynn’s personal assistant, dress designer, makeup artist, hair stylist, and curator of her museum. He created many of her signature gowns that she wore for her special occasions and performances. Some of his most famous creations include the golden gown with glass beads that Lynn wore for her 50th-anniversary performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 2010, and the light blue dress that she wore for the cover of her Van Lear Rose album in 2004.
Cobb also designed dresses for other country music stars, such as Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Reba McEntire, and Shania Twain. He was known for his exquisite craftsmanship, attention to detail, and ability to capture the personality and style of his clients.
Tim Cobb’s Relationship with Loretta Lynn
Tim Cobb was more than just a dress designer for Loretta Lynn. He was also her best friend, confidant, and supporter. He accompanied her on her tours, helped her with her personal matters, and shared many memories with her.
Lynn described Cobb as “my best friend as for knowing each other after all these years. He is my personal assistant, but he does everything” according to Country Stars Central. She also said that he was “like a son” to her according to Medicotopics.
Cobb was loyal and devoted to Lynn, even when she faced health issues and personal tragedies. He stood by her side when she suffered a stroke in 2017, a broken hip in 2018, and the death of her daughter Betty Sue in 2013.
Lynn expressed her love and gratitude for Cobb in many occasions. She dedicated her 2016 album Full Circle to him, saying that “he’s been with me through thick and thin”. She also honored him with a special tribute at the Grand Ole Opry in 2019, where she presented him with a plaque that read “Tim Cobb: The Man Behind The Dresses”.
Tim Cobb’s Death and Tributes
Tim Cobb passed away on Monday, March 13, 2023, at the age of 90. The cause of his death has not been disclosed yet. His death was announced by Loretta Lynn’s official Twitter account, which said:
“The Lynn family is sad to announce that Loretta’s long-time assistant and dear friend, Tim Cobb, has passed away. 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.”
Many fans and friends of Cobb and Lynn expressed their condolences and shared their memories of him on social media. Some of them include:
Dolly Parton: “I’m so sorry to hear about Tim Cobb’s passing. He was a wonderful dress designer and a sweet person. He made me some beautiful outfits over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with Loretta Lynn and her family.”
Reba McEntire: “Tim Cobb was a genius at what he did. He had a great eye for fashion and a great heart for people. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Rest in peace, Tim.”
Shania Twain: “Tim Cobb was one of a kind. He had such a talent and a passion for creating stunning dresses that made us feel like stars. He was also a kind and generous soul who always had a smile on his face. I’m sending my love and sympathy to Loretta Lynn and her family.”
Martina McBride: “Tim Cobb was a legend in the country music industry. He was not only a brilliant dress designer, but also a loyal friend and a wonderful human being. He touched so many lives with his work and his spirit. I’m heartbroken for Loretta Lynn and her family.”
Tim Cobb will be remembered as one of the most influential and beloved dress designers in country music history. He left behind a legacy of beauty, elegance, and friendship that will live on through his creations and his memories. He was a true artist and a true friend.