Charlie Daniels' friends, fellow musicians pay tribute to late country icon at Tennessee memorial service
The late Charlie Daniels was honored by friends and fellow musicians during a touching memorial service in Tennessee on Friday.
The country music legend died on Monday at age 83 of a hemorrhagic stroke. The Grammy-winning and wildly acclaimed Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member was known to be devoted to his faith, the U.S. military and lifting up other musicians, all of which were qualities that were mentioned by people who spoke at the World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on Friday.
Among the celebrities to speak about the late music icon, known best for his monster 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” were Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Trace Adkins and Gretchen Wilson. In addition to the many people in attendance at the church, thousands watched the live stream of the memorial on social media.
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Among the first to eulogize Daniels was Navy SEAL and motivational speaker David Rutherford, who spoke about the singer’s immense love and support of the U.S. military.
“I’m centered in my faith and believe that Charlie’s words that he would always share with us,” he began. “If you’re good to each other, if you care for each other, if you serve each other above yourself, that’s what America is. And that man he was America.”
Rutherford then addressed the military members that were in the room or watching online on ...
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