Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN has lost their longtime foreman and “heart,” Wayne Spears. Tragically, Spears was “swept up” in the catastrophic flooding of Middle Tennessee over the weekend and did not survive.
The Loretta Lynn Ranch updates followers on Wayne’s passing Monday evening with a memoriam post to their official Facebook page.
“With the heaviest of hearts we are saddened to report that our beloved foreman Wayne Spears did not survive being swept up in the flood waters,” the statement begins. “Wayne has been a family friend to the Lynns and a fixture to the Ranch for decades and we are all devastated by his passing.”
The Loretta Lynn family says “The Ranch will never be the same without him but he will always be remembered for his ready smile, kind heart, and willingness to go the extra mile for everyone around him.”
“Eventually we’ll rebuild our community, our ranch, our lives and our homes. but only God could build a man like Wayne Spears. There’s just no replacing that,” the ranch praises of Spears.
“May he rest in peace.”
Loretta Lynn Ranch Visitors Outpour of Love for Foreman’s Tragic Death
Wayne Spears’ incredible impact on the Loretta Lynn Ranch is evident through the comments visitors and fans are leaving on his memoriam post. One such fan, Cindy Overton, leaves a particularly touching tribute:
“I will miss him terribly,” Overton begins. “That big bear hug, those twinkling blue eyes… Always ready to help anyone. True meaning of being a cowboy. My heart & prayers go out to Louise Spears, all his family , all the ranch staff & Loretta’s family,” she continues.
Overton says that she “always felt at home… Like part of the “family” when I came for the trail rides” at Loretta Lynn Ranch “because of this man!”
In the wake of Spears’ horrible passing, she adds that “It will not be the same… He will be missed deeply.”
“He was a good guy, I know he loved the ranch and died protecting it! Our prayers are with you all, his family, ranch family and friends,” echoes Melinda W.
Saturday’s flooding brought over a foot of rain near-instantly to Middle Tennessee, devastating both urban and rural areas throughout. 15 people, including Spears, are casualties of the flooding, with dozens more still missing.
Chief Deputy of the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, Rob Edwards, says “In my 28 years, it’s the worst I’ve ever seen it… We have lost a lot of roads, both rural and major highways.”
Outsider’s sincerest condolences to the Loretta Lynn Ranch family, and our extended Tennessee kin.