Brad Paisley Shares Emotional Thanksgiving Post Dedicated to Friend Who Died This Week

by Jacklyn Krol
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Brad Paisley honored his friend that passed away this week in an emotional social media post to celebrate Thanksgiving.

What Brad Paisley Had to Say

The country icon shared the social media post on Thursday, Nov. 26. His friend Barbara Tellefson passed away this week at 84. He shared images of Tellefson and a video of her working. Tellefson helped Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley launch their The Store, which is a free grocery store that is open year-round to those in need. Their aim is to offer a dignified typical shopping experience to families.

“She founded @unityshoppesb with a goal of creating a food charity with dignity,” he wrote. “I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone with more passion to serve others. Meeting her was a seismic event in our family’s story. She was an unstoppable force for good, and eventually, her vision became the inspiration for @thestore_nashville. We discovered her at Thanksgiving when we first volunteered years ago.”

“I thank God for her,” he continued. “And while it’s strange to think of a Thanksgiving without her, she is who I will always see when I picture a life well-lived. Here’s to the ones who change this world for the better.”

“Rest in sainthood, Barbara,” he concluded.

See the post, below.

What Thanksgiving Means to Him

Paisley recently shared just how much the holiday means to him. “When I think it’s more common for people to go back to where they’re from on that holiday than it is even on Christmas,” he said in a press release. “I heard some stat that it’s almost, you know, 3 to 2 in terms of how many people go back where they’re from then.”

Paisley added that going home during the holidays is what kept him grounded. “It’s been very interesting to start these traditions here and learn not to leave,” he added. “I remember the first year I didn’t leave you know. And if you have the kids first in the family your set. Because that’s where the tradition starts you know.”

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