WATCH: Loretta Lynn’s Ranch Foreman Wayne Spears Honored with Horsedrawn Carriage Funeral Procession in Tennessee

by Jonathan Howard

During the devastating floodwaters in Tennessee, a tragedy hit Loretta Lynn and her ranch. The foreman for the property died during the storms. Wayne Spears was one of at least 22 dead during the floods in the Volunteer State. The country music legend had quite a procession for her friend and foreman.

As the carriage rode down the road, cars pulled to the side until it passed. Behind the carriage, two men rode on horses with a riderless third. Just a cowboy hat sat on top of the horse as they slowly trotted down the pavement. The somberness of the procession was highlighted by the slow-moving carriage, topped with a red canvas in Waverly, Tennessee.

Loretta Lynn shared a heartbreaking message after his death on Facebook. “There are no words at the ranch today…only tears. Our ranch family is our family. We lost my amazing ranch foreman, Wayne in this devastating flood,” Lynn said. Today, they laid him to rest after a horse-drawn carriage procession.

Lynn mourned her ranch foreman further in her Facebook message. “He took such good care of things here on the ranch for us. He’s one of us and the whole Lynn family is heartbroken. Please pray for his precious family and friends.”

The flooding caused so much pain and grief over the last week. With so many missing and dead, the effects have rippled across the state and surrounding areas.

Loretta Lynn: A Bitter Sweet Week

This week has been a bitter-sweet one for Loretta Lynn. The passing of her ranch foreman, Wayne Spears, was a tragic event. The photos shared and the kind words shared show how much Spears meant to Lynn and her family. There have been so many memorials and posts about those that have passed in the terrible flooding.

However, this week, the Fist City singer was awarded the ACM Poet’s Award. The award is distinguished and coveted. This is a word only give to those that meet a certain set of qualifications. The Academy of Country Music says that the Poet’s Award, “is presented a Country Music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career.” That sounds like Lynn down to the detail.

As a thank you, she tweeted out a small message after receiving the award. “It’s such a huge honor to me to receive the Poet’s Award from @ACMawards tonight at the #ACMHonors show at the Ryman. Thank y’all so much. #StillWomanEnough #NeverRetire”. Well, we know what Loretta Lynn’s plans are for the future. She isn’t going anywhere and fans should expect her to keep doing what she has done for the last 70 years.

As long as she’s still woman enough, there ain’t no stopping Loretta Lynn.