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Charlie Daniels‘ life was celebrated with a funeral at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Friday (July 10th).  The event was open to the public, and fans turned out in droves.  The funeral included a color guard march to Daniels’ casket with the U.S. and Tennessee flags.  Former U.S. Marine Mark “Oz” Geist recited the pledge of allegiance.
Guest performers who took the stage to pay tribute to the late Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member included Trace Adkins, who performed the patriotic “Arlington;” Vince Gill, who sang “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” and “America the Beautiful;” Travis Tritt, who led the congregation in “Amazing Grace;” and Gretchen Wilson, who honored Daniels with the gospel classic “I’ll Fly Away” while accompanied on piano by Christian artist Michael W. Smith.

Following the service, Daniels was buried at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Daniels passed away on Monday, July 6th, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee at the age of 83 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.

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"After I had a record deal and got into this business I became friends with Charlie Daniels. And I can honestly say that there's a hole in the fabric of this country today, and Charlie Daniels left that hole. I've known a lot of good men in my life, I still know a lot of good men but when you talk about great men the list is short. But Charlie Daniels was on that list for me. There were a couple of times when I was at a crossroad in indecision… I had no idea what to do. When I finally got to my wits-end I surrendered, picked up the phone and called Charlie. He would always listen like somebody that loves you and cares about you and listens to you – you know what I'm talking about. And then he would give me advice. And his advice was always grounded in integrity, seeped in wisdom but was tempered with humility." RIP Charlie Daniels @thecharliedanielsband

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ADKINS also talked about the time he sang “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” . . . with Charlie IN the audience.  When he finished Charlie nodded and gave him a big smile.

TRITT recalled how Charlie had a deep faith in God, but he was “never judgmental or preachy about his beliefs.”

GILL told a great story, that happened a million years ago, when he was in the band Pure Prairie League.  They were supposed to open for Charlie, in San Diego.  But their bass player got arrested; and they couldn’t do the show without a bassist.

Charlie encouraged Vince to do the show by himself.  It was his first time performing solo, and it gave him the confidence he needed.

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