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Alan Jackson said goodbye to his beloved mother, Ruth Jackson, at her funeral on Jan. 12. According to the paper in his Georgia hometown, the “Newnan Times-Herald,” the country superstar performed a song called “Where Her Heart Has Always Been” at the service. He apparently wrote the song for his mother just one day prior to the funeral.

Alan also said it was “the toughest gig yet.”

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Alan also spoke of his mother’s devotion to his father, Gene, who passed away in 2000. The Jackson siblings all took comfort in knowing their parents were now reunited in heaven.

Alan said at the service, “We look back and wonder how they raised such good kids. They were just good people who knew how to do the right thing. It’s not about money or your career. It’s how you lived your life. They’re good people, and that’s what trickled down to all of us.”

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After he performed his original song, Alan’s four siblings joined him for a performance of “I Want to Stroll Over Heaven with You.”

As part of his tribute, Alan also said that his mother’s love of music was probably the foundation for his own musical passion. She often sang around the house during his childhood. “Mama Ruth” was also the inspiration behind Alan’s bestselling hymns album, “Precious Memories.”

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