As news of the death of Mel Tillis spread across the country music industry, many fans’ thoughts went straight to Mel’s family, who had to be hurting in such a profound way.
One of those dear family members is fellow country star Pam Tillis.
“I am having to process and deal with family matters. We are so grief stricken,” wrote Pam on her Facebook page on Nov. 20, alongside pictures of her with her amazing father. “Please keep us in your prayers. We will be announcing the date for an end of life celebration,” she added. “I am awed and humbled by his legacy and the outpouring of love and support we are receiving.”
Mel passed away on Nov. 19 at the age of 85. Not only did he have a long list of No. 1 hits such as “I Ain’t Never,” “Coca Cola Cowboy” and “Southern Rains, he also was a songwriter for so many more, including Kenny Rogers and the First Edition’s “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” Ernest Tubb’s “Thoughts Of A Fool” and Ricky Skaggs’ No. 1 hit “Honey (Open That Door).”
We continue to send our condolences to all those who are hurting over Mel’s death.