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Fathers are extremely important. They play a huge role in the lives of their children. And, when they’re gone, their absence leaves a hole in the heart that never quite goes away.




Reba McEntire can attest to that.

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The 62-year-old country music icon, who lost her daddy Clark McEntire back in 2014, took to Instagram on Nov. 30 in celebration of what would’ve been her late father’s 90th birthday.

She wrote, “As my little sister Susie said, ‘Today is our daddy’s birthday. He never really acknowledged them much, but we want to today. He would be 90. “He and mama partnered together for many years to provide us a great place to live and showed us how to live in a great way.'” Reba added, “Happy birthday to Clark McEntire. A true cowboy and our daddy. Love and miss you a bunch.”

Reba, who used to participate in barrel racing competitions in her youth, also included a photo with the sweet message about her dear dad. The shot shows the family patriarch and world champion steer roper wearing a cowboy hat in his early years. And, just by looking at the picture, it’s clear to see where Reba got her eyes!

Fans who saw the post and photo left sweet comments on Reba’s heartwarming tribute to her hero.

One fan wrote, “Happy birthday to your Dad in heaven. I’m sure he’s keeping an eye out for all of you ❤️”

“Great tribute @reba,” another fan added. “Forever a daddy’s girl, no matter how old we get ❤️.”

“Very handsome and his Spirit lives ✨🕊✨🕊✨🕊✨❤️Thank you for sharing this special day🕯,” another follower wrote.

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Clark died on Oct. 23, 2014 in Oklahoma. He was 86 years old.

As for Reba, she is currently up for Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year in this year’s Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Voting is open through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Reba McEntire remembers her late father’s legacy on a special day Photo by John Shearer/Country Rising/Getty Images
Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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