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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Neal McCoy speaks onstage during the GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends at Beacon Theatre on July 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NARAS)

No matter how old you are, it’s never easy to lose your parents, especially losing them both within a 12-month period. Although Neal McCoy has just experienced that loss, he is managing with amazing grace.

Neal shared the news that his mother, Virginia, passed away on Feb. 19 in a post on his Facebook page. The country entertainer simply wrote, “Hey y’all, our mom just went to heaven. Thank you so much for all the prayers and thoughts. Don’t grieve for us, Mom is in a great place! Went very peacefully.”

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The country star shared no details regarding the cause of his mother’s passing, although she had been ill for some time. But the following morning, he did share a photo of his beautiful mom.

He then posted a Facebook video talking about his mother and thanking fans for the incredible outpouring of sympathy, understanding and prayers. “Thank you for all the prayers, all the condolences, all the wonderful things y’all said about us and our family,” he said.

Neal then went on to say, “Mom went to heaven about 9:50 last night and the good thing is, we were all there. My wife and I, my brother and his wife, my sister and her husband, we all got to be there with Mom … It was a wonderful night. I was so happy that I was there and that I could be there for the last two weeks.”

The typically upbeat Texas native maintained a positive spirit as he continued, “Everything does work out. Usually, when God’s got control, it works out somehow. Not always the way we think it should or would, but I was really excited and happy that I got to be there with her, especially in her last moments.”

In addition to using the social media platform to engage and interact with fans and talk about his shows and music, Neal has also used Facebook as a way to share and promote patriotism by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance regularly during a Facebook Live. And the morning after Virginia’s passing was no exception.

But this time, he dedicated the recitation specifically to his mother.

“We’re going to say a pledge and this is for mom,” he explained. “She loved our patriotism that runs in our family for our country because she is the one responsible for putting the patriotism in us. Mom comes from the Philippines and she told us, as young kids, to be grateful where you live because no other country is quite like the one you get to live in.”

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He went on to say, “That’s one of the reasons I stand on patriotism and that I do the Pledge of Allegiance and believe in our flag and our country, because of our mother. My mother was an immigrant. She came from another country the right way, the proper way, and there’s something to be said for that. I won’t go off on that this morning. Mom loved it when I got the opportunity to do this, and when I started saying it, it was a big deal for her. She’s proud of all three of us kids, but she’s proud of me for starting this tradition and getting so many people on board and doing it with us.”

As we previously reported, Neal lost his father, Hubert McGaughey, in March of 2017. The country star was named after his dad, but his parents were divorced and after his mother remarried Don McCoy, Neal adopted the last name for the stage.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Neal and the friends and family of Virginia McCoy.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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