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Scotty McCreery says goodbye to his grandpa and the man behind his beautiful, deep crooning voice

Who could forget the booming and deep voice of that 16-year-old boy from North Carolina as he stepped unto that American Idol audition stage back in 2011 to do his rendition of Josh Turner’s “Your Man.”

Now we know just where McCreery got that deep voice…and this week, he was forced to say goodbye to it.

The Mercury Nashville/19/Interscope Records turned to his personal Facebook page earlier this week to announce the death of his Granddad, Bill McCreery.

“I am sad to share my Granddad, Bill McCreery, passed away unexpectedly last Sunday,” he began. “He had celebrated his 86th birthday just two days earlier. My Granddad was a hard worker who spent 20 years in the US Air Force Strategic Air Command and 10 more years working for the US Civil Service at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. He lived life to the fullest, was good-natured and had a hearty laugh. He was totally devoted to my Grandmother Paquita for 57 years. Together, they raised three children and were inspirations for their six grandchildren. He was one amazing guy who drove a black mustang convertible and could still dive off his diving board in his backyard pool. As his only grandson, it will be an honor to carry on the family name. Thank you Granddad for everything, but especially the lessons on love and respect, the golf and diving lessons AND that McCreery deep voice.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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