Over the Aug. 21-22 weekend, widespread flash flooding impacted Middle Tennessee, including country music star Loretta Lynn’s Hurricane Mills ranch, located in Humphreys County, Tenn. Lynn, as well as the official Loretta Lynn’s Ranch Facebook account, shared that ranch foreman Wayne Spears was swept up in the flood waters on Saturday and did not survive.
“There are no words at the ranch today…only tears,” read a post on Lynn’s official Facebook page, which was accompanied by photos of Spears. “We lost my amazing ranch foreman, Wayne, in this devastating flood. He took such good care of things here on the ranch for us. He’s one of us and the whole Lynn family is heartbroken. Please pray for his precious family and friends.”
“Wayne has been a family friend to the Lynns and a fixture to the Ranch for decades and we are all devastated by his passing,” read a statement from Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. “The Ranch will never be the same without him but he will always be remembered for his ready smile, kind heart, and willingness to go the extra mile for everyone around him. Eventually we will rebuild our community, our ranch, our lives and our homes but only God could build a man like Wayne Spears. There’s just no replacing that. May he rest in peace.”