When Merle Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday on April 6, it was a shock to the entire country music community. But as his youngest son, Ben, wrote in a touching post to social media, his father had a feeling his time on Earth was almost over.
“A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn’t wrong,” Ben wrote.
Since Merle knew he didn’t have much time left, he went ahead and started planning his funeral service.
“I found out that Merle had preplanned his own service,” Marty Stuart told The Tennessean. “He requested that Connie sing ‘Precious Memories,’ that me and Connie sing his song ‘Silver Wings,’ and that I officiate the service. We’re honored to do it.“