Merle Haggard’s private funeral was held Saturday in Palo Cedro, California. “The Tennessean” reports, Haggard pre-planned the service. As requested, Marty Stuart officiated the memorial. Stuart and his wife, Hall of Fame member Connie Smith, sang Haggard’s song “Silver Wings.” Haggard also requested that Smith sing “Precious Memories.”
Merle Haggard passed away Wednesday, which was also his 79th birthday. Haggard’s manager, Frank Mull says he had been in hospice care recently and died at 9:20 a.m. in Palo Cedro, California from pneumonia. Willie Nelson paid tribute to Haggard yesterday on Facebook. The post was a simple photo of the two longtime friends laughing together on a couch. The caption read, “He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him.” Haggard’s son Ben also shared that his father predicted he would die on his birthday.