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EXCLUSIVE: Friends Talk about Death of Local Songwriter

Updated: Sunday, November 24 2013, 10:41 PM CST
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NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. - ONLY ON FOX tonight, an EXCLUSIVE look at the Nolensville country singer who died last night. Jerald Wayne Mills of the Wayne Mills Band was shot Saturday morning around 5am at the Pit & Barrel Bar on 2nd Avenue. Metro Police say the bar owner, Chris Michaels Farrell, got into a fight with Mills over smoking in the bar. Police say Ferrell claims he shot Mills out of self defense. Here's a twist in the story: Police mis-identified Wayne Mills. FOX17 brought you an EXCLUSIVE interview with Wayne Mills' manager yesterday. ONLY ON FOX17, teh interview with Mills' close friends as they gathered at a local honky tonk bar to remember the 44 year old this afternoon. Wayne Mills played country music in honky tonks across the country for decades. He was coming up on a major distribution deal when he was shot and killed Saturday.

Now friends are reflecting on the life of Wayne Mills, their "honky tonk hero". A final toast to Mills after he was shot at the Pit & Barrel Saturday morning. Bobby Johnson met Mills 14 years ago playing music together and hitting the honky tonk circuit. Sunday afternoon Mills' friends gathered at another honky tonk in honor of the country singer.

In his memory, friends like fellow country singer J.D. Outlaw sang a song he wrote 2 months ago about Wayne Mills called "Modern Day Hank". J.D. Outlaw also opened a bar in Dickson named after Mills' song "Last Honky Tonk". Wayne Mills played his last show on Thursday night at the Wanted Saloon. A man that was not only a country singer and former University of Alabama player, but also a husband and a father. Mills was married to his wife Carol for more than 20 years. His son Jack is just 7 years old, who these friends now feel responsible for. Benefits are already in the works for Mills' family.

They are in the thoughts of many who played with Mills, including Blake Shelton, Shooter Jennings and Taylor Hicks. Right now a fund is set up for Mills' family. To help, CLICK HERE. FOX17 received an EXCLUSIVE photo. This was taken a few months ago with a group of friends. You can see Wayne Mills in the back and then in front is the Pit & Barrel bar owner Chris Ferrell, who shot Mills yesterday morning.

Ferrell is casually posing and holding a gun in the picture. Police say he does have a valid permit to carry a handgun. Metro Police are still investigating Ferrell's claim of self defense in shooting Wayne Mills.

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