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Widow says Wayne Mills Keeps Giving Life Even After His Death--Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Three weeks after Wayne Mills was shot and killed, his wife Carol is speaking out for the first time. Mills was shot at the Pit and Barrel bar downtown by the owner, Chris Ferrell.

Ferrell told Metro Police he shot Mills out of self-defense when the two men got into a fight over smoking in Ferrell's bar. Wayne Mills was shot and died on November 23rd.

Carol Mills said, "It seems so surreal sometimes. Three weeks really seems  like three days."

Carol spent Saturday with friends, reflecting on the last few weeks. Carol says her 44-year-old husband spent half of his weeks touring.

Carol Mills explained, " In some ways it feels like he just on the road. And at any minute he could come home. In some ways that's comforting, in some ways that's sad to know that's not the case."

The late country singer's funeral was last Sunday in his hometown of Arab, Alabama. The state is also a place dear to Carol's heart. She met Wayne when she was 19-years-old at the University of Alabama. Wayne was on the football team and just learning how to play guitar.

Carol Mills said, " He was a great entertainer and fun to watch, but he was also a great husband and my son's hero and a great dad ."

Married for nearly ten years, the couple had their son Jack seven years ago. Carol says if Wayne was on the road, he still called every night to say prayers with his family.

Carol Mills said, " He and I really had a good relationship. I know when he left this earth he knows what I felt about him and there's not doubt in my mind about he felt and me and Jack.That's a good feeling. "

More than 1,500 people attended Wayne's funeral . Many showing support on social media as well.

Carol Mills says, " We've felt every thought and prayer the entire time. It's amazing though to know that one soul has touched that many people."

Wayne continues to touch lives and give life, even after his death. Carol is an organ donor, was unaware that her husband was a donor as well, until November 23.

Carol Mills says, "I'm thankful he made that choice.There are five people that are getting more time with their families at the holidays. And Wayne would be proud of that. It's nice to know that Wayne's heart still beats. "

Carol is respecting Wayne's wishes as well, making sure she and Jack stay happy.

Carol Mills says, "He would be mad that I just stopped and that I didn't pick up and move on."

Wayne Mills' friends have held several benefits to support Jack and Carol. The next fundraiser is this Thursday at the Silver Dollar Saloon. For more information, CLICK HERE.


Chris Michaels Ferrell turned himself into Metro Police last Friday. The 45-year-old is charged with second degree murder. His attorney David Raybin, intends to plea not guilty and request Ferrell's $300,000 bond be lowered.


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