NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — The state of Tennessee will honor late country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels with flags at half mast on Friday.
Gov. Bill Lee announced the flags would be at half mast from sunrise to sunset on July 10, the same day a funeral service for Daniels will be held at World Outreach Church at 1921 State Highway 99 in Murfreesboro.
Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland has ordered flags to fly at half-staff at City Hall Friday.
Daniels, a member of the Grand Ole Opry and a Country Music Hall of Famer, was 83.
Absolute Publicity, Inc. said Daniels passed away Monday morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage after doctors say he suffered a stroke.
His body was escorted by Mt. Juliet Police officers to Sellars Funeral Home along Mt. Juliet Rd. Monday afternoon. Fans lined the streets and paid their respects.
Daniels has raised helped raise millions for veterans through his own efforts and partnerships over the years. He also established a Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at Middle Tennessee State University.
"Charlie’s love of life and country was radiant and inspiring. And we at MTSU shall work every day to sustain and extend his legacy through the good works of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center," MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said. "Charlie will live on, not only through his music but also through the lives lifted through his generosity."
"An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and a true road warrior, Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need.," his representatives said. "The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits and his signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."