Country musician Charlie Daniels honored at memorial service

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MOUNT JULIET, Tennessee – Country Music Hall of Fame musician Charlie Daniels received military honors at a memorial ceremony in Tennessee on Wednesday evening.

The country music icon who wrote the hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” died Monday at the age of 83 after a stroke, according to his publicist.

The singer, guitarist and violinist was also an honorary brigadier general of the Tennessee State Guard and founded the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at Middle Tennessee State University, school officials said.

Tennessee Adjutant General, Army Major General Jeff Holmes, was joined by the President of the University and senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives to render military honors during full service air in a Mount Juliet funeral home.

The ceremony began with an overview of Army Blackhawk helicopters. Holmes and university officials then presented American flags to Daniels’ wife, Hazel, and her son Charlie Daniels Jr.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee delivered a speech and country musician Trace Adkins, among others, performed.

Daniels, from Wilmington, North Carolina, started out as a session musician, playing on Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” sessions. From the early 1970s, his group of five musicians made numerous tours, sometimes making 250 concerts per year. Throughout his career, Daniels has played at the White House, the Super Bowl, all over Europe, and often for troops in the Middle East.

The Associated Press

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