Merle Haggard’s Funeral to Be Private

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Merle Haggard, who passed away on April 6 at the age of 79, will have a private funeral on April 9 in Palo Cedro, California, the Tennessean newspaper reports.

“I found out yesterday that Merle had preplanned his own service,” Marty Stuart told the paper. “He requested that Connie [Smith] sing ‘Precious Memories,’ that me and Connie sing his song ‘Silver Wings,” and that I officiate the service. We’re honored to do it.”

“It’s a privilege,” added Stuart’s wife Smith. “He was a real friend, and we loved him dearly.”