Cairo residents mourn the loss of country star Daryle Singletary

Courtesy: Grand Ole Opry, LLC; Chris Hollo, Photographer
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 12, 2018

CAIRO, Ga. (WCTV) -- Country music star Daryle Singletary has died at age 46, the singer's publicist confirms.

Singletary, a Cairo native, passed away Monday morning at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Officials have not yet confirmed a cause of death.

His hometown of Cairo is already feeling the loss. Mayor Booker Gainor says he plans to honor him.

"One thing I'm looking to do is actually give a proclamation to his family just to kind of recognize the impact that he has on the country music realm," Gainor said, "And to show that coming from a small town you can go off and conquer great goals."

Cairo resident and fan Eric Elkins says that Singletary will have a lasting impact on the small town.

"I choose to believe that right now he's probably looking down on his Sunday Morning kind of town as he used to say, and he is unmistakenly experiencing that Amen Kind of Love right now," Elkins said, "He is a legend."

The Grand Ole Opry shared a tribute to the singer via Twitter on Monday:

Singletary rose to fame with such hits as "I Let Her Lie," "Too Much Fun," "Amen Kind of Love" and "The Note."

Tallahassee firefighter Jason Byrd spent many years performing in Nashville, including singing with country legend George Jones at the Grand Ole’ Opry. He was stunned to hear of Daryle Singletary’s passing.

"He's young. He's my age," Byrd said. "I was shocked to hear the news. He was a great country singer and well respected by a lot of people in Nashville. His talents are going to be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. "

Byrd says he first met Singletary through George Jones and his wife. Byrd says he ran into Singletary backstage at many Nashville shows, and the two had many mutual friends, but never actually had a chance to play together.

"He was a true traditional country music artist. He loved real country music,” Byrd said. “We loved a lot of the same legends in country music. He was one of those in Nashville that never sold out to the trends to make a quick buck. He always stuck to his traditional country roots."

Singletary is survived by his wife, Holly, two sons, Jonah and Mercer, two daughters, Nora and Charlotte, parents, Roger and Anita Singletary, brother, Kevin Singletary, sister-in-law, Melinda Singletary, mother and father-in-law, Terry and Sandy Mercer, and brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Kristy Rowland.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.