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The country music world is mourning the loss of one talented musician and lifelong friend.

Country outlaw and singer-songwriter Freddy Powers earned his wings on June 21. He was 84 years old. Since 2004, Freddy had been battling Parkinson’s disease.

Not only was Freddy a brilliant musician who penned hit songs with and for artists like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and George Jones, but his musical influence also carried over to generations.

According to “The Voice” contestant Mary Sarah’s Facebook page, Freddy was like a “second father” to her. She wrote, “He was a man who never thought about himself but others. He taught me to trust myself, to give, to give it all every time, to love, and so much more.”

She then continued, “He believed in me when no one else would. He opened his arms and took me under his wing and I will forever be grateful. I would not be the woman I am today without the love and support from Freddy Powers and his beautiful wife, Catherine-Allen Powers.”

Aside from his father/daughter-like bond with Mary Sarah, Freddy also shared a close kinship with “The Hag.” According to All Music, the buddies once lived alongside each other in houseboats on Lake Shasta, California. The pals also toured together.

While Freddy outlived his musical friend, Merle, by just a couple of months, the two will now be able to sing together again. This time, as angels among us.

At this time of sorrow, we share our deepest condolences with Freddy’s wife, Catherine, along with his many friends and family.

Melinda Lorge |