Country legend Loretta Lynn’s Tennessee ranch foreman was among at least 22 people who died in the rampant flooding that devastated part of the state on Saturday.
The Hurricane Mills Ranch announced the death of Wayne Spears in a Facebook post on Sunday – which was later shared by the 89-year-old country singer.
“There are no words at the ranch today… only tears,” Lynn wrote in her own Facebook post.
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“We lost my amazing ranch foreman, Wayne in this devastating flood. He took care of things here at the ranch so well for us. He’s one of us and the whole Lynn family is heartbroken,” a- she writes.
Spears was checking the animals in the barn when he was swept away by the violent flash flood, Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis told USA Today.
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“That’s how fast he had gone up,” Davis said of the floodwaters.
As of Sunday, dozens of people were still missing as a result of the extreme weather conditions in the state.
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Small rural Tennessee towns were hit with up to 17 inches of rain in less than 24 hours over the weekend.
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