Reba loses father two days after signing new recording contract

It’s been a roller coaster week for country superstar Reba McEntire. On Tuesday (Oct 21st), the singer was celebrating a career milestone as she signed on to become the inaugural artist on the Nash Icons Music label. On Friday (Oct 24th) morning, she was mourning the loss of her father, Clark McEntire, who passed away the night before at the age 86.

“Daddy passed away last night in Coalgate, OK at 11 pm CST,” the superstar writes on her Instagram page. “He had been in the nursing home for a while and we’re very thankful he is not suffering anymore. He was a born and bred cowboy through and through. He had been sick for 5 years. It makes total sense to me, he always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go on home.”

“He was just taking his time to go on home.”

The devastating news was first revealed by Reba’s younger sister, Christian music singer, Susie Luchsinger.

“I am going to miss you Daddy,” Luchsinger posted on her Facebook page early Friday morning. “May you rest quietly. Clark McEntire 1927 – 2014 Passed late Thursday in Coalgate, OK.”

The elder McEntire suffered a stroke three years ago and the family had “planned the funeral three times. We’ve selected songs. We’ve picked out where he’s going to be buried …” Reba states before his condition improved.

McEntire was an avid steer roper who won the World Championship three times: 1957-58 and 61. He was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. It was McEntire who encouraged Reba to sing the National Anthem at the rodeos she attended. She was hired in 1974 to sing at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City where she was discovered by Red Steagall, and the rest is history.

Reba’s hit with Brooks & Dunn, “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” a daddy/daughter song, will definitely be harder for the redhead to perform now. It was just last week that Reba last performed the hit single when Ronnie Dunn made a surprise appearance at her show in Omaha.

McEntire is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, three daughters Reba, Alice and Susie and son, Pake, along with several grandchildren.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McEntire family.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.