Wife shares memories of slain country singer's life - WKRN News 2

Wife shares memories of slain country singer's life

Posted: Updated: Dec 14, 2013 11:20 PM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The wife of country singer Wayne Mills sat down and spoke with Nashville's News 2 about his life and the memories she cherishes most.

Carol Mills said she met Wayne at the University of Alabama when she was just 19 years old.

"He told his mom that day that he was going to marry me, so that was actually one of my favorite memories, was the first day that we met," she stated.

In 2000, eight years later, they got married, which lasted until Wayne Mills was tragically killed in late November at the Pit and Barrel in Nashville.

Bar owner Chris Ferrell claims he shot Mills in self defense after an argument over a cigarette. 

"None of it makes sense to me. I wasn't there, but none of it makes sense to me," Carol added.

A grand jury indicted Ferrell on second degree murder charges.  He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Carol said she met Ferrell once a long time ago.

"Mr. Ferrell will have to carry the burden of what he did," she stated. "The only thing I ask is that we try to get justice for Wayne."

Wayne died alone at the hospital after initially being misidentified by police.

"It's awful to think I could have had 10 more hours with him," Carol said. "Yeah, I could have been holding his hand."

Wayne and Carol have a 7-year-old son named Jack.

"He's my son's hero and my hero and my best friend, but it hasn't been just my loss, it's been a loss to many," Carol explained.

She added that Wayne was a great guy and always loved his family, God, music, and friends. 

"Through all of this I realized his life's work was really making friends for me and Jack.

Carol said Wayne had very good character, morals, and a great heart.

"Wayne was just very selfless, he was always thinking about somebody else, always," she explained.

The last time Carol remembers speaking with Wayne was when he attended the George Jones concert with several of his friends. Their conversation ended with "I love you."

"That's one thing I have peace about. I know that Wayne knew how I felt about him and there is no doubt in my mind about how he felt about me and Jack," she said.

She added the outpour of support across the country has been overwhelming.

"Especially at this time of the year when people have their own families to think about, that Wayne touched them enough, and talked about me and Jack enough that they would want to reach out and help us, it is amazing," Carol explained.

She told News 2 that Wayne was an organ donor and was able to help several families this holiday.

"He was able to save five lives and, at this time of the year, I can't imagine how amazing that is that five families have been able to have more time with their love ones. To me, that's the most amazing gift. He's given five people their life back when his was so tragically taken," Carol said. 

She added she has one request to help keep his legacy alive.

"Continue to play his music. That's all Wayne ever wanted, was to play his music. He wanted people to love what he did."

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