Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis is mourning the loss of his father. 83-year old Harold Bruce Traywick passed away Saturday, October 8th, in North Carolina.
According to his obituary, Traywick was a hard-working man who, over the course of his career, ran a meat route, owned a construction company, raised cattle and horses, and owned a turkey farm. He had a passion for horses and spent many years breaking and training them.
Traywick passed on his love of horses to Randy, something the singer spoke of in a 1990 interview.
"I love target shooting, and collecting guns and knives. But my passion is horses," Randy said. "I just bought a painted horse from my daddy named Shorty that is just about the smartest animal I've ever seen. My daddy can make a horse do just about anything you could ever expect to see a horse do -- and some things you couldn't."
Harold Traywick also loved classic country music and is credited with instilling a love for country music in his children. Randy, the second oldest of six children born to Harold and Bobbie Traywick, became one of the biggest country stars of the ‘80s and '90s and forever changed the face of the genre with his distinctive voice.
Harold Traywick is survived by 6 children, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He will be laid to rest Tuesday, October 11, in his hometown.
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Harold Traywick will be laid to rest Tuesday, October 11, in his hometown.
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