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Year in Review: Country music singers that passed away in 2013

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Today as we reflect on the memories of 2013, we cannot help but think of the loved ones who passed away in the field of country music. From legends whose memory will never fade, to newcomers who were just starting to make their mark on the music business, each left a lasting impression.

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In April 2013, he was simply known as the Possum. You could even say his last name and people of all music knew you were talking about the one and only George Jones. His life was a country music song that left us all wondering who will fill his shoes. Nevertheless, the haunting reminder of 'He Stopped Loving Her Today,' proves that he did know how to capture an audience.

Country crooner Ray Price stood his ground when Blake Shelton spoke about the older generation of country singers and fans. However, it was his songs such as 'For the Good Times' and 'Heartaches by the Number,' that fans would remember him best for. He passed away a week before Christmas due to pancreatic cancer.

The story of Hank Williams passing away in the back of a powder blue Cadillac was made into a movie released earlier this year. The driver of that famous Cadillac was Charles Carr, who passed away earlier this year.

In August, we lost Cowboy Jack Clement, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Clement, along with Tompall Glaser, were part of the infamous outlaw movement alongside Waylon Jennings.

Grand Ole Opry star, Jack Greene, was always up on stage singing his classic hit, 'There Goes My Everything.' His bright smile along with his sparkly suits are greatly missed up on the Opry stage.

Patti Page, best known for her song 'The Tennessee Waltz,' passed away in California at the age of 85.

Mindy McCready would be known for her personal trials and tribulations to those outside of country music. However, many would remember her best by her songs 'Ten Thousand Angels' and 'Guys Do It All the Time.'

North Carolina native, Hoss Howard, was starting to make an impact onto the country music scene. The Army veteran received the Joint Service Achievement Medal for his service in Operation Desert Storm. He was well loved and performed at many charity events throughout North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Honky tonk singer, Wayne Mills, of Alabama, could be best known for always having the biggest heart. He never stopped following a dream and was working on his latest album. Having performed with Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Blake Shelton, and others, he was well respected in the country music community. His best known hit was "Last Honky Tonk" that received both video and radio airplay.

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