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Friends of slain country singer share memories, hope for answers

Friends gathered at SomeWhere to remember the life of Wayne Mills. Friends gathered at SomeWhere to remember the life of Wayne Mills.
Nashville bar owner Ferrell was arrested and charged with Mills' murder. (Source: Nashville Metro PD/WSMV) Nashville bar owner Ferrell was arrested and charged with Mills' murder. (Source: Nashville Metro PD/WSMV)
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Friends are hoping for answers after the news of an arrest for the shooting death of Arab native country singer Jerald Wayne Mills. A Nashville bar owner was arrested Friday on murder charges. Those friends Those friends convened at one of Mills' long-time concert venues, where memories of him are still fresh.

The music plays at the Guntersville bar SomeWhere, where Wayne Mills used to perform, and where owner Morris "Bubba" Thurmond remembered Mills as an "incredible" friend.

"He was just a good old country boy. He just loved life," Thurmond said.

Mills was shot to death in a confrontation at a Nashville bar two weeks ago. Bar owner Chris Ferrell has been indicted and arrested on charges of second-degree murder. Ferrell claimed he was defending himself against Mills.

Thurmond sees the arrest as progress.

"Even with the gentleman being charged, it doesn't bring Wayne back. It's just a silly event that never should have happened," he said.

Thurmond said the circumstances of Mills' death, at least as they have been reported, have been confusing and a little hard to believe. He said he's waiting for the truth to come out.

"I've known Wayne a long time. I've traveled with Wayne. I've worked with Wayne. It just did not sound right to me," he said.

Mills was actually scheduled to perform at SomeWhere last Saturday night after the Iron Bowl. The show was quickly turned instead into a benefit concert for his family.

"The most important thing is to make sure that Wayne's legacy survives and that his wife and child are taken care of. Wayne was a guy that lived to love and loved to live. That's who he was," Thurmond said.

Visitation for Mills will start Saturday at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of Arab High School. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m.

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