Yesterday, my friend, mentor, and man that I love like my own Dad passed away. Derry Brownfield went like everyone wants to go. He had a great day, did the show in the morning, and went home, messed with his new cows, went to sleep….And went to sleep. He wasn’t ill, didn’t lose his faculties, and went strong until he went home. I was supposed to go up and visit he and his wife Verni and do a show there with him this week.
Derry Brownfield, was the real deal. He wouldn’t bow to the corporate power structure, and he wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is about any thing. The truth of the matter, absolutely mattered to Derry. Derry’s integrity, and unflagging interest in bringing the full picture into focus was unparalleled….No one will fill his boots. The mold was broken when Derry was created.
Services tentatively will be a visitation on Tuesday, and funeral on Wednesday at the Bowlin Funeral Home in California, Missouri. Times are not yet solidified, but I will post them when I find out.
Derry would always send off his listeners with a blessing followed by Happy Trails as his trademark…..His listeners were blessed, his guests were blessed, the nation was blessed and speaking for myself, I have been deeply blessed by knowing him. I miss him already.
“May the good Lord bless and keep you, either near or far away, may the good you wish for others shine on you today, May your heart stay tuned to music that will cheer the hearts of men, May the good Lord bless and keep you, until we meet again……. ”
Happy Trails, my friend….Until we meet again.
===Visitation is Tuesday, March 15th, from 4pm to 8pm at the Bowlin Cantriel Funeral Home in California Missouri. The funeral will be tomorrow, Wednesday March 16th, at the United Church of Christ in California, Missouri at 11am.=====