While many families have rung the New Year in on a light and happy note, Ray Stevens and his family have gone into mourning over the loss of Stevens’ wife, Penny Jackson Ragsdale.
The country singer shared the news of his wife’s death with his fans via his Facebook page on 1 January.
The post garnered many wishes of condolences from fans and fellow artists alike.
Stevens shared in the post that his wife had passed away on New Year’s Eve in their home at the age of 78. The announcement comes after Stevens called off his New Year's Eve show to spend time with his wife.
Ragsdale is survived by her husband, two daughters, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not been made public.