(CNN)Loretta Lynn's ranch foreman, Wayne Spears, died successful the Tennessee floods connected Sunday aft helium was swept up successful the rising waters, according to a Facebook station from a "heartbroken" Lynn.
"There are nary words astatine the ranch today...only tears. Our ranch household is our family. We mislaid my astonishing ranch foreman, Wayne successful this devastating flood. He took specified bully attraction of things present connected the ranch for us. He's 1 of america and the full Lynn household Is heartbroken. Please commune for his precious household and friends," the station began.
"With the heaviest of hearts we are saddened to study that our beloved foreman Wayne Spears did not past being swept up successful the flood waters," the station continued. "Wayne has been a household person to the Lynns and a fixture to the Ranch for decades and we are each devastated by his passing."
Spears was 1 of astatine slightest 21 radical successful Tennessee who died successful the flooding arsenic of Sunday. More are missing.
According to the National Weather Service up to 17 inches of rainfall fell successful little than 24 hours implicit the play successful the area.
"The Ranch volition ne'er beryllium the aforesaid without him but helium volition ever beryllium remembered for his acceptable smile, benignant heart, and willingness to spell the other mile for everyone astir him," Lynn wrote of Spears. "Eventually we'll rebuild our community, our ranch, our lives and our homes, but lone God could physique a antheral similar Wayne Spears. There's conscionable nary replacing that. May helium remainder successful peace."