LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A week ago, word came that Mac Davis was critically ill. Now, the late entertainer has returned to the hometown he never forgot. He was laid to rest on Monday at the age of 78 at the City of Lubbock Cemetery.
There was a final drumroll and introduction for Mac Davis upon his return to the place he called home.
“Nobody knew that talent that he had. That’s the main thing I remember about Mac,” said Larry Byers.
Byers was among the mourners of Mac Davis who lined the motorcade route and entrance to the Lubbock Cemetery.
Byers says he was a classmate of Davis at Lubbock High School in 1958.
The warm afternoon of his funeral became a time to remember and reflect.
“Bill and Mac would sit in their car and Mac would sing songs to Bill Pruitt and that’s how Bill knew Mac had talent to make up songs on the spot which mac did a lot of.," said Byers.
That songwriting, singing and entertaining took Mac Davis to great heights - working with legends. But he’d become a legend of his own.
“When I was coming here, I was listening to the songs he had written for Elvis and the ‘Texas in my Rearview Mirror.’ It’s like ok, that’s pretty cool," said Laura Weiss, a fan of Mac Davis.
Just as common as that song was played played from phones awaiting its writer and singer were the sentiments and pride of these fans had of a man who never forgot where he came from.
“He was a good singer and he loved Lubbock,” said fan Phyllis Boyer.
“And he wanted to be buried in Lubbock, Texas in his jeans... and that’s cool,” said another fan.
Although unexpected, his return fulfills a wish he made well-known in that famous song.
“He never forgot where he came from. I think that these people are an indication that we appreciate what he did for Lubbock and Texas and we just want to say hello and goodbye,” said Weiss." He never forgot where he came from. You know, he was just a good ol' boy from Texas."
In lieu of flowers, fans are asked to send donations to MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s charity for musicians and music industry professionals in times of need.