Three years ago, country music almost lost one of it’s great voices when Randy Travis suffered from a near-fatal stroke. Now, it looks as though the celebrated singer has hit an important milestone in his long road to recovery.
According to the Bullard News, Travis was in attendance for the funeral of Pierre de Wet, a Texas entrepreneur and owner of a winery and retail business called Keipersol Estate. The memorial service drew over 1000 mourners, including the country star. For the first time since he suffered his debilitating stroke, Travis joined the friends and family of de Wet for a performance of “Amazing Grace”.
The moment was especially meaningful, as “Amazing Grace” was the last song Travis performed publicly before his hospitalization. His heart-wrenching rendition of the traditional Christian hymn was a part of George Jones‘ funeral service at the Grand Ole Opry House in 2013.
This new sighting is just the latest in a series of appearances from Travis in recent months. Many were surprised by his unannounced appearance at the 2015 ACM Awards, and his visit to the Grand Ole Opry just a few months later.
In January, Travis’ longtime friend and Vice President of RMA Presents Chuck Lipps also told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that he was impressed by the singer’s recovery. “I think Randy will make a total recovery,” Lipps explained. “He is lucky to be alive.”