Country Icon Passes Away at 84 After Giving the Genre Some of Its Most Beloved Songs

January 14, 2019Jan 14, 2019

Another beloved country star has passed away. The news broke on Monday that the man behind "All My Ex's Live in Texas" has passed away, reported Taste of Country.

Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame songwriter Whitey Shafer, who was born Sanger D. Shafer, passed away on January 12. Shafer was 84 at the time of his passing. There are no other details about his death including the cause.

Shafer was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989. He didn't pursue songwriting as a career until later in his adulthood.

He wrote his first song at the age of 30. Before making the jump, he was in the army and he worked odd jobs.

When he moved to Nashville in 1967, he signed a recording deal with RCA Records and Musicor. He went on to write for a variety of artists including George Jones, Connie Smith, Johnny Russell, and Merle Haggard.

He had three divorces in the 1980s, which led him to write his biggest hits. George Strait picked up his son "All My Ex's Live in Texas," which was written after his divorce from his fourth wife in 1987, as well as "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind," which was written when he divorced Darlene Shafer in 1985.

Yet another divorce-era song, “I Wonder Do You Think Of Me” was recorded by Keith Whitley. It became the singer's first posthumous No. 1. In the 1990s, Shafer continued to write songs, including hits for John Michael Montgomery, Lee Ann Womack, Kenny Chesney, and Shawn Colvin.

Please pray for Whitney's friends and family as they mourn his passing.