Country singer Malinda "Mindy" Gayle McCready, 37, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Heber Springs, Ark. She was born Nov. 30, 1975, in Fort Myers.
She started singing in church at the age of 4, and from that age forward she used her God-given talent to sing for family and friends and at weddings, funerals and local events.
She signed a recording contract in Nashville at the tender age of 18 and soon became a country superstar with several No. 1 hits to her credit. She is best-known for her two-million-selling 1996 album "Ten Thousand Angels," including the No. 1 single "Guys Do It All the Time."
Her fame enabled her to become a voice for many childrens' charities and battered women organizations. At the time of her departure from this life, she was working on suicide prevention awareness.
She is survived by her sons, Zander and Zayne; mother, Gayle (Michael) Inge; father, Timothy (Terri) McCready; brothers, Timothy McCready Jr., Joshua McCready and Colton Skylar Phelan; nephew, Maddox McCready; maternal grandmother, Joan Stancel; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A celebration of her life was held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Crossroads Baptist Church. Pallbearers were Timothy McCready Jr., Joshua McCready, Colton Skyler Phelan, Chad Stancel, Tyler Stancel, Chase Stancel and Daniel Pledger.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the "Mindy McCready Children's Trust," c/o John Ammons, Edison National Bank, 13000 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33907.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at: www.Farleyfuneral.com.
Arrangements handled by Hodges-Farley Funeral Home.