Tracy Lawrence's father, Duane Dickens, has died. The 83-year-old was surrounded by family when he passed at his home in Texarkana, Ark. on Wednesday morning (Aug. 31).

Dickens was suffering from an undisclosed extended illness, and the family had time to prepare and say goodbye. No cause of death was listed in the obituary. The native Arkansan attended Southern Methodist University and earned a degree in banking. He'd become the vice president of State First National Bank, which later became Regions Bank.

In addition to Tracy, Dickens is survived by sons Laney and Samuel, as well as daughters Wendi, DeRenda and Daphne. He's also survived by his brother, a twin sister, seventeen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Lawrence is known for hit songs like "Time Marches On" and "Alibis." More recently he began hosting a syndicated radio show called Honky Tonkin' With Tracy Lawrence, which features three hours of hits from the 1980s, '90s and '00s with stories from the host and his guests.

Visitation for Dickens will be held at Madden Funeral Home in Foreman, Ark. on Sept. 4 from 3-5PM. The funeral is scheduled for Sept. 5 at 10AM CT at the First United Methodist Church in Forman. Dickens was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church.

Taste of Country sends condolences to Lawrence and his family.

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