It’s been a banner week for country singer and stroke survivor Randy Travis. On Sunday, he made a surprise appearance at the Academy of Country Music Awards. And it came out Tuesday that he has married long-time fiancé, Mary Davis.
Travis, 55, and Davis were married March 21 in Cooke County Texas by Pastor Tommy Nelson, People revealed.
The couple has already been through some intense tribulations together, including some legal troubles in 2012 and Travis’ stroke in 2013, USA Today reported. Randy has endured a long road to recovery and Davis was there every step of the way – she even opened and read fan mail to her now-husband throughout his illness, Taste of Country added.
Travis said the letters “brought me through the darkest of days. None of us are worthy of the immense outpouring of support shown to me and I consider each of my fans, a friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The couple’s pastor said that getting married, in what has been called a quiet and emotional ceremony, was the perfect way to cap off two years of struggle and start their lives anew, Radar Online added.
“It was just a really happy time for both of them. They had just come past a tough time with the stroke and rehabilitation and now they were getting back on their feet again and just embarking in life again.”
Rev. Nelson revealed that Randy and Mary wanted to keep their married life a secret to avoid media frenzy and ensure a private ceremony. And it was a simple one: The bride, in a white-lace gown and the groom in a “dapper dark suit,” exchanged rings and had a moment of prayer and commitment.
Now married and in the public eye once again, Travis appears to be looking ahead to life after his long stroke recovery. Music may be next. After his surprise appearance Sunday at the ACM Awards, Randy told fans that he hopes, with “continued healing… (to) be back on that stage exchanging music with my fans…my friends.”
But it’s unclear of Randy can speak or play guitar, Taste of Country added; he hasn’t spoken in public in a while.
Married life will surely provide continued support as the country legend works his way back onto the stage. Meanwhile, Travis said “it is my hope that my songs of yesterday continue to touch your life in some way.”
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