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Neighbors in Middleburg remember Slim Whitman

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Updated: 6/19/2013 1:08 pm
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- To neighbors he was known as a good man, but the rest of the world knew him as a country music star.

"He was very famous for his yodeling being able to yodel," said Jerry Ballmann.

[Slideshow: Remembering Slim Whitman]

Slim Whitman died early Wednesday, but his neighbors say he will live on through his music.

"My mother-in-law, she remembers him," said Ballmann. "She had his records and things when she was growing up," he said.

[Related story: Slim Whitman dies at Orange Park Medical Center]

Ballman said the fame never got to his head and that he always cared about the residents of Middleburg, a place he called home.

"He's been here so long and this is his home, he wanted to be in the area," said Ballman.

Ballman said Whitman definitely won't be forgotten.

"I think they'll remember him for his music and also the fact he was a good old boy," said Ballman.

In 2008, a rumor started that Whitman had died.

The singer came forward then to set the record straight.

No word yet on funeral arrangements.
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Texas Pete - 6/19/2013 9:51 PM
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I was, and still am, a big Slim Whitman fan. So sad to see him go.
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