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Reba McEntire's parents tell childhood stories of the music superstar

by Brandy McDonnell Published: November 2, 2009

Clark and Jackie McEntire, parents of singing star Reba McEntire, at their home near Stringtown (Photo by David McDaniel/The Oklahoman)

Reba McEntire, top, and her three siblings are featured in this old family photo.

The Oklahoman’s award-winning columnist Bryan Painter recently visited McEntire Ranch in Chockie to chat with Clark and Jackie McEntire, parents of music superstar Reba McEntire.

The McEntires shared many wonderful stories about Reba’s childhood, from her early encounter with U.S. Rep. Carl Albert to her learning to drive at age 5 so she could help her daddy feed cattle. The singer made her singing debut in first grade with a solo of “Away in the Manger” in a school Christmas play, they recalled.

When Reba and her three siblings were growing up, they were either helping on the ranch, playing outside or singing. Their mother said when she was young, singing together was how her family entertained themselves.

“At night we didn’t have a radio or television or anything like that,” Jackie told Bryan about her childhood. “So the whole family sang.

“The singing just passes down from generation to generation.”

To read Bryan’s fascinating column, click here. Reba fans should definitely consider it required reading.


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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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