He literally gave him the coat off his back.
Troy Gentry
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It's not uncommon to hear a generous person described as willing to "give you the shirt off their back." It's an idiom people use hyperbolically—but not when it comes to Troy Gentry.

Last week, country music stars like Tracy Lawrence, Justin Moore, and Terri Clark gathered at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville to remember their fellow artist, who died in a helicopter crash in September 2017. Among them was Troy's widow, Angie.

"He was a really good guy with a really big heart," Angie told The Boot. "He had a lot of friends. He didn't know a stranger, and he was willing to stick his neck out for others. He'd give you the shirt off his back."

She went on to recall something that happened just after Troy earned his first tour jacket — "a big, leather tour jacket from Sony"—during one of Montgomery Gentry's first headlining tours.

"It was cold, and [Troy] walked by and he couldn't stand it, so he turns around and takes his first tour jacket that he ever got in Nashville and gives it to a homeless guy," Angie recalled.

She wasn't with him in that moment, but later, when he told her where it had gone, Angie said he explained his charitable action in simple terms. "The guy's cold and I have a coat, and I can get another coat and that guy didn't have a coat," she remembers him saying.

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And it wasn't just that one time. "Anything he could do to help somebody he was more than willing," Angie added. "You know the guys who sit at the end of the interstate and wash the windows and beg for spare change? Any time he was in the car, whatever he had on him, he rolled the window down and he'd hand it to them. He was like, 'I'm not sure what they're doing with it, but they need it more than I do.'"

"He was just—he was a good guy," she concluded. "I'm a little prejudiced, but he was a really good guy."