Ralph Stanley’s Funeral Will Be Open to the Public
Funeral arrangements have been announced for bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley. His many fans are welcome to pay their respects to the icon at a public ceremony that will take place on Tuesday (June 28).
According to Stanley’s official Facebook page, his memorial service is set for Tuesday at the Hills of Home Park, which is located on Carter Stanley Highway on Smith Ridge, between Coeburn, Va., and McClure, Va. The location is the same site where Stanley hosted an annual Memorial Day Weekend bluegrass festival.
Mourners are asked to arrive by 5PM, with the funeral service set to begin at 6PM. More information is available by calling 276-926-4646.
The enormously influential bluegrass pioneer passed away on Thursday (June 23) at the age of 89, after a battle with skin cancer. The banjo player and leader of the legendary Clinch Mountain Boys was one of the pivotal figures in bluegrass history, receiving an honorary doctorate, joining the International Bluegrass Hall of Honor in 1992 and the Grand Ole Opry in 2000.
Stanley also received the Living Legends medal from the Library of Congress and a National Medal of Arts, and performed at two presidential inaugurations. He mentored a number of young artists, including Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs. Skaggs remembered his musical hero and friend in a public statement after his passing.
"The end of an era, the passing of a King, a kind and humble King from the mountains. He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where. Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches," Skaggs said. "He was my hero and I was blessed to know him, love him and make music with him as a young teenager. The Scriptures tell us 'God uses the simple things to confound the wise.' He certainly used Ralph Stanley to bring the music of the mountains to the masses."
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