Gregg Allman’s Funeral Set for Saturday
According to Macon's Telegraph newspaper, a reporter from which spoke to Allman's manager, Michael Lehman, Allman's memorial service will take place at Snow's Memorial Chapel at 1PM. Lehman says that Allman's family wants only 75-100 people at the service; per a request from Allman himself, attire will be casual.
“It’s a sad time," Lehman says, "and we all feel blessed that we had Gregg as as long as we did, and that he imparted the beautiful music on the world that he did.”
Although fans will not be able to attend Allman's funeral service or burial, they are being invited to line the mile-long funeral procession route between Snow's Memorial Chapel and Rose Hill Cemetery. There, Allman will be laid to rest next to his brother, Duane Allman, and the Allman Brothers Band's original bassist, Berry Oakley. Gregg Allman was born in Nashville, but he and his brother were living in Macon when they formed the Allman Brothers Band.
Billboard reports that Allman's oldest son, Devon Allman, wants to plan a memorial concert and celebration of life in his father's honor for later this year, with the proceeds going to charity. Allman would have turned 70 on Dec. 8.
"I just want to make sure that his music lives forever," Devon Allman says, "and is treated with respect and integrity."
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News of Allman’s death, at the age of 69, broke on Saturday afternoon; per a statement on Allman’s official website, the Southern rock icon — both a solo artist and a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band — “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Ga.”
Allman’s health had declined in recent years: In March of 2017, he canceled all of his tour plans for the remainder of the year. On April 24, rumors began to circulate that Allman had entered hospice care, but the singer soon made it clear that he was not in hospice, but was “resting on my doctor’s orders.”
“Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul,” the statement on Allman’s website reads. “Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”
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