Macon, Georgia honors rocker Gregg Allman at his funeral
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 05, 2017,
Jun 05, 2017, 17:16
Hundreds of well-wishers arrived on Saturday for the funeral of Southern rock legend Gregg Allman, who died May 27 at the age of 69. That's music journalist Amanda Petrusich joining us from her home in Brooklyn, N.Y., talking about musician Gregg Allman, who died today at the age of 69 in Savannah, Ga.Allman "passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia", a statement on the singer's website read Saturday.Allman was a onetime Tampa Bay-area resident, living in Anna Maria Island for about six years.
Organizers encouraged fans of the Allman Brothers Band to pay their respects by lining the streets from the funeral home to the cemetery, beginning at the corner of Cherry and First streets, near the Macon City Auditorium.
"We always enjoyed the band's music and Gregg was always my favorite one", said fan Gary Turner, 62, who attended the procession with his girlfriend.
The 71-year-old singer attended an intimate service in Allman's hometown of Macon, Georgia where she was spotted entering the chapel, dressed in black slacks, a white button-up shirt with a corset and a black hat and sunglasses. He is survived by his children Elijah Blue, Michael, Devon, Delilah and Layla. His mother's ashes will soon be buried there as well. Allman was buried near his brother, founding Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman, and bandmate Berry Oakley at Rose Hill Cemetery.
As requested by Allman's estate, mourners wore jeans to the funeral instead of suits.
Thousands of fans lined the streets to honor the "Ramblin Man", who was carried into Rose Hill Cemetery as a bagpiper played a somber tune. Earlier this week, Cher took to Twitter to say that it has been a "rough time" for the entire family in the week since Allman died after a battle with liver cancer, but it seems as though the pop superstar is having an especially rough time herself. The two married in 1975 and briefly became a recording duo, known as Allman and Woman, before divorcing in 1979.
Allman was supposed to perform at Macon's Grand Opera House on Saturday night. "We'll miss you brother Gregg".