BB King laid to rest, Obama pays tribute

31 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Final farewell to B.B. King – with Lucille in attendance.

As the instrument lay propped up on King’s casket, hundreds of mourners packed into Bell Grove Baptist Church to honour the one-time cotton picker whose talent inspired generations of musicians. “For those of us here in Indianola and around the world, B.B.

The 78-year-old Guy was among more than 4,000 people who filed past King’s open casket at the museum Friday, the eve of the blues legend’s funeral in the Mississippi Delta. King, who rose from sharecropper in the area’s flat cotton fields to worldwide fame as a blues singer and guitarist who influenced generations of entertainers. Two of his daughters have claimed he was poisoned by longtime associates – allegations dismissed as unfounded by an attorney for the artist’s estate. A public viewing and invitation-only memorial service were held in that city before his body was flown to Memphis, Tennessee, for a tribute Wednesday.

On a rainy Saturday, about 500 people filled the sanctuary of Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, a red brick structure that sits in a field off of B.B. At the beginning of the service, family members filed past King’s open casket, which had an image of Lucille embroidered on the padded white cloth inside the lid. King’s public viewing Friday was almost like a state funeral, with Mississippi Highway Patrol officers in dress uniform standing at each end of the casket. Country singer Marty Stuart said King created a musical legacy for the home state they share. “As a fellow Mississippian, I’m so proud to stand in his shadow as I walk across the world,” Stuart said. After visiting New Orleans, they drove to Indianola and stood among the throngs outside the museum as King’s casket was rolled out to a hearse after the public viewing.

King Museum clapped as they sang gospel songs, including one with the chorus: “Let’s all get together, bring peace to the world.” “The blues has lost its king and American has lost a legend,” Obama said. “No one worked harder than B.B.

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