The family of influential Bluegrass musician Dr. Ralph Stanley has announced that his funeral will be open to public.
The Grand Ole Opry member and International Bluegrass Hall of Famer passed away on Thursday, June 23, at the age of 89 due to difficulties related to skin cancer.
Following the sad news of Stanley’s death, the family announced funeral arrangements for the service that will honor the iconic musician. According to WJHL, Stanley will be laid to rest at Hills of Home Park, a cemetery in McClure, Virginia. The service is scheduled for 5:00 PM tomorrow, Tues., June 28. The services are open to the public.
In lieu of flowers, Stanley’s family has requested that donations be made to Shriners Hospitals or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
“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,” Ricky Skaggs said in a statement of his longtime mentor and friend following the news of his passing. “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.”