MACON, Ga. Legendary Southern rocker Gregg Allman was laid to rest Saturday near his older brother Duane in the same cemetery where they used to write songs among the tombstones, not far from US Highway 41. Cher and Jimmy Carter were among the mourners as the Allman Brothers Band singer was laid to rest.
Thousands of fans lined the streets of Macon to honor the Ramblin Man,who was carried into Rose Hill Cemetery as a bagpiper played a somber tune. Family and friends, including musicians who played in The Allman Brothers Band over the years, gathered on a hillside overlooking his grave, which is shaded by huge oak trees.
Many shared memories of concerts, and some blared the bands songs from their cars and trucks. One carried a sign saying You made our soul shine. Well miss you, brother Gregg.
I wouldnt have missed this if I lived in China, said Kelli Jo Hickman, who drove in from Murphy, N.C. She said her mom, Dixie, introduced her to the band in the 1970s, and shes listened to their music ever since.
The funeral service was private, with room for only about 100 people inside the small chapel. Mourners, including Allmans ex-wife Cher, filed past white columns into the peach-colored building as five black stretch limousines waited outside for the short trip to the cemetery.
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