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One week after his death at the age of 69, Southern rock pioneer Gregg Allman will be laid to rest on Saturday in his native Macon, Georgia in a private ceremony attended only by family and close friends to avoid the Allman family from feeling overwhelmed. In the last weeks of his life, Gregg was able to express his final wishes; no suits, mourners are to wear jeans and if they really must dress it up, sport coats are welcomed. Fans are to be included, barred from attending the actual ceremony but invited to line the route for the funeral procession along the mile-long route from Snow’s Memorial Chapel to the Rose Hill Cemetery, his final resting place.
Allman had one wish in particular, however, granted by his wife Shannon and his children: to be buried next to his beloved brother Duane and their friend, Berry Oakley.
Duane was famously killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971 at the age of 24 and one year later, Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley also died from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident eerily similar to Duane’s.
As difficult as this time is for Allman’s family, friends, and fans around the world, there’s some comfort in knowing that he’s with Duane and Berry again and as always, our hearts are with those who loved Gregg most as they prepare for one of the most difficult days of their lives.