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Southern rock’s greatest chapter came to a close on Saturday, June 3rd as rock legend Gregg Allman was laid to rest alongside brother Duane and close friend and bandmate Berry Oakley in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Allman, who died May 27th at the age of 69 after a private battle with liver cancer, was celebrated by loved ones who came from every corner of the earth to pay their last respects, foregoing suits and ties in exchange for jeans as per one of Gregg’s final requests.
A quiet ceremony that drew attendance from Allman’s ex-wife Cher and former president Jimmy Carter, Allman’s memorial saw moving, powerful eulogies delivered by three of his children; Devon, Layla and Delilah Island, as well as niece Galadrielle Allman and longtime friends Chank Middleton and Michael Lehman.
Fans lined the route for the funeral procession along the mile-long route from Snow’s Memorial Chapel to the Rose Hill Cemetery, looking on quietly from a nearby hill as family and friends mourned below but though the day was one for tears and remembrance, Saturday night saw friends return to where it all began – The Big House – for a spirited jam in honor of Gregg, Duane, Berry, and Butch that reminded them all of what made The Allman Brothers Band so special: their ability to bring people together, even during the darkest of moments.
Rest easy, Gregg. We’re all infinitely better through the gifts you shared with us.