Grand Ole Opry announces Troy Gentry memorial service plans

Grand Ole Opry announces Troy Gentry memorial service plans

Grand Ole Opry announces Troy Gentry memorial service plans

An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board offered a few comments that explain Troy Gentry's fatal helicopter crash on Friday (Sept. 8).

There will be a public celebration of Gentry's life at noon Thursday (11 a.m. CT) at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Yet, of course, that's only part of the story of this Kentucky native, who died at the age of 50 in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on September 8.

Gentry was born on April 5, 1967, in Lexington, Kentucky, where he met his bandmate and formed a group based off their last names.

Gentry leaves behind a wife and two daughters. A private, family internment will follow. Gentry and both Montgomery brothers also performed together a bit later in the band Young Country. The duo had success on the country charts, scoring five No. 1 hits.

The award-winning country music duo of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry released several platinum-selling albums and were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009 and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to TJ Martell Foundation or the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. Gentry's widow, Angie McClure Gentry, is a breast cancer survivor.

For those unable to attend, a live stream of the service can be viewed here on Thursday: "http://www.opry.com/troy-gentry".

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