Stars hon­our coun­try singer Troy Gen­try at Opry memo­rial


NASHVILLE Coun­try singer Troy Gen­try of the pop­u­lar duo Mont­gomery Gen­try was memo­ri­al­ized Thurs­day by friends and Grand Ole Opry singers as funny and kind, an artist with a huge ap­petite for life who loved his fam­ily, his mu­sic, his band and his fans. Dur­ing a pub­lic cel­e­bra­tion of his life held at the Opry, friends rem­i­nisced about Gen­try’s big per­son­al­ity, his flashy smile and his jokes. They sang songs he loved to sing, along with some about his home state of Ken­tucky.

Gen­try, 50, died Fri­day in Med­ford, New Jersey, in a he­li­copter crash. The pi­lot, James Evan Robin­son who was also killed, re­ported shortly af­ter take­off that the air­craft was hav­ing me­chan­i­cal prob­lems.

Gen­try’s own voice, on an un­re­leased song from a forth­com­ing al­bum, closed the cer­e­mony. “Bet­ter Me” fea­tured Gen­try singing about how he was a bit older and a lit­tle less reck­less, and had turned a page on his wilder days.

“I ain’t say­ing I am per­fect, but I am work­ing on a bet­ter me,” he sings in the bal­lad.

Lit­tle Big Town, Vince Gill, Char­lie Daniels and Trace Ad­kins were among the stars who gath­ered at the ser­vice to sing songs like “How Great Thou Art,” “Way­far­ing Stranger,” and “My Old Ken­tucky Home.”

Troy Gen­try

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