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.”