Thousands say goodbye to Gregg Allman

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Thousands of fans joined family and friends in saying their goodbyes to Southern Rock pioneer, Gregg Allman. Allman was laid to rest on Saturday in his hometown of Macon.

Allman’s family held a private service at Snow’s Memorial Chapel at 1 PM. His former wife Cher and former president Jimmy Carter, were among guests at the funeral. Cherry Street was blocked off from First Street to New Street, but that didn’t stop fans from sitting on the outside. Hundreds of fans lined up near Snow’s all the way down Riverside Drive, leading up to Rose Hill Cemetery.

Fans traveled from all over the country to pay their respects to their Southern Rock icon. Janetta Walsh and Joni Nelson are long time Gregg Allman fans.  They have gone to numerous Allman concerts.

“Snow storms, driving to go see them, all day concerts, all day festivals, just to be a part of it,” said Walsh.

Neslon and Walsh traveled from Brooklyn to say goodbye to their friend. They originally bought tickets to see Allman perform at the Grand Opera House. He was supposed play June 3rd, instead they attended his funeral.

“He had a way of singing things, he had a way of bringing life to words and feelings,” said Nelson.

Dawn Poston says Allman was more than musician to her, he was her life. Poston drove six hours alone to pay her respects.

“Everybody says, ‘its the soundtrack of my life’, but it really it truly is,” said Poston. “From the time I was twelve years old.”

Allman was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery right next to his brother Duane Allman and band member Berry Oakley. Poston says ‘it makes sense’ for him to return to Macon.

Following the fans then made their way to the Big House Museum where there the museum held a private party for friends and family. People stood outside to enjoy Allman’s music and celebrate his life.

 

 

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Edna Ruiz joined the 41NBC news team in October of 2016. She was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. Edna graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2016, majoring in Telecommunications with a focus in Broadcast News and a minor in Political Science. During her time at USF, she interned at Univision Tampa Bay, FOX 13 News and was the On-Air Promotions announcer for the New York Yankees during Spring Training. She was a USF Latino Scholar and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She comes from a Mexican-American background and is fluent in Spanish. Although she’s very new to the area, she is excited to be serving the Middle Georgia community. Edna loves to meet new people and hear their stories. So, if you have a story idea or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out to her at eruiz@41NBC.com