Mel Tillis, who passed away from respiratory failure in November, was laid to rest later that month at Mount Hermon Baptist Church amongst family and friends.
The Tillis family is now announcing that there will be a public memorial service for the legendary singer. At 10am on Wednesday January 31, family, fans and colleagues will gather at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, also known as the Mother Church of country music, to pay their respect to Mel.
Many of Mel’s friends will be on hand to pay tribute to the Florida native and say goodbye. Those honoring Mel with performances will be Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Brenda Lee, Alison Krauss with the Street Corner Symphony, Jamey Johnson, Collin Raye, Daryle Singletary, Lorrie Morgan, Ira Dean, Pam Tillis, Sonny Tillis, and Carrie April Tillis.
The memorial is open to the public.
Mel recorded more than 60 albums, had 35 Top Ten singles, released six No. 1 hits including, “I Ain’t Never,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” “Southern Rains,” “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” and “I Believe In You”, and was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1976,
Mel Tillis passed away on November 19, 2017, at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. Mel was 85.