Mickey Gilley’s Celebration of Life Service is streamed live online

A celebration of life service for the late Mickey Gilley is scheduled for May 27 and fans will have the opportunity to stream it live online.

According to a press release, Gilley’s family and friends will gather with select invited guests on Friday, May 27 at the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater in Branson, Missouri, where the legendary entertainer spent many of his later years.

The Celebration of Life begins at 1pm CT and will be streamed live online with further details to be announced on Gilley’s Facebook page. Seating at the in-person event will be reserved for Gilley’s family and those closest to them, with a limited number of seats also available to the public on a first come, first served basis.

A public memorial will be held in Pasadena, Texas later this summer and there will also be a private memorial in Ferriday, La.

A public tribute celebration is also scheduled to take place in Nashville, with details to be announced shortly.

According to a statement from his publicist, Gilley died “peacefully” in Branson on May 7, “with his family and close friends by his side.” He was 86 years old.

Born on March 9, 1936 in Natchez, Miss., Gilley scored his first country hit in 1974 with “Room Full of Roses,” which earned him his first No. 1 single. Over the next two decades he had a total of 17 hits at the top of the charts, including “Window Up Above”, “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time”, “True Love Ways”. ‘, ‘You don’t know me’ and more.

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Gilley rose to more mainstream fame in the ’80s following the release of the John Travolta film Urban cowboy, many of which were filmed at his Texas nightclub, Gilley’s. The film’s soundtrack became a hit and featured its cover of “Stand by Me,” which topped the country charts and also achieved a crossover Top 40 hit.

Gilley also pursued an acting career which included roles in murder she wrote, The case guy, fantasy island and Dukes of Hazzard. The entertainer has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including six Academy of Country Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. Gilley was also one of a select few artists to receive the Academy of Country Music’s Triple Crown Awards.

Gilley was preceded in death by his wife Vivian. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Loeb Gilley; his children Kathy, Michael, Gregory and Keith Ray; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and his cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.

In lieu of flowers, Gilley’s family is asking for donations to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or a shelter of their choice.

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May they rest in peace…

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