NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WKYT) - Stars of the Grand Ole Opry gathered on Thursday to honor country singer Troy Gentry, a member of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash September 8.
The memorial at the Opry House was open to the public.
Gentry and the pilot of the helicopter died Friday in Medford, New Jersey, after the pilot reported engine problems shortly after takeoff.
Hundreds of Kentuckians and fellow country music stars made the trip to Nashville to honor the Lexington native. The memorial took Gentry's family, friends, and fans inside his life beyond his hit songs and life on stage.
Laughter was shared along with many tears as people remembered the love he had for his family, music, adventure, and Batman. A Batman light was on display throughout the service to represent his love of his favorite super hero.
Gentry and duo partner Eddie Montgomery were inducted into the Opry in 2009 after a string of No. 1 hits on the country charts and platinum albums with their mixture of Southern rock and country. They earned the Country Music Association's vocal duo of the year in 2000 and were inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2015.