Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley will be laid to rest Tuesday evening (6-28), and a public service has been announced that fans are encouraged to attend. But if you cannot make it, the funeral service will also be streamed online.
The service will be held at the Hills of Home Park in Coeburn, VA where Ralph Stanley’s annual music festival has been held since 1970, at 4235 Carter Stanley Hwy, named after Ralph’s brother and original singing partner who passed away in 1966. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to the funeral and arrive by 5:00 p.m. Eastern for visitation. The service is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will be conducted by Frank Newsome and Eva Murphy. VFW Post 8979 will conduct a VFW graveside service with entombment to follow.
The pallbearers for the service will be Nathan Stanley, Bryan Marshall, Walter Carlton, Evan Stout, Jason Armes, Ralph Stanley II, and Ralph Stanley III. Honorary pallbearers include country stars Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, Jim Lauderdale, Dewey Brown, Ralph Murphy, Bobby Hammons, and other members of Ralph Stanley’s famous Clinch Mountain Boys backing band.
The funeral will be broadcast in its entirety by WYMT.com.
Ralph Stanley began his career in 1946 with his older brother Carter, touring and recording as the Stanley Brothers before Carter’s death in 1966. Over the next 50 years, Ralph Stanley mentored the likes of Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley, his backing band the Clinch Mountain Boys was one of the most vital and prolific proving grounds for world-class bluegrass musicians, he won three Grammy Awards, was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, and was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.
Ralph Stanley passed away on Thursday evening (6-23) due to complications with skin Cancer. He was 89-years-old.