Still reeling from the news of Troy Gentry's shocking and sudden passing, family and friends of the country star gathered at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville to honor the man they all loved so dearly. Since the tragic accident took place on September 8, those who knew the man and fans alike have been heartbroken over the loss.
Opening remarks came from host Storme Warren, who made sure to acknowledge that a unique man like Gentry deserved a unique memorial service. Though the service consisted of the usual beautiful flower arrangements, it was the unique projection of the bat signal on the walls as well as the life-sized bat suit on the stage that caught everyone's eye. Gentry was a huge fan of crime fighter, owning several versions of the bat suit, including the Christian Bale version that sat on the stage next to Gentry's coffin. "Do not cry because I am gone. Smile because I lived" Gentry's best friend Rafael Calderon began his speech. “And boy did he live. Much like Batman, today Troy is our silent guardian, our watchful protector, our angel in the sky. He will watch over all of us, but he will always be by the side of his beautiful Angie and his sweet daughters.“
It is clear to see the impact Gentry had on the country music community. In attendance were famous friends of the artist including Keith Urban, Josh Turner, Terri Clark, Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Owen, Michael Ray, Ira Dean, Ray Scott and more. A number of Gentry's artist friends performed on the Opry stage in honor of their loved one. Beginning with Little Big Town who performed a somber and melodic rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and continuing with performances from Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, Halfway 2 Hazard's David Tolliver and Chad Warrix. The country stars were able to share the stage with Gentry for one last time.
Gentry's family was sure to honor their loved one in a way he would appreciate. Gentry's personality shone through every aspect of his memorial service and he will be sorely missed.