Grand Ole Opry House site of Porter Wagoner’s funeral

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

It's only fitting that Porter Wagoner's funeral is going to be at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville this Thursday.

Wagoner celebrated his 50th year as an Opry member in May. The 80-year-old performer known for his trademark rhinestone suits and songs of despair died of lung cancer Sunday night.

Dolly Parton says she sang and prayed with Wagoner during his last hours. Parton was Wagoner's former duet partner.

She said in a statement that she was able to say goodbye to him properly.

Wagoner's death came only after a remarkable late-career revival that won him a new generation of fans.

In May, after years without a recording contract, he signed with ANTI- records. That's an eclectic Los Angeles label best known for alt-rock. Wagoner's final album, "Wagonmaster," was released in June and earned him some of the best reviews of his career.

He entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.

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