NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Funeral arrangements have been made for legendary Country singer Jim Ed Brown, who passed away this week after a battle with cancer.
A funeral has been set for 10 a.m. Monday, at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville with doors set to open at 9:30 a.m. The Oak Ridge Boys will perfom. Immediately after the service, an internment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Both are open to the public.
Brown died Thursday at the age of 81. In 2014, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, but had been declared cancer-free this year.
On June 3, his daughter announced via his Facebook page that his cancer had returned, although not in his lungs.
He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and was recently announced as one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Brown began his career performing alongside his sisters, Maxine and Bonnie, as a trio known as The Browns. In 1959, they scored a huge hit with the song, “The Three Bells.”
This fall, he, Maxine and Bonnie are to be inducted as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame along with Grady Martin and the Oak Ridge Boys. All three siblings were present for the announcement ceremony in March.
Brown celebrated his 50th anniversary as an Opry Member in 2013.
He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Becky, and their two children.