Allman Bros. Family Displeased With Honor

The family of late Allman Brothers Band bassist Raymond Berry Oakley III is angry that a Macon, Ga., bridge will be named for him, saying the honor will only draw vandals and souvenir-seekers to his g

The family of late Allman Brothers Band bassist Raymond Berry Oakley III is angry that a Macon, Ga., bridge will be named for him, saying the honor will only draw vandals and souvenir-seekers to his grave. Oakley's family has written to Gov. Roy Barnes to protest the designation of a bridge over Interstate 75 that is near the graves of Oakley and Duane Allman, who died in separate motorcycle accidents in Macon in the 1970s. Candice Oakley, the late musician's sister, said visitors already hold vigils at the two adjacent graves, and that Oakley's name will be used to boost tourism in Macon. The state senator who introduced the resolution, Robert Brown (D-Macon) said he only intended to continue the Macon practice of naming sites after musicians native to Georgia, which has honored Otis Redding Jr., James Brown, and Little Richard Penniman, among others. "Causing any harm to the feelings of anyone was certainly not the intent," Brown said. The honor for Oakley will become official Saturday (March 24) during a ceremony at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon. Also Saturday, a downtown Macon street will be renamed Duane Allman Boulevard. Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.