Jim Ed Brown Remembered for Faith, Friendships at Public Funeral

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Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen,William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys attend the Funeral of Jim Ed Brown at the Ryman Auditorium on June 15, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Longtime Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown was remembered Monday for his faith and friendships at a music-filled memorial service in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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Brown was known for his 1959 No. 1 hit "The Three Bells," recorded with his sisters as part of the trio The Browns. He later had solo hits with "Pop-A-Top," ''Morning" and "Southern Loving."

At the memorial, singer Brenda Lee called Brown and his sisters "true pioneering legends." She said they were her "road family" early in her career and looked out for her.

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Performers at the service included The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle and Lady Antebellum.

Brown was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year and inducted in a special ceremony in his hospital room two weeks ago. He died Thursday after a battle with cancer.


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