NASHVILLE, Tenn. (LEX 18) - If there were a theme that ran through Troy Gentry's funeral, it was love. A family friend even said that the two most important pieces that Troy took from his Chrisitan faith was "Love God. Love others."
That isn't to say Troy didn't have a wild side. Musicians laughed about hilarious stories involving pranks and bull-riding in bars. All this, said speakers, was that Troy saw the world in childlike wonder and sought adventure wherever he could find it.
Gentry was one-half of the duo of the Kentucky-based group Montgomery Gentry and was killed during a helicopter ride in New Jersey.
Officials say a distress call was made and Medford police say that initial reports show the helicopter was going to attempt to crash land. Emergency crews arrived at the airport and Medford police say that shortly after their arrival, the helicopter crashed.
Speakers struggled through tears to recount the amusing stories of a talented musician who loved his family and Batman.
You read the last one correctly. A bat signal and full Batman costume were placed next to his coffin.
Performers that Gentry respected performed songs that he loved. The most of emotional of which was Vince Gill who sang a love song that Troy had serenaded his wife with.
Gill, visibly moved, joked through tears, "I'm just glad to not have to sing 'Go Rest High On the Mountain.'"
Troy will be laid to rest in Tennesse in a private graveside ceremony.
Thursday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray released a statement on Twitter about Gentry's passing.
Troy Gentry was always proud of his hometown region, & we were just as proud of him. His music will live on, but he will be greatly missed.— Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) September 14, 2017
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