Funeral arrangements have been announced for Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown, who passed away on Thursday (June 11).

A public memorial for Brown will held on Monday (June 15) at 10AM at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; doors will open at 9:30AM. The interment, also open to the public, will be held immediately following the service, at Woodlawn Cemetery (600 Thompson Ln., Nashville). A private visitation for family and close friends is being held over the weekend.

Brown died after a courageous battle with lung cancer. The 81-year-old announced his diagnosis last fall, and although he was declared cancer-free in April, by June, the cancer had returned.

“If there’s anything I can say to my fans at all — I’ve got a stack of get well cards at least a foot high here," Brown told The Boot earlier this year. "... I’ve got an awful lot of prayer warriors out there, and I know that God has got to be listening to them because He sure is helping me get through this, and if there was any way that I could thank them all, golly, I would, but I don’t know how to do that. Just let them know that I still love them.”

Brown's latest album, In Style Again, was released on Jan. 20.

"I hope that everybody is interested in the album and that they’ll hear the songs and they’ll love the songs and they’ll want to buy the album because that’s the reason we do that," Brown said. "It costs a lot of money to produce an album … but other than that, it’s just a great thrill for me to have the opportunity to record and get some songs out there that the radio stations can play and that people can listen to."

Brown is survived by his wife Becky, two children and five grandchildren. The Boot extends our deepest condolences to his family.

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