Memorial Service Announced for Ray Price
A memorial service for Ray Price has been announced. The legendary country singer will be remembered at a service in the small Texas town where he lived.
According to the Associated Press, Price's memorial service is slated to take place at 1PM on Saturday (Dec. 21) at First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, Texas, about 110 miles northeast of Dallas.
Despite Price's enormous success -- which included hits like 'For the Good Times,' 'City Lights,' 'Release Me' and 'Crazy Arms,' as well as helping to discover and nurture talents like Willie Nelson, Roger Miller and Johnny Paycheck -- he and his wife of 45 years, Janie, chose to make their home just outside the tiny town, where they owned a ranch. She told the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune that they enjoyed the quality of life in "the small, quiet setting of this town."
Price made the decision to leave the hospital and return home to the ranch on Dec. 12, after Janie announced that the cancer he had battled for two years had spread to his liver, intestines and lungs. He passed away at home on Monday (Dec. 16).
"I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them,” he said in a final statement. “I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”