On May 27, family, friends and guests will gather at the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theater in Branson, Mo. for a special tribute to country music legend Mickey Gilley, who died May 9 at the age of 86. .
Seating for the ‘Celebration of Life’ memorial service will be reserved for those closest to the Gilley family with a limited number of seats available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The live stream of “The Celebration of Life” will also be available with more details to come on the official website. Mickey Gilley’s Facebook page.
Later this summer, a public memorial for Gilley is also planned in Pasadena, Texas, with a private service in Ferriday, Louisiana, in addition to a public tribute in Nashville during the summer with more details to follow.
Born March 9, 1936, Gilley’s career began in the 1950s playing bars and clubs and gaining traction in Pasadena with his minor hit “Now I Can Live Again.” Gilley later became known for hits like “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time” and “Room Full of Roses,” and often worked alongside his cousin Jerry Lee Lewis, whom he grew up with in Mississippi.
Jerry Lee Lewis recently curated a collection of memorabilia from friends, musicians and more to honor his late cousin.
In lieu of flowers, the Gilley family is asking for donations to be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary HERE or an animal shelter of choice.
Photos: Courtesy of Mickey Gilley Enterprisare