Skeeter Davis Memorial Services Held at Ryman

Skeeter Davis was remembered as a pioneering female artist at her funeral service held Wednesday (Sept. 22) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. WSM-AM radio disc jockey Eddie Stubbs, who hosted the service, said she was a longtime world ambassador for country music. The 72-year-old singer died in Nashville on Sunday (Sept. 19) after a long battle with cancer. In the service, spoken tributes alternated with musical remembrances. In keeping with Davis’ musical taste, said Stubbs, all the music at the service was acoustic. Vince Gill sang “Drifting Too Far From the Shore,” and he was joined in “Amazing Grace” by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, the Whites and a number of “Ladies of the Grand Ole Opry” — including Jeanne Pruett, Martina McBride, Connie Smith, Jan Howard, Jeannie Seely, Jean Shepherd and Carol Lee Cooper. Vincent performed “Rise and Follow Me” and “The Last Best Place.” Gill and Skaggs were joined by Amy Grant in “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” Country artists attending included Bobby Bare, Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Donnie Fritts, Dickey Lee, Jack Greene, Billy Walker, Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens, Charlie Louvin and George Hamilton IV.