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Fans asked to line route to cemetery after Allman’s private Macon funeral service

Allman Brothers Band fan reacts to Gregg Allman's passing

Santa Fe, New Mexico, resident Denny O'Connor describes the mixed emotions he felt visiting the Allman Brothers museum after the passing of Gregg Allman.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, resident Denny O'Connor describes the mixed emotions he felt visiting the Allman Brothers museum after the passing of Gregg Allman.

A private funeral service for rock star Gregg Allman, who died over the weekend at 69, is being planned for Saturday in Macon.

The family-and-friends-only memorial for Allman is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Snow’s Memorial Chapel on Cherry Street.

Fans hoping to pay their respects are asked to line a route between the funeral home and Macon’s Rose Hill Cemetery on Riverside Drive, where Allman will, in a private service after the funeral, be buried next to his brother, Duane, and late bandmate Berry Oakley.

“The family is hoping to keep this between 75 and 100 people,” Allman’s longtime manager Michael Lehman said by phone Tuesday evening, adding that the attire, per Allman’s request, would likely be blue jeans and, at the very dressiest, sports coats.

“No suits,” Lehman said.

Allman, who died of liver cancer, had lived in the Savannah area in recent years, but it makes sense that his funeral and burial would be in Middle Georgia. The Allman Brothers Band made an international name for itself while recording at Capricorn Studios in Macon and the group’s ties to the city have served as a local claim to fame. Places where band members lived, ate and played their music have been tourist attractions since the 1970s.

Allman’s late brother Duane’s grave in Rose Hill is frequented by out-of-towners and locals alike. And now Gregg Allman’s will likely be a well-visited place as well.

“It’s a sad time, and we all feel blessed that we had Gregg as as long as we did,” Lehman said, “and that he imparted the beautiful music on the world that he did.”

Joe Kovac Jr.: 478-744-4397, @joekovacjr

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