Porter Wagoner's funeral set for Thursday
Monday, October 29, 2007
– The funeral of Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner will be held Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.
Wagoner, 80, died of lung cancer Sunday night after being diagnosed only several weeks earlier.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. Internment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery following the funeral.
Contributions can be made to the Alive Hospice or the Opry Trust Fund.
The visitation and funeral are open to the public.
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