HOUSTON, Texas (AP) – The Houston funeral for George H.W. Bush will feature music from some of the former president’s favorite country music stars.
The Oak Ridge Boys will perform “Amazing Grace” and Reba McEntire will sing “The Lord’s Prayer” at Thursday’s services at Houston’s St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys says Bush had personally requested that the group sing “Amazing Grace” at his funeral. Allen tells The Tennessean newspaper the band did an impromptu performance for Bush at the White House when Bush was vice president and that began a decades-long friendship.
Allen says the band is honored to keep its promise to Bush to perform at his funeral.
Bush died last week in Houston at age 94. A national funeral service for Bush was held Wednesday in Washington.
More than 11,000 people paid their respects to George H.W. Bush as the 41st president lay in repose all night at a Houston church where his family worshipped.