Pam Tillis and her family said goodbye to their patriarch, Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis, with a service at the Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church in Silver Springs, Florida, on Nov. 25.
According to the “Ocala Star Banner,” Pam spoke at the service, thanking their church pastor for playing a role in her father’s spiritual growth. She also thanked the nurses who cared for him before he passed away on Nov. 19 after facing a respiratory and intestinal illness.
Pam went on to remember her father’s love for the Florida Gators, fishing and the author Mark Twain.
There were a few tributes in song at the service, including a performance from Mel’s cousin, Tommy Tillis. Mel’s former pastor, Jimmy Snell, remembered the country star as “a down-to-earth, wonderful person.”
Mel Tillis was known as an all-around entertainer thanks to his string of hit country songs, his songwriting success and his comedy chops centering around his stutter. He was honored with the CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy in 1976 and was later awarded the National Medal of the Arts.
Mel will be laid to rest in Tennessee following a second funeral service in Clarksville, Tennessee. A public memorial in Nashville is planned for January with the family announcing details soon.