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B.B. King funeral arrangements released

The King of the Blues will get one last time on Beale Street.

After a memorial service Saturday in Las Vegas, the remains of B.B. King will arrive in Memphis about noon on May 27, where a procession at Beale Street’s Handy Park will take place.

On May 29, a public viewing will take place at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On May 30, funeral services will take place at the Bell Grove M.B. Church in Indianola from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., a procession will be led from the church to the museum, and there will be a 5 p.m. private graveside service for family and friends.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement he is glad to see King buried in his homeland of Mississippi. “First and foremost, he is one of our state’s most beloved native sons.”

Dion Brown, executive director of the museum, said, “We feel comfortable knowing his final resting place will receive perpetual care at the museum.”

King had wanted the Rev. David Matthews to conduct the service, but he died more than a month ago, Brown said. “Everyone involved is trying their hardest to fulfill the remainder of his wishes.”

Bryant said that he, along with millions of other fans, “feel a connection to this gentleman who left the earth a better place with his kindness. On a personal level, my mother was born in Berclair one year after B.B., and I grew up in Moorhead just down the road. I can’t help but feel a certain kinship over our shared geographical roots in the Delta soil.”

King performed more than 18,000 times around the world in a career spanning six decades.

“Mississippi couldn’t have asked for a better ambassador for our state,” Bryant said. “When everyone from every corner of the globe knows an individual by two initials and knows the state they’re from, that’s pretty impressive, and we’re humbled that it’s our state.”

In lieu of flowers, museum officials said a donation can be made to the museum.

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