Blues icon B.B. King will be celebrated Saturday. According to the musician’s youngest daughter, Claudette, King’s funeral will take place May 23 in Las Vegas. King shared the information on her Facebook page:
“Thank you everyone for your well wishes. My dad’s service is next Saturday, May 23rd in Las Vegas. Lying in state Friday, May 22, 2015. More later,” she posted.
Dion Brown, executive director of the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Miss., confirmed to The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger that there will be a public viewing of King from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Palm Mortuary West in Las Vegas. A private memorial service for family and close friends is planned for 9:30-10:50 a.m., Brown says, with a memorial service officiated by Pam Mason set for 11 a.m.
King’s attorney, Arthur Williams Jr., told the Associated Press Friday that the musician wanted his funeral to be held in Indianola, in a church near the site where he picked cotton as a boy. Brown says King’s funeral service and burial will be in Indianola a week after the memorial service, but details are still pending.
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