Grand Ole Opry to host celebration of life for Troy Gentry

Troy Gentry of the country band Montgomery Gentry

A celebration of Troy Gentry's life is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

The service will be open to the public.

Gentry, a member of the Grand Ole Opry and one half of country duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed Friday in a helicopter crash in Medford, N.J. He was 50.

Montgomery Gentry had hits including "Hillbilly Shoes," "Something to Be Proud Of" and "Gone."

The group, which included Gentry and Eddie Montgomery, planned to release a new album in 2018 to mark their 20th anniversary as a duo.

Gentry is survived by his wife, Angie Gentry and daughters Taylor and Kaylee. A private, family internment will follow the public service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to T.J. Martell Foundation or The American Red Cross for hurricane relief.

For those who can't attend the ceremony, a live stream of the service will be available at