Jerry Lee Lewis funeral details announced by family
The funeral of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis will be held on Saturday, his family announced.
The ceremony will take place in the American musician’s hometown of Ferriday, Louisiana, and will be presided over by his cousin, the Reverend Jimmy Swaggart.
Lewis, who was as known for his controversial private life as his music, died Friday at the age of 87.
Known for hits such as Great Balls Of Fire and Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On, he was one of the last survivors of a generation of groundbreaking artists that included Elvis Presley and Little Richard.
In a statement on Monday, the Lewis family said there would be two memorial services that the public could attend.
One will be Thursday, November 3 at the Hernando Funeral Home in Mississippi, with a second Saturday at Ferriday.
The funeral will be broadcast live for those unable to attend, with details yet to be announced.
A private burial will be held after the service, along with a celebration of the musician’s life at the Arcade Theater in Ferriday.
Lewis, nicknamed “The Killer,” died at his home in Desoto County, Mississippi, south of Memphis, with his wife Judith by his side, his publicist said Friday.
After his death, global stars such as Sir Elton John, Ronnie Wood and Sir Ringo Starr paid tribute to his “pioneering inspiration” in the world of music.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said his hit songs “set the foundation for the sound and spirit of youth culture”, and praised his “rock and roll arrogance”.
Lewis was part of the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 1986 and was inducted alongside other groundbreaking artists including Chuck Berry, James Brown, Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Presley.
His death was falsely reported on Thursday before a representative for Lewis confirmed he was still alive.
Lewis is survived by his seventh wife, Judith Coghlan Lewis, his children Jerry Lee Lewis III, Ronnie Lewis, Phoebe Lewis and Lori Lancaster.