Funeral arrangements have been set for Nashville’s beloved Americana music stalwart Billy Block. As previously reported, Block died Wednesday, March 11 at age 59.
The funeral will be held Monday, March 23 at the Ryman Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. Visitation will be held at Downtown Presbyterian Church (154 5th Ave. N.) on Sunday, March 22 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Burial and a graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery (1001 Lebanon Road).
All services are open to the public, though seating is limited.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Billy Block Fund. The fund was created in 2013 to aid the Block family after Billy Block’s diagnosis. The fund will not only aid in providing for the family during this time, but will aid others by way of contributions to MusiCares, the Opry Trust Fund, Music Health Alliance, and Meals 2 Heal.
Donations can be made via PayPal using the email address [email protected], or by check, payable to the Billy Block Family Fund and mailed to Wells Fargo Private Bank, attention Bradley Gallimore, 3100 West End Ave., One American Center, Ste. 530, Nashville, TN 37203.
Best known as the creator and host of the weekly “Billy Block Show”/”Western Beat Barn Dance” in Nashville, Block’s career included time as a promoter, a songwriter, a record producer, an artist manager, a session drummer, a record-label entrepreneur, a bandleader, a recording artist, a music journalist and more.
An online guestbook is available for fans and friends at crawfordservices.com. Crawford Mortuary & Crematory can be reached at 615-254-8200.
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