It is a sad day when a Country star passes. I have been playing their music for over 50 years. And, in the case of Ray Price I was a big fan beforehand. The unique style of the shuffle beat he created was very popular in Texas, mine and Ray's home state. It still is!

His friends and fans will gather tomorrow at a memorial service to honor his legacy.

Ray's beautiful wife, Janie, issued the most poignant Facebook page message this week. She wrote about her husband’s final moments. "He passed away so gently, so sweetly, so effortlessly," she says. "He just went to sleep. Absolutely no pain of any kind."

“Ray was my entire life," she continues. "Today I am alone and have never known such loneliness. I have lost my Soul Mate of 45 years."

The memorial will be held at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas at 1PM on Dec. 21. The church's pastor stresses that it's not a funeral, rather a chance for those who were moved by Price's music or his spirit to honor the 87-year-old.

Price died on Monday (Dec. 16) after four days in home hospice care. He’d been battling pancreatic cancer for over two years.

Ray Price’s hometown will be the first to celebrate his life. Three eulogists are scheduled to speak about the ‘Crazy Arms’ singer. There will also be instrumental music and a few songs played to honor him.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be determined.

You can read much more about the Hall of Famer here.

Thanks to Taste of Country for some of the information in this article.