The singer was tragically killed in a helicopter crash on Sept 8th

The funeral service for Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry has been released by the duo’s record label, Average Joe’s Entertainment. The public funeral is set for Thursday, September 14th at 11 am CT at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. A private, family internment will follow. Those unable to attend can view a live stream of the service at the Opry’s website.

Gentry died Friday, September 8th in a helicopter crash in Medford, NJ. The 50-year-old singer passed — along with pilot James Evan Robinson — after the chopper they were in experienced “mechanical issues” shortly after take off. Instead of making a potential hard landing, Robinson decided to hover dangerously above a wooded area until emergency crews arrived. Unfortunately, the chopper crashed shortly before the fire department arrived to foam the wooded area to prevent a fire. Officials tell People that the chopper ride was an “impromptu, spur of the moment” ride and a full factual report will be released publicly next week.

Gentry was born April 5, 1967 in Lexington, KY. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Patricia Gentry, and his brother, Keith Gentry. A loving father and devoted husband, Gentry is survived by his wife, Angie Gentry (nee McClure), as well as his daughters, Taylor and Kaylee. He was a graduate of Lexington Community College, and he attended the University of Kentucky.

Gentry was best known as a member of the award-winning country duo Montgomery Gentry, along with his longtime friend Eddie Montgomery, who was not on board the chopper. The pair began performing together in their home state of Kentucky and released their debut album, Tattoos & Scars, in 1999. The duo, whose trademark sound combined Southern rock and country, scored a string of No. 1 hits, including “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.” They achieved platinum certification on three of their albums and gold certification on three others.

In 2009 the duo became members of the venerable Grand Ole Opry, which was Gentry’s proudest professional achievement. The band was planning to release an album of new music in 2018 to mark their 20th anniversary as a duo.

Gentry was a generous man who supported numerous charitable organizations, including Make-a-Wish Foundation and TJ Martell Foundation, as well as military-related charities such as the USO. He was an active supporter of breast cancer awareness and research. Montgomery Gentry was honored with the Academy of Country Music’s Humanitarian Award in 2009.

Known for his wide smile, Gentry was personally driven by faith, family and living life to the fullest. He was happiest on the water with his family. He enjoyed both wake boarding and snow skiing. Gentry was also an active supporter of various athletic teams at his daughter Kaylee’s school.

A follower of Christ, Gentry faithfully attended Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN, when he was not on the road. One of his favorite Bible verses was Deuteronomy 31:6, which says, “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”

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