Hank Thompson’s “Celebration of Life”

Country legend Hank Thompson, who died Nov. 6 at age 82, was honored with a star-packed “Celebration of Life” Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Billy Bob’s Texas club in Waco, Texas.

The celebration, which kicked off at 2 p.m., was hosted by DJ Tracy Pitcox and featured Hank’s famed backing band the Brazos Valley Boys, Noel Haggard and more, including special guest Mel Tillis, reports Pam Minick of Billy Bob’s Texas. Several of Hank’s rhinestone studded suits were displayed on mannequins on the stage alongside large vintage photos of Hank. A video loop played during the entire celebration. Noel, the son of Merle Haggard, performed “Little Red Wagon,” then commented on his father’s relationship with Hank. The Brazos Valley Boys played “Oklahoma Hills” and “Who Left the Door to Heaven Open.” Hank’s widow Ann noted that the celebration was exactly what he would have wanted.

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