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Friends, family and fans gathered at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville in Tennessee to remember June Carter Cash, who died due to complications from heart surgery last week at the age of 73.
"My daddy has lost his dearest companion Ã¢ÂÂ¦ and his soul mate," said Rosanne Cash at the memorial. "If being a wife were a corporation, June would have been a CEO. It was her most treasured role."
Johnny Cash, brought into the church in a wheelchair, did not speak at the service. He bent over the light blue coffin, quietly paying his last respects.
The 2,000-person church was filled to capacity. Celebrities attending the service included Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and the Oak Ridge Boys. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers performed the gospel music played at the memorial.
During an open forum where fans and friends alike were invited to speak, one fan described the music June made as "almost a religious experience for me."