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It was a day of mourning in country music as the late Tammy Wynette was laid to rest at a funeral service in Nashville. Tammy had died April 6 of a blood clot in her lungs.

A who's who of stars - including Dolly Parton, Randy Travis and the Oak Ridge Boys - jammed the Ryman Auditorium for the memorial service telecast on CNN to fans around the world. Hours before the service began, mourners lined the block near the Ryman to pay their respects to the legend known as "The First Lady of Country Music."

The service was packed with emotional moments. Tammy's husband, George Richey, broke down as he delivered a loving speech in her memory.

Dolly, who dedicated her performance of "Shine On" to Tammy, told the crowd, "She'll always be dear to me. She'll always live in our memories. God certainly gave Tammy a great gift. Tammy shined then, she's shining now and she'll shine forevermore."

Wynonna Judd recalled Tammy's kindness. "When I met her, I felt so in awe of her, yet she gave me the time of day," said a tearful Wynonna. "She paved the way for me."

Tammy's close friend Loretta Lynn had also been scheduled to speak, but was too distraught to attend.

Backed by Tammy's band, Lorrie Morgan closed the service with a rendition of Tammy's most famous song, "Stand by Your Man," one of 20 No. 1 hits Tammy recorded during her incredible career. After the service, Tammy was buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville.