Legendary Southern rocker Gregg Allman was laid to rest Saturday near his older brother Duane in the same Georgia cemetery where they used to write songs among the tombstones, not far from US Highway 41, the AP reports. Thousands of fans lined the streets of Macon to honor the "Ramblin Man," who was carried into Rose Hill Cemetery as a bagpiper played a somber tune. Family and friends, including musicians who played in The Allman Brothers Band over the years, gathered on a hillside overlooking his grave, which is shaded by huge oak trees. Many shared memories of concerts, and some blared the band's songs from their cars and trucks. One carried a sign saying "You made our soul shine. We'll miss you brother Gregg."
The funeral service was private, with room for only about 100 people inside the small chapel. Mourners, including Allman's ex-wife Cher, filed into the peach-colored building as five black stretch limousines waited outside for the short trip to the cemetery. Allman, who blazed a trail for many Southern rock groups, died May 27 at the age of 69 at his home near Savannah, Georgia, said Michael Lehman, the rock star's manager. He blamed liver cancer. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Allman was raised in Florida by a single mother. Allman idolized his older brother, Duane, eventually joining a series of bands with him. Together they formed the heart of The Allman Brothers Band before Duane died in a motorcycle crash in 1971, just as they were reaching stardom.