INDIANOLA, Miss.–Perhaps Mississippi’s greatest musical ambassador, blues icon BB King will be buried this weekend in his hometown of Indianola, at the BB King Museum. A public viewing will be held at the museum today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
King died May 15 from small strokes related to type II diabetes. He died peacefully in his sleep, said doctors who examined him.
A procession and tribute were held in Memphis Wednesday, where King worked as a DJ on WDIA radio and played local clubs on Beale St., before becoming world-famous in the 1950s.
His final funeral service will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bell Grove M.B. Church in Indianola. At 4 p.m. his body will be taken back to the museum. A private burial service for family only will happen at 5.
King was 89.