LIVEBLOG: Little Richard’s celebration of life in Huntsville


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Rock legend Little Richard will be laid to rest Wednesday in Huntsville at Oakwood University.

The musician will be buried in a private graveside service at Oakwood University Memorial Gardens. Only family and invited friends will be allowed to attend the service.

Richard Penniman died May 9 at his brother’s home in Tullahoma, Tenn., of bone cancer. He was 87.

Penniman was born in Georgia and studied theology at Oakwood University. He recorded his album “The Rill Thing,” in Muscle Shoals.


WHNT News 19 got the chance to meet with old friends, family, and even his old band mates before the burial.

Ruthie Kibble, a close friend, took a few moments to talk about her greatest memory of Little Richard.

His band mates had very fond memories to share of the rock legend.

“He lit up the room.” 

“He was an uncle to everybody.”

“Little Richard didn’t want no tears or crying,” say the band mates.

The band mates were able to bond and laugh about Richard’s best moments as a man, servant and icon.

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