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Music Legend Cash Mourned at Private Funeral

September 16, 2003 - Posted at: 7:55 a.m. CDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tn. -- Arkansas native Johnny Cash was remembered at a private funeral as a man who kept his dignity and who cared for the downtrodden. 

The private service yesterday was held at the same church where Cash mourned his wife, June Carter Cash, after her death in May.  A public memorial will be held at a date to be announced.

The 71-year-old Cash died Friday of respiratory failure caused by complications from diabetes.

Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas (At the age of three, he moved with his family to Dyess Colony in Mississippi County, where they took up cotton farming).

More than 1,000 mourners yesterday listened to tributes from Roseanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, preacher Franklin Graham, former Vice President Al Gore, and other family members and friends.

Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow performed two songs, "The Old Rugged Cross" and Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand."

Kristofferson called Cash "Abraham Lincoln with a wild side."  That was an allusion to the singer's dual reputations as a champion of the poor, prisoners, and other underdogs, and decades-long battle with drug addiction.

Famous and not-so-famous members of the Cash and Carter clans wept, with Cash's body set in a black coffin at the front of the church.

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