May 30, 2015 3:40 PM by News Staff
INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) - Hundreds of people are filling a church in the Mississippi Delta for the funeral of B.B. King, who rose from sharecropper in the area's flat cotton fields to worldwide fame as a blues singer and guitarist who influenced generations of entertainers.
King was 89 when he died May 14 in Las Vegas. At his request, his body was returned to his native Mississippi for a final homecoming.
On a rainy Saturday, about 500 people filled the sanctuary of Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church. More than 200 people who couldn't get into the sanctuary watched a live broadcast of the funeral in the church's fellowship hall.
At the beginning of the service, family members filed past King's open casket.
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