Funeral held for Mel Tillis in Clarksville

FILE - This Oct. 27, 2013 file photo shows country singer Mel Tillis arriving at the ceremony for the 2013 inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend. According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a “routine heart procedure,” but is expected to make a full recovery. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Funeral services were held for country music legend Mel Tillis Monday afternoon in Clarksville.

The 85-year-old died last week. He had battled intestinal issues since early 2016.

Tillis’ funeral was held at the Mt. Herman Baptist Church. He was buried in a private service with family immediately afterward.

A public memorial will be held for Tillis in January. Information on the memorial has not yet been released.

During his career, Till wrote more than 1,000 songs, 600 of which were recorded by major artists, including Kenny Rogers, George Strait and Ricky Skaggs.

He also received the “National Medal of Arts” in 2012 by President Barack Obama.

Tillis is survived by his six children.