NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Hundreds gathered at a memorial service on Tuesday morning to rally around Nashville, Tennessee, Mayor Megan Barry and her husband, who lost their only son over the weekend.
Max Barry, 22, died from an apparent drug overdose in Jefferson County on Saturday.
His memorial service was held at the Belcourt Theatre in Hillsboro Village. The Barry family said it was a special place to them and was one of the places where their son spent a lot of time, making it the obvious location to celebrate his life.
Hundreds of people packed the auditorium. In the front row, the mayor and her husband listened as several people spoke about their son and what he meant to them.
Max Barry’s former Little League coach described him as someone who was always smiling, loved his family and friends and was always wearing tie-dye T-shirts.
Several of his friends also spoke at the service, including his best friend, musician John Prine.
Prine choked up, talking about his friend’s love for the outdoors and music. Prine said he feels like he lost a part of himself over this past weekend.
“Whatever I’ve lost from losing Max, I will gain back with him by my side. Although in the physical plane, I may no longer have my brother next to me, but I have gained one of the most special things that I will have as long as I breathe. I’ve gained a guardian,” Prine said.
Bruce Barry surprised everyone when he got up to speak during the service.
He put on a baseball cap, which he said his son loved, and spoke about how important it was that he and his wife were open about the circumstances surrounding their son’s death.
“The point I really want to make here is that the circumstances last Saturday in Denver tell the story of his death and not the story of his life,” he said.
On Monday, friends and family gathered for a an emotional vigil at the Blair School of Music.