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April 16

Troy Gentry, His Memory, and His Final Opry Performance

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There will never be another pair like Montgomery Gentry. The world was at a complete loss when they learned of Troy Gentry tragically passing last year. On July 1st, 2017, these two country music icons brought their hard-rocking Southern vibe to the Opry for a memorable performance of their massive hit, “Where I Come From.” Little did they know that this would be their final performance together at the Grand Ole Opry.

Troy Gentry

Troy Gentry, Remembered Forever

Troy Gentry did live a fruitful life. He was just 50 years old when he tragically died on September 8, 2017, in a helicopter crash. He was on his way to meet his partner Eddie Montgomery, for an evening concert in Medford. What do we know of Troy’s life?

Troy Gentry was part of a trio in 1990 before forming the duo Montgomery Gentry.

Troy, Eddie, and Eddie’s cousin John Michael Montgomery formed the trio Early Tymz. When John Michael decided to go solo, Eddie and Troy teamed up to create a duo they first called Deuce but altered the name eventually to Montgomery Gentry.

However, he originally wanted to go solo.

Troy briefly went on his own, too, when John Michael left the trio. While trying to pursue a solo career, he struggled to get a job, which is when he went back to Eddie Montgomery to form Montgomery Gentry.

Troy was an avid hunter until he got into trouble with the law for unlawfully hunting a bear.

Remember when Troy took to social media to apologize for killing a bear? In 2004, Troy bought a black bear named “Cubby” from the Minnesota Wildlife Connection. He shot the bear from inside an electrified enclosure. In November 2006, Troy pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $15,000 fine, give up hunting and fishing in Minnesota for 5 years. He was also forced to give up the stuffed bear and bow he used to kill it.

He was happily married and had two daughters.

Troy married Angie McClure in late 1999. They have one daughter together named Kaylee, born in November 2002. He also had another daughter, Taylor, from a previous marriage.

His Final Opry Performance

With Gentry on guitar and sharing vocals with Eddie Montgomery, the country duo put on a great show, clearly relishing every moment. This video is a perfect reminder of their great spirit and loyalty to the world of country music.

Watch Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry bring the Opry audience to their feet in their final performance below, the last moment we ever saw Troy perform.


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