SHELBY, N.C. -- Friends, family, and fans are remembering Earl Scruggs in his hometown.
A wreath was placed at the entrance of the soon to be open Earl Scruggs Center in downtown Shelby.
Scruggs died of natural causes Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee. The 88-year-old was born and raised in Cleveland County.
Scruggs is considered a Bluegrass icon. His songs have been featured on T.V. shows and his three-finger playing technique changed the way the banjo is played today.
Destination Cleveland County Chairman Brownie Plaster said Scruggs would regularly return to Cleveland County to meet with friends, family, and see his childhood home.
“Earl is a man of this soil, his music is of this region, this is the place that gave birth to this music, it is mill music,” said Plaster. “He picked cotton and worked at the mill, he was an innovator, and had a bright idea and like so many young men he took his dream on the road.”
Scruggs' funeral will be held Sunday at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, where the Grand Ole Opry was broadcast for many years.
The family has asked that donations go to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville or the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, which is expected to open later this year..
Center officials said they might organize a special memorial service in Cleveland County after Scruggs is laid to rest.