Funeral planned for banjo legend Earl Scruggs

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Earl Scruggs in July 2010 (AP Photo/Josh Anderson/file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The funeral for legendary bluegrass banjo artist Earl Scruggs takes place Sunday in Nashville.

Scruggs was 88 when he died of natural causes Wednesday morning.

An obituary posted by the Spring Hill Funeral Home states the funeral will be conducted at Ryman Auditorium, from where the Grand Ole Opry was broadcast for many years. The service will begin at 2 p.m.

Visitation at the funeral home was scheduled for Friday and Saturday 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

The family has asked that donations go to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville or The Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, N.C.

Scruggs is noted for perfecting a three-finger banjo-picking style that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music.

Credit: The Associated Press.