Beloved Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey's son tragically dies in a storm-related crash
Mark Bilbrey was the sole victim of a crash after intense storms hit Tennessee earlier this week. He was the son of country music radio and television personality Keith Bilbrey.
Mark, 39, was wearing a seatbelt when his red 2005 Subaru collided with a culvert. It then struck the concrete support columns of a highway overpass. His father Keith, 66, is devastated by the loss.
According to Classic Country, No one else was in the vehicle when police responded at about 12: 15 a.m. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the scene.
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Police say there were no drugs or alcohol involved in the single-car accident. The wreck took place in Davidson County on the right-hand side of the motorway.
Keith posted photos of his son on Facebook with a heartfelt caption mourning his loss:
"I have no words to explain the pain I am feeling today. My oldest son, Mark, was taken from this earth in a one-car accident during the height of the last night's storm. I ask for prayers for all of us during this time. He was a special person and a delightful son. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time."
Mark's tragic death came along with a brutal storm that brought lots of rainfall and serious flooding in many areas of Middle Tennessee.
The Oak Ridge Boys also expressed their grief and sent prayers to Keith in a Twitter post.
"Prayers for our long time friend radio and tv personality Keith Bilbrey whose 39 year old son lost his life last night in a car accident during the storm... no words brother..."
Please say a prayer for my friend Keith Bilbrey whose son Mark was killed in a car crash last night during the terrible storms that passed through TN. pic.twitter.com/45VgyBRj7Q— Scott Couch (@Scott_Couch) November 6, 2018
Keith worked with the Grand Ole Opry from 1974 to 2009. He now collaborates in country music programs such as "Music City Roots" and Larry's Country Diner." He is also the studio announcer for the Mike Huckabee show.
Another Opry story comes from the grandson of the legendary singer Elvis Presley. The son of Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley shocked fans due to his close resemblance to his grandfather.
25-year-old Benjamin Keough has been keeping out of the spotlight, except for events honoring the King of Rock and Roll.
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But even his mother commented about the similarities when the two were at the Opry one time.
"Everybody was grabbing him for a photo because it is just uncanny. Sometimes I am overwhelmed when I look at him."
Lisa Marie's other three children are girls. So Keough's features better reflect his grandfather. He has the chin, the blue eyes, and even the lopsided grin.
Fans will remember the legendary singer through him. Meanwhile, Nashville and country music fans, in general, continue to support Keith as he endures the pain of his loss.