Beloved bassist and Meridian native, Chris Ethridge, who lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer back in April, will soon have a new memorial at his grave site in Magnolia Cemetery. The interactive memorial will allow you to explore the life and musical career of Ethridge. Magnolia Cemetery Owner, Bill Arlinghaus, is excited about the new addition.
"We want to be able to celebrate and preserve the wonderful musical heritage we have here in Mississippi and in Meridian, and we want to be able to have a unique monument where Chris can be remembered in fantastic fashion."
The memorial will be the first of its kind at the cemetery, and will allow anyone with a smart phone to to see and hear Chris perform.
"We'll be able to hopefully scan with a smart hone, and up will pop on your smart phone his greatest hits such as "She", "Hot Burrito #1," "Hot Burrito #2." It's whatever the family wants, but we're giving them some ideas."
As soon as the family decides the perfect way they want to honor Chris's legacy, work will immediately begin.
"It's still in the design process, so we don't have a specific timetable, but it could happen in as few as a few months, or it could happen sometime over the next year."
The Temple Theater will present Chris's mom with a plaque and $500 check to go towards the cost of the memorial tomorrow night before the start of the Mississippi Jamboree.