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Lee Brice Pays Tribute to U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert

Lee Brice Pays Tribute to U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert
Full Military Honors Funeral Service Today at Arlington National Cemetery

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(Arlington, VA) December 20, 2016 — The full military honors funeral service for U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert was held yesterday at 1:00 PM/ET at Arlington National Cemetery. Family friend Lee Brice paid tribute to Troy by delivering a moving version of “Go Rest High On That Mountain” during the private chapel service held in the Old Post Chapel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, attended by Troy’s mother and father, Kaye and retired Senior Master Sgt. Ron Gilbert; sister, Rhonda Jimmerson; wife, Ginger Gilbert Ravella; sons, Boston and Greyson; and daughters, Isabella, Aspen and Annalise.

Lee Brice first met Ginger Gilbert Ravella and her family at a Folds of Honor event in 2015. 

“Lee and I connected over his song ‘I Drive Your Truck’ and I told him how much we, as fallen families, cling to pieces left of those we love,” says Ginger.  

“Troy sold his old beloved truck for a new one about a month before he found out he was deploying. Things were starting to break on his old one, and he needed a reliable ride. Just a week before he took off for Iraq, he said ‘I think we need to sell my new truck. We really can’t afford to make payments while I am gone.’ So we sold it and he left. Years later when Lee’s song came out, it wasn’t the new truck I wished we still had. It was the old one; the one that belonged to Troy’s Dad first, the one Troy drove for years, the one I knew (my sons) Boston and Greyson would get a kick out of.”

“Singing at Troy’s funeral was a moment I’ll never forget.” Says Lee. “I’m grateful for Troy’s sacrifice and I admire Ginger and her family for their sacrifice, also. I can’t imagine what they went through and I’m honored to have been a part of this special moment with this incredibly strong family,” says Lee.

Maj. Troy Gilbert was killed when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 27, 2006, while engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations. Gilbert, who was posthumously awarded
the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor, deployed in September 2006 from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to the 332nd
Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq. He was assigned as the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group chief
of standardization and evaluation. On the day of the accident, he was flying with the 524th Expeditionary
Fighter Squadron.

About Lee Brice:
With his latest album, ‘I Don’t Dance,’ (9.14) Lee has scored two Billboard Country #1 smashes. “I Don’t Dance” and “Drinking Class,” with “That Don’t Sound Like You” earning a Top 10 chart position. As “one of the finest singer-songwriters country music has to offer” (USA Today), Lee has written songs
for artists including Garth Brooks' “More Than a Memory,” Tim McGraw's “Still,” the Eli Young Band's “Crazy Girl.”  

Lee Brice released his debut album, ‘Love Like Crazy,’ in 2009. The title track reached #3 on the Billboard Country chart and set a record as the longest-charting song in that chart’s history.  In 2012, he topped his own success with ‘Hard 2 Love,’ an album that went Gold and featured three #1 Country singles, including “I Drive Your Truck,” which won Song of the Year at both the CMA and ACM Awards.  The record earned raves everywhere from NPR to Country Weekly and found the New York Times hailing him as “a sensitive macho man,” a compliment that perfectly encapsulates both sides of Brice’s persona. ‘Hard 2 Love’ also garnered Lee his late-night debut with a stirring performance of “I Drive Your Truck” on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”  

Brice took it a step further on his latest album, ‘I Don’t Dance’ (9.14), relishing the role of producer with a flair for experimentation, resulting in the album’s title track hitting #1 at radio the week the album came out.  Lee can currently be heard alongside long-time friend and label-mate, Jerrod Niemann, on Jerrod’s latest single, “A Little More Love.”  Lee will continue to tour through the fall while also writing and recording his fourth studio album slated for release in 2017 on Curb Records 

Follow Lee Brice here:
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