BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Funeral services will be held next week for Louisiana author Ernest Gaines, who died Tuesday at the age of 86.
Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hall Davis & Sons Funeral Services in Baton Rouge.
A memorial will be held at the same location on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. with a service to follow.
New Roads Mayor Cornell Dukes says the city is planning a tribute for Gaines, who is novel “A Lesson Before Dying,” published in 1993, was an acclaimed classic. Gaines was awarded a “genius grant” that year by the MacArthur Foundation, receiving $335,000.
Both “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” (1971) and “A Gathering of Old Men” (1984) became honored television movies.