Marc "Buddie T." Trovillion was remembered by friends and family on Saturday with a hike from his home in St. Elmo to Glen Falls on the side of Lookout Mountain.
The hike was led by Trovillion’s 15-year-old son, Holden, and included poetry readings, shared memories and the dispersal of ashes.
Trovillion, 56, was a Chattanooga-based musician and "charter" member of the alt-country band Lambchop. He was remembered by his former bandmate, Jonathan Marx, in a statement that was picked up nationally by Rolling Stone. In Chattanooga, Trovillion performed with Heroes Are Horses and a variety of performances with the Shaking Ray Levi Society. He was also a master craftsman, turning wood into art.
He died Oct. 10 at his home.
Elizabeth Miller is the mother of Holden. She helped organize Saturday's hike.
"Glen Falls was his sacred place," Miller said. "We had a funeral right after he died, but this was the dispersal of ashes. Marc cut the trail from his backyard to the falls himself."
About 15 people participated in the hike, and each was given a special memento bottle. Trovillion was a connoisseur of craft beer and microbrews, and Miller saw an opportunity.
"I collected his recycling and decorated bottles with things from around his house, some of his tools, small toys ... and then I spread his ashes into the 40 bottles," she said.
The bottles were then given to friends and family and carried throughout the hike.
After a brief ceremony, Trovillion’s ashes were dispersed to the south, east, north and west, toward his Memphis birthplace; the sky; and, finally, into their hearts.
"He was just a good soul," Miller said. "He was magnetic. People wanted to talk to him. Being born in Memphis, he had this kind of soul to his music. He will be dearly missed."
Miller said she would be open to hosting additional memorial events for those who knew Trovillion.
"Marc crossed a lot of paths around Chattanooga," she said. "He was involved in the musical world, woodworking, and he worked a lot around town. I just wanted to get the word out that if anybody wants to contact me about Marc, they should feel free to do so."
In honor of his memory, the Marc Trovillion Legacy Trust has been established. Checks can be made out to the trust and mailed to 825 Kirkwood Ave., Nashville, TN 37204.
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