On Thursday, the Bush family and their loved ones had a more intimate service for the late President George H.W. Bush after Wednesday’s large funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
This service took place at St. Martin's Episcopal Church — the family’s church — in Houston, Texas, according to ABC News. The former president died on Friday at the age of 94.
But amidst the sorrow was joy in remembering the life of H.W. Bush, as well as his hope in an eternity in heaven. The Oak Ridge Boys from Tennessee, who have long known the former president, touched on both as they sang a stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace” and shared a funny story from Bush’s life.
“We first sang for him in October of 1983 on the lawn of the White House when he was vice president,” one of the quartet singers told the audience. “And he said, ‘Fellas...could you sing me a few songs; I’m a big fan.’”
“For decades we have sang for him,” he continued. “And this is, again, a real honor to be here.”
“What a lot of people may not know is that he fancied himself to be a good bass singer,” he recalled.
“He was not.”
The crowd roared with laughter, especially the Bush family as former President George W. Bush nodded enthusiastically in agreement. H.W. Bush’s other two sons, Jeb and Neil, laughed in agreement as well. W. Bush, especially, seemed far more relaxed and joyful than at Wednesday’s more formal service.
“We’ll sing for our president,” the Oak Ridge Boys said as they launched into an acapella version of “Amazing Grace.”
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now I see.
T'was grace that taught my heart to fear and grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we no less days to sing God’s grace, than when we first begun.”
Bush sang along with them. Watch that moment below:
After the service, H.W. Bush’s was transported to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University to be buried next to the grave of his wife Barbara, who died this April.