A funeral home attendant stands watch over the casket bearing blues legend B.B. King prior to his funeral mass at Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Indianola, Miss., Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)

INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — B.B. King’s early life personified the blues: He was born to dirt-poor sharecroppers in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta and left alone by the deaths of his mother and grandmother when he was a child. But he never let those circumstances hold him back or define him, a minister said Saturday at the funeral of the blues legend.

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