Funeral for Ria Pell set for Saturday

A “Remembering Ria” Facebook page has been created by friends and a post states there will be a procession on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Ria’s Bluebird to go to the cemetery.

“Bring your hot rods to line up front early. Formal Rockabilly and Queer attire encouraged,” the post states.

Westview Cemetery is located at 1680 Ralph David Abernathy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

A post on Ria’s Bluebird Facebook page said Pell died of an undetected enlarged heart.

Ria’s Bluebird opened Wednesday, Nov. 27, for several hours to feed friends and supporters and did not charge for the food, instead asking only for donations to help Pell’s family in this time of need. People exchanged hugs and some tears while waiting to eat.

The restaurant will reopen on Dec. 3 “with the same integrity you’ve come to know and respect. As always…No substitutions,” as stated on the Bluebird Facebook page.

UPDATE from Remembering Ria Facebook page:


IF you plan to join us for the procession to Westview Cemetery from Ria’s Bluebird, we will be leaving at 11am. Here is what you need to know:

People should be prepared to come early, get in line and wait. That means get there around 10am, if you can… Dress warm. Fantastic Rockabilly Attire requested. We need folks to line up down Cherokee. The family cars will be coming from the funeral home around 11am and we need to be ready for them. We will be heading towards I20 on Memorial Drive towards downtown. If you aren’t ready in line for the procession, just meet us at the cemetery. CARPOOL….

There will be folks helping to guide the traffic, be nice. They will be handing out “FUNERAL” signs for your cars. Lights on when we drive. you probably know the drill.

More details to follow for after the funeral, but this is it for now. If you are volunteering to help with traffic/crowd control, I’ll be in touch shortly. THANK YOU