It’s been nearly two weeks since actor and singer Davy Jones passed away. Jones died of a heart attack at a house in Florida, but “The Monkees” star had a house in Snyder County.
Today, hundreds of people gathered in Beavertown to honor him and all that he did for their community.
“We were as close to siblings as you could possibly get. He was my brother,” said friend and former band mate Mickey Dolenz. He couldn’t be in Snyder County to say those words himself, but the former Monkee wrote a letter expressing how he felt about his former band mate, Davy Jones.
Hundreds of people gathered in Beavertown to pay tribute to Davy, who had a home there.
“I’ve been a lifelong fan since 1966 when the songs and tv show were on,” said Mary Scheib of Wilkes Barre.
“I grew up watching the show and I love the music. I wanted to come to my hometown. This is where I grew up,” said Wanda Kline of Winfield.
Michael Shoenfelt organized the memorial. He said he wanted to be around other Monkee fans at this difficult time.
“I thought, I’m going to go to Beavertown and maybe I’ll put together a Facebook page and see what happens,” said Michael Shoenfelt.
After the ceremony, hundreds of people walked about a half mile to the site of the church Davy planned on turning into a museum.
People came to Beavertown from as far away as Georgia and Illinois. Leeann Scarpato drove three hours from Philadelphia.
“I love Davy Jones so much. I’m a big fan, and I want to come and remember him and be with everyone who loves him too,” said Leeann Scarpato.
“I went to a lot of his concerts. I saw him at the Front Street Station in Northumberland, the Schuylkill County Fair and the Bloomsburg Fair,” said Penny Rissinger.
Some people put flowers and pictures by the former church. Tammy Rose wrote a letter.
“Your congregation is making us smile. Thank you for all you’ve done. We’ll miss you but we’ll always have you,” said Tammy Rose.
The memorial in Beavertown was a way for fans to unite and mourn the loss of their favorite Monkee.
“These are his big fans. These are the people who love him the most and they’re here for him,” said Schoenfelt.