CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hundreds of camouflage-clad friends, fans, fellow cast and family members queued through the auditorium where a flower-draped closed casket adorned with family photos held the body of "Buckwild" cast member Shain Gandee.
"A Country Boy Can Survive" by Hank Williams Jr. rang through speakers in the Charleston Municipal Auditorium as Gandee's life played out in a photo slideshow on the back screen.
Photos of hunting conquests, dozens of friends -- many of whom were girls -- high school graduation, youth football and weddings cycled behind a "RIP Shain Gandee 1991-2013" black title card.
Others captured Gandee sticking his tongue out, lying on his truck or striking a pose in a camouflage suit as somber country ballads serenaded guests.
Gandee, 21, his uncle David Gandee, 48, and friend Robert Myers, 27, were found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in Shain's Ford Bronco, which was partially submerged in a mud hole near Shain's Sissonville area home on April 1. They had been missing since 3 a.m. and were last seen leaving a local bar after telling others they were going off-roading.
Shain, nicknamed "Gandee Candy," was the lovable country boy in MTV's "Buckwild," which showcased a group of young West Virginians "mudding," partying and enjoying their redneck lifestyle. It was filmed in the Charleston and Sissonville area.
Neon-colored T-shirts donning the Gandee Candy logo, his family candy company, dotted the auditorium Sunday as the Rev. Randy Campbell thanked family and friends for celebrating the lives of Shain and David, who had a joint-funeral Sunday.
"We come to this place to celebrate and remember the lives of David and Shain. God, I pray Lord, your grace will be sufficient for the Gandee family. God, for the extended family," he said.