FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
George Jones' funeral this morning at the Grand Ole Opry was a star-studded affair. Brad Paisley, Charlie Daniels, Kid Rock and Randy Travis, among others, paid musical homage to the "Greatest Country Singer Ever." Speakers included Kenny Chesney, Mike Huckabee and former First Lady Laura Bush.
Yesterday evening, Paisley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Loretta Lynn and dozens of other notables joined close family and friends for a private visitation at the Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home in Nashville.
Rest in peace George
George Jones’ funeral will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, starting at 10 am and will be open to the public.
"George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," said publicist Kirt Webster.
"Thanks to George’s friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time," said Nancy Jones. "I love you all."
A private visitation for family, friends, and fellow performers will take place on Wednesday evening. Since this is private, please call 615-777-6995 x230 for time and location.
“The Voice” of Country Music fell silent with the passing of the iconic legend, George Jones in Nashville at the age of 81. Long recognized as country music’s most indescribable voice by not only the fans, but critics in all genres, the music world continues to mourn the loss of its’ finest stylist, who was considered the greatest living country singer.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956, George Jones achieved perhaps his greatest personal honor when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.
More than 35 years ago, as noted in his discography, George Jones recorded “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?”, a song that posed the question of whether music newcomers would come along that could possibly walk in the steps of the progenitors and giants of country music. In light of the loss of this legendary voice, the question has never seemed more poignant.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund:
If there was ever any doubt that there is a Honky Tonk in heaven...it’s settled today!
I hope you know I mean that figuratively! But I, like many of you, was saddened to hear of the passing of one of the greatest legends that ever lived and worked in this business; THE POSSUM…George Jones.
George Jones was a house-hold name in my family while I was growing up. My father was a regional country music singer, traveling and making a living in southern Oklahoma and Texas when I was a kid. And I remember him telling me stories of shows he and George would do together. My mom used to sew…quite well as a matter of fact…and she’d make the shirts and suits my father wore on stage. George was jealous of my dad’s threads and wanted some flashy stage garb of his own. So, thinking he’d get a two-for-one deal, The Possum invited my mom out on tour with him to sing back up and ultimately be his seamstress. She had three little girls at home and couldn’t make it happen. But I know she always felt honored to get the ask.
Here's a pic of my dad (right) with George Jones (center)...well before I was born! ;)
It’s no secret that Mr. Jones was well known for showing up late…and often times NOT AT ALL for shows…garnering him the nickname “No Show Jones”! His bouts with alcohol and on a couple of occasions, a lawn mower, were well circulated. But George was one who out-shown his “dirty side”! His music has ALWAYS, and will ALWAYS, speak for itself.
I had the honor of having a very nice conversation with Mark Chesnutt yesterday about The Possum. Mark had planned and was booked, like so many of our favorite artists, to be at George’s FINAL SHOW at Bridgestone. It was curious that Mark was wearing a George Jones t-shirt for our chat. Little did either of us know we’d be sharing this sadness today.
If it truly can happen, I would bet money that dad and George and so many other great heroes of mine are performing for our Father today in heaven.
George Jones is adored by those who call themselves his FANS. He’s loved by those who know him as a FRIEND. And he’ll always live in my heart as a LEGEND.
You’ll be missed, POSSUM!