NASHVILLE, Tenn. – George Jones’ funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at The Grand Ole Opry House and will be open to the public, his publicist has announced.
“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 in a news release.
A private visitation for family, friends, and fellow performers will take place on Wednesday evening.
“Thanks to George’s friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time,” said Jones’s widow, Nancy Jones, in the release. “I love you all.”
As previously reported, “The Voice” of country music fell silent with the passing of the legendary singer Friday 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, 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, 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 (Opry Trust Fund, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214) or to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (http://store.countrymusichalloffame.com/categories/Donate/).