Remembering George Jones

As I heard the news of the passing of George Jones I thought about the night of May 22, 2011. I had traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to cover the induction of Oklahoma's Reba McEntire into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

by Bryan Painter Modified: April 26, 2013 at 11:43 am •  Published: April 26, 2013

As I heard the news of the passing of George Jones I thought about the night of May 22, 2011. I had traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to cover the induction of Oklahoma's Reba McEntire into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

As I walked into the control room more than an hour before the start of the ceremony to set up my laptop, I heard something that gave me a chill. Then I looked down at the stage and there stood Jones singing "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

Jones was there because the great songwriter Bobby Braddock was being inducted.Braddock and Curly Putnam co-wrote the classic song.

Also that night, Jones inducted Jean Shepard, who was born in Pauls Valley. Her family moved to Hugo when Jean Shepard was 3 years and then headed west in about 1945 to live in California.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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