Country music icon George Jones' funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., 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. The Country Music Hall of Famer, member of the Grand Ole Opry and Kennedy Center Honoree died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville at the age of 81.
Born Sept. 12, 1931, in Saratoga, Tex., Jones was one of the most influential singers in American popular music. His hits included "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Grand Tour," "Walk Through This World With Me," "Tender Years" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." The latter song often tops lists of the greatest country music singles of all time. "Thanks to George's friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time," said his wife Nancy Jones. "I love you all."
A private visitation for family, friends, and fellow performers will take place on Wednesday evening.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund: