Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, Kennedy Center honoree, and local born-and-bred singer/songwriter George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81.
Jones’ funeral was scheduled for Thursday, May 2, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, starting at 10 a.m. with services 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.
Among those slated to perform at the services were Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill with Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Kid Rock, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, and Wynonna Judd. Former First Lady Laura Bush, Kenny Chesney, Grand Ole Opry VP&GM Pete Fisher, Governor Bill Haslam, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Barbara Mandrell, and CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer were all also confirmed to make special remarks.
In addition, national television networks CMT, GAC, RFD, and FamilyNet, as well as local Nashville stations WKRN 2, WSMV 4, WTVF 5, WZTV 17 held rights to broadcast the funeral service live, with radio partners WSM 650AM and SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 56) also broadcasting the service.
Fans not able to attend can leave a special message about George Jones at tinyurl.com/GJtribute. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214.
“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.”