Atlanta 4/30/2013 2:55:42 AM
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Public Funeral For George Jones Set For Thursday At Grand Ole Opry House

George Jones fans will be able to pay their final respects to the legendary musician in person – publicist Kirt Webster announced Sunday that Jones’ funeral will be open to the public. A private visitation for family, friends and country music artists will be held Wednesday, and on Thursday a public funeral at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville will begin at 10 a.m.

“George would have wanted his fans and friends to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," Webster said.

In place of flowers, Jones’ family has requested donations be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Jones passed away last Friday in Nashville after a brief hospitalization for a fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81-years-old. The musician is survived by his wife Nancy, four children and numerous grandchildren.

Jones enjoyed a very successful career that spanned more than 5 decades. He had countless hits, including “White Lightning,” "She Thinks I Still Care” and "The Grand Tour,” but it is 1980’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today” that he is perhaps best known for. The ballad, which earned Jones a Grammy, is often considered the most popular country tune of all time.


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