George Jones’ fans will be able to attend the late country music icon’s funeral this week. A statement released by his publicist explained that it 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,” Kirt Webster said in a statement on Sunday.
The musician’s funeral is set for Thursday at Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. A private viewing for family and friends will take place on Wednesday evening at an undisclosed location.
George Jones’ family is asking that fans contribute to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund instead of sending flowers. Nancy Jones said in a statement that she appreciated the supports her husband’s admirers have given her over the past few days.
“Thanks to George’s friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time. I love you all,” she explained.
Many country music stars were shocked to learn that George Jones had passed away on Friday at the age of 81. The Country Music Hall of Fame writer and editor Michael McCall said the singer was one of the genre’s most influential figures.
“George Jones is country music the way Loretta Lynn is, the way Dolly Parton is, in a way Hank Williams was. He’s one of those figures that personifies what is great about country music,” McCall explained.
He added, “I don’t think anybody sings a country song now without having some George Jones in there some place.”
Vince Gill also released a statement in the wake of Jones’ passing. He explained: “There aren’t words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I’ll miss my kind and generous friend.”
Jones’ fellow musicians, including those who were heavily influenced by his work, will attend the private viewing with friends and family on Wednesday.
Are you a fan of George Jones? Will you attend the country music icon’s funeral on Thursday?