Fans of country music and of country music icon George Jones will have a unique opportunity to celebrate his life. Jones, who died Friday at the age of 81, will be honored with a funeral open to the public on Thursday, May 2 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, according to reports.
Jones’ publicist, Kirt Webster, said in a statement, “George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family.” The public funeral, slated to start at 10:00 a.m., will be preceded by a private visitation Wednesday evening for friends, family, and fellow musicians.
Condolences and outpourings of gratitude have been lighting up the social networks since news broke of the country legend’s passing. Faith Hill tweeted on Friday, “We lost one of the best voices God created this morning.” Blake Shelton said on Twitter, “We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend.” For fans who wish to express direct condolences to his widow, Nancy Sepulvedo, the following appeared on Jones’ official Twitter account: “You can share your love, prayers and memories with Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Jones family has requested that donations be made to the Grand Ole Opry or the Country Music Hall Of Fame in honor of George Jones, in lieu of sending flowers.