The funeral for George Jones will take place at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville starting at 10 AM CT today. The service will be open to the public and doors will open at 9 AM. The funeral service will also be broadcast live on the national television networks CMT and GAC. The service for the legendary singer will include music from Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Kid Rock, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker and Wynonna. Former First Lady Laura Bush, Kenny Chesney, Barbara Mandrell, Grand Ole Opry VP&GM Pete Fisher, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer will all make special remarks.
Back in 2001, Jones remembered his earliest influence to music and that was the Grand Ole Opry radio show. Jones says, “Oh my goodness, the only radio we had was on Saturday night of course was the Opry and that’s the only night that my mother and dad would let me get in the bed with them so I could hear on the radio. And if I’d go to sleep I’d tell my mama to make sure you wake me up when Roy Acuff comes on. So Roy Acuff was a big big influence on me in my very very young days five, six and seven year old… I just loved him.”
Jones also reflected on his career and the awards he won and the awards he never got. “All the awards that you get you know are just achievement things and you can’t sell ’em that don’t mean nothing but there was one award that I never got and I don’t know why I’ve seen a lot less entertainers get ’em, but I never did achieve the Entertainer of the Year and I never did understand why. And Tammy Wynette and I we never… we were voted every year as duet ah, nominated rather but we never won and I’ve never been able to understand that either.”