Some called him the “Possum”, and for awhile he was “No-show Jones”, but Friday night the city he called home is saying goodbye to George Jones.
The Grand Ole Opry dedicated their show to Jones in the wake of his passing on Friday at the age of 81.
Brad Paisley made a surprise appearance to honor Jones.
“George Jones will always be the greatest singer we have ever had in country music. I think that will be the case forever,” Paisley told Nashville's News 2.
Other stars also spoke about George and his influence on the city and country music as a whole.
“He will be sorely missed. He was the greatest. Old George the possum,” reminisced Mel Tillis.
“He had such a life. Everybody knew not only the music and stuff, just everything he went through with drinking, the wives, Tammy [Wynette],” said Montgomery Gentry.
At the Opry, they say they are a family, a family that will hold their memories of Jones close to their hearts.
“If when we go our spirit lingers, this is where [Jones'] is doing that, I think,” Paisley said.
- April 26, 2013: Fans pay respects to George Jones at Country Music Hall of Fame
- April 26, 2013: George Jones dies at 81
- April 18, 2013: Country star Jones hospitalized, postpones 2 shows
- Nov. 12, 2012: George Jones' final tour includes Nov. 2013 Nashville stop
- Oct. 31, 2012: George Jones cancels Minn. concert due to health
- May 21, 2012: George Jones hospitalized, Shows canceled through June
- April 18, 2012: George Jones postpones shows due to health
- April 3, 2012: George Jones released from hospital
- March 29, 2012: Country legend George Jones hospitalized