Country artists of all ages came together to mourn the passing of one of the finest vocalists in recorded history, the great George Jones. Loretta Lynn, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, and many more all came together to honor the man who played such a critical role in the evolution of country music in society.
Close friends of the late country singer shared memory after memory of Jones at the service taking place at the Grand Ole Opry. Thousands of fans camped out long hours before sunrise in hopes of honoring the man behind the voice that defined the genre of country music for decades.
“The great thing is every time someone calls me Sweet Pea, I’ll get to think about him,” said Gill prior to his performance of "Go Rest High on That Mountain" with Patty Loveless, bursting into tears midway through.
The ceremony was a nearly three-hour event with an audience packed of major country stars, friends of the deceased artist, fans, and political figures. An emotional Jackson closed out the ceremony with a tear-jerking performance of The Possum's iconic "He Stopped Loving Her Today".
The country singer passed away in April of 2013 after being admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with a fever and irregular blood pressure, historically going on to never leave the facility.
You can watch the complete service in the video below.
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