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George Jones Funeral Open To Public, Stars To Attend

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A public funeral will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville for country music superstar George Jones, who died Friday at the age of 81.

The funeral will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. and is expected to last about two hours. A private visitation for family, friends, and fellow performers will take place on Wednesday evening at an undisclosed location.

His widow, Nancy Jones, spoke out for the first time Tuesday following his death. She thanked George's fans from around the world for the support and love they've shared in the last few days.

But she said the best way fans can show how much they care is to show up in full force at the public memorial. She also announced some of the big names scheduled to attend.

Some of the celebrities and politicians expected to attend are Governor Bill Haslam, Governor Mike Huckabee, Laura Bush, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and several others. Many of the guests will also be performing.

The iconic Country singer passed away on Friday at the age of 81. George Jones had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

Publicist Kirt Webster said Jones would have wanted his fans everywhere to be able to pay their respects along with his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214 .

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