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Family, Friends Come Out To Remember George Jones

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by Chris Cannon

BERRY HILL, Tenn. - Hundreds of people came out to the Woodlawn Memorial Park Wednesday night to pay their last respects to George Jones.

The legendary country singer died last Friday at the age of 81. Some of the most recognizable names in the industry attended the private visitation.

"He was the quintessential country singer. The cool thing about him was, he didn't manufacture any of that. It was just so natural for him," said country artist Joe Diffie.

Jones' longtime friend Brenda Lee came out to remember the man she first met when she was ten years old. She toured with Jones at that young age and the two remained the closest of friends.

"And I was thinking the other day about a song he had out called 'Who's Going to Fill Their Shoes,' and that's never more poignant than right now," Lee said.

Barbara Mandrell became emotional when speaking of Jones and how he was truly one-of-a-kind.

"He had such creativity. He always made everything he did so special and God just really blessed him," Mandrell said.

For nearly 60 years Jones entertained the world. Fans said he embodied everything country, and for many years, his life was like a country song.

"A man who had his demons, conquered them for a while, then it'd sneak up on him again. He persevered and he kept going. And when he walked out on that stage he was George Jones," said Larry Gatlin.

CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer attended the visitation and told reporters about the George Jones he got to know over the years.

"He was a great man. Not just a great singer and a great figure in American music, but he was a good man," Schieffer said.

A public memorial service for Jones will be held Thursday morning at the Grand Ole Opry House at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning.


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