Laura Bush to Eulogize George Jones

Laura Bush by Peter Kramer/NBC, George Jones courtesy Bandit Records

George Jones, fittingly, is going out in style. When funeral services for the legendary country singer are held on Thursday, May 2, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, a former first lady, a current governor and a host of music luminaries will all be in attendance.

 It was announced Tuesday evening that Laura Bush, wife of former president George W. Bush, will be among those eulogizing George. Joining her are Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, news personality Bob Schieffer and country superstars Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Chesney.

Artists as varied as Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Ronnie Milsap, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis and Brad Paisley will provide musical tributes to George.

Fans unable to attend in person in Nashville—services begin at 10 a.m. CT—will be able to watch the memorial live on CMT, GAC, RFD and Family Net, in addition to local Nashville stations. SiriusXM and WSM 650AM, home of the Grand Ole Opry, will broadcast the event on the radio and WSM Online will stream it over the Internet.

George Jones, considered by many to be the greatest country singer to ever live, passed away Friday, April 26, in a Nashville hospital at age 81.

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