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During a touching graveside ceremony today (Nov. 18), the wife of George Jones unveiled a new monument to memorialize the country music legend, who passed away April 26. Nancy Jones dedicated the elaborate marker at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville, where the Possum is buried. A towering structure, the monument has “He Stopped Loving Her Today” engraved above a guitar and an etched photo of George and Nancy, framed by an archway with the name “Jones.”
Prior to the unveiling, Nancy announced the creation of a new scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University in honor of George. The fund, to which Nancy herself will make the first donation, will help enable MTSU students to pursue their musical and creative dreams.
“George would have liked the fact that MTSU attracts so many first-generation college students, as well as students who face financial challenges,” Nancy said in a statement. “Like George, they are hardworking folks who are determined to make their dreams a reality.”
Singers Joe Diffie and Jim Lauderdale, along with Grand Ole Opry member Jeanne Pruett, Hank Williams’ daughter Jett Williams and producer Buddy Cannon were among those in attendance.
A bluegrass group performed “He Stopped Loving Her Today” following the service, while Nancy visited with fans and those who knew George.
The monument unveiling kicked off a week that will find more than a hundred acts flocking to Nashville to honor George at Friday’s Playin’ Possum! The Final No Show, a tribute concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Martina McBride and Alan Jackson are all set to appear.