George Jones Monument, Scholarship, Class and New Concert Details Revealed
Updated: Monday, November 18 2013, 11:46 PM CST
NASHVILLE, Tn - - "It seems like it was yesterday we were laying him to rest and now we are unveiling the George Jones monument" says Jones widow Nancy.
Seven months after he was laid to rest, family and friends crowded around his grave as a special monument was revealed. "It's beautiful" says Nancy, who started working on the monument with George about ten years ago. "We didn't finish it, so after he passed I pulled out the drawing and finished it." she says.
The possum wanted his final resting place to be just like his life - fan friendly, so it features etched pictures, his best known song title and two benches for visitors to sit on. "All his fans are hard core country fans. They deserve to come out and see something different sit on bench and look and see their idol" says Nancy.
Linda Whitney drove 8 hours to be here for this moment. She has been a fan since she was 16 years old. "I've never seen anything so beautiful. It broke my heart because it's like he was suppose to be here singing he stopped loving her today."
The unveiling came with some big news. Come this Friday at the Tribute show, Nancy doesn't want to see what happened at the funeral. Thousands left outside with no way in. So she is putting up massive screens and speakers so anyone can watch the concert from Bridgestones Plaza. "You won't be left out. That is what George would want so that is what I am doing."
Nancy also announced the creation of the MTSU George Jones Scholarship Fund. And talk about a legacy living on - MTUS announced that they will soon offer a George Jones class. "Just like you would study Bach and Beethoven, we want our studetns to learn the life of George Jones" says Beverly Keel with MTSU.
Project by project, Nancy is doing just as she promised, making sure her husbands impact lives on. "That man was loved by people from 2 to 92 and it's still there."