The Grand Ole Opry is among the many country music outlets remembering the late George Jones.
Nashville's "Tennessean" says Brad Paisley made a surprise appearance on Friday's show, paying tribute to the country music legend with a medley of Jones' songs. Afterwards he tweeted:
At Saturday's Opry show, Opry manager Pete Fisher made note of Paisley's performance, calling it "an emotional capstone to an historic evening."
Saturday's show was dedicated to Jones as well. Saturday night's performers, including longtime Opry stars Jim Ed Brown and Jimmy C. Newman as well as country newcomers Kristen Kelly and Morgan Frazier, also played Jones' music and shared thoughts and memories of the Country Music Hall of Famer. John Conlee brought Saturday's show to a close with a performance of Jones' classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today" while Jones' picture was displayed on the large screen backdrop.
Services for the country icon have been set for this week. CountryWeekly.com says the Country Music Hall of Famer's family will hold a private funeral Wednesday night. A second service has been scheduled at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House on Thursday morning, which will be open to the public. Jones' loved ones are also asking fans wishing to pay tribute to the legendary Possum to make a donation to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund instead of sending flowers.
Jones died last Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, eight days after he had been admitted with a fever and irregular blood pressure. The 81-year-old Jones was in the process of wrapping up his career. He was two months into his year-long farewell "Grand Tour" at the time of his passing.