Nearly seven months after George Jones’ death, the legendary singer’s widow unveiled a monument in his honor on Monday near his gravesite in Nashville’s Woodlawn Cemetery. Nancy Jones also announced the creation of a new scholarship at nearby Middle Tennessee State University.
“George received help from people as he strove to have a country music career,” Nancy Jones recalled, “so I am thrilled we will be able to help young people in [his] name. I know he would have loved this.” She added he would’ve been particularly pleased she chose MTSU, since it has a high percentage of first-generation college students who face financial challenges.
The chair of MTSU’s Recording Industry program also revealed that the department is developing a course on Jones’ life and music.
Friday night, a who’s who of country stars including Brad Paisley, George Strait, Reba, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church will pay tribute to Jones at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, at a engagement that was to have been his final concert before his passing in April.
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