Nashville stars celebrate the memory of George Jones Thursday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Nashville stars celebrate the memory of George Jones Thursday

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From the biggest names in music, to a former first lady, to everyday fans, hundreds of people gathered in Nashville to remember country music icon, George Jones.

Thursday at Nashville's Grand Old Opry' House, several stars remembered Jones in stories and songs.

The Texas native was on a farewell tour last week when he entered a hospital for fever and unstable blood pressure. He passed away at 81 years old.

Former First Lady Laura Bush says almost everyone in Texas had a special place in their heart for Jones:

"My father-in-law, President Bush number 41, never met George Jones but from the oil patch of West Texas to the White House he always felt he knew the man through his music, which he adored," she said.

During his country music career, Jones was known for his intoxicating baritone voice and hits like "White Lightning", "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes."

Thursday, his most recent wife, Nancy Sepalvado sat surrounded by country stars including Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys and long-time friend Randy Travis.

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