The late country icon George Jones' funeral service is set to take place Thursday, May 2 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and celebrities from the world of politics and music are both coming together to honor him before he is finally laid to rest. The 81-year-old country music singer passed away last April 26 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center due to complications arising from fever and irregular blood pressure.
Kid Rock, Brad Paisley, Wynonna Judd, Randy Travis and Alan Jackson will all sing in the loving tribute to Jones. Former first lady Laura Bush, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and singer Kenny Chesney are set to make the special remarks in the remembrance ceremony.
"Country music lost a legend today. George Jones is one of the greatest of all time. Rest in peace my friend," Rock tweeted shortly after Jones died. Paisley, also via Twitter, posted a moving message for the legendary musician, writing about how Jones tried to use his life and his God-given talent to make the world a better place.
In the days following his death, Jones' albums collectively logged a thousand percent increase in sales. His 1998 album "16 Biggest Hits" sold 9,000 copies and his 1987 compilation "Super Hits" moved another 7,000 copies while his albums "The Essential George Jones" and "Hits I Missed...And One I Didn't" added another 5,000 and 3,000, respectively.