“I am thrilled that we will be able to help people in the name of George Jones."By Kurt Wolff
George Jones memorial

George Jones (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Nancy Jones, widow of country legend George Jones, announced yesterday (Nov. 18) a new scholarship program in Jones’ name at Middle Tennessee State University.

The announcement came during a gathering for family, friends and fans Monday afternoon at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Memorial Park in Nashville, where a new monument was unveiled at Jones’ graveside. Jones died April 26 at age 81.

“I am thrilled that we will be able to help people in the name of George Jones,” Nancy said in a speech at the event.

“George would have liked the fact that MTSU attracts so many first-generation college students, as well as students who face financial challenges. Like George, they are hard-working folks who are determined to make their dreams a reality.”

Nancy said that she and George had discussed this scholarship idea before he passed. She also said that she will make the first donation to the fund.

Watch portions of the event below:

Attendees at the graveside event included MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee Nashville as well as ‘countrypolitan’ producer Billy Sherrill. The latter helped shape Jones lush 1970s sound and deliver such classic songs as “The Grand Tour” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

The announcement and memorial unveiling kicked off what is being called George Jones Week in Nashville, a series of events that culminates this Friday (Nov. 22) in a memorial concert for Jones at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. More than 100 guest artists are scheduled to perform, including George Strait, Reba, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris and Alan Jackson.


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