JONES, George Glenn Age 81, passed away on Friday, the Twenty Sixth of April in Nashville. Mr. Jones was born in Saratoga, TX, son of the late George Washington and Clara Patterson Jones. Jones is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Nancy Jones; his sister, Helen Scroggins; and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Mr. Jones' Life will be at Ten O'clock in the morning on Thursday, the Second of May at the Grand Ole Opry House. Mr. Jones will be placed in Woodlawn Memorial Park. In honoring the Jones' Family request, those attending are asked to dress business casual. In 1955, his "Why Baby Why" became his first Top 10 country single, peaking at number four and beginning a remarkable commercial string: Jones would ultimately record more than 160 charting singles, more than any other artist in any format in the history of popular music. Thru his distinguished music career, he was asked to join the Grand Ole Opry, inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1992, and collected the nation's Highest Arts Award, The Kennedy Center Honors for his lifetime achievements in 2008. Jones won the CMA's top male vocalist award in 1980 and 1981. He also earned a Grammy for best male country vocal performance. Those serving as Active Pallbearers: Bobby Birkhead, Brittany Allyn, Ricky Land, Scott Ulmer, Van Coffey, Vaughan Reed and Walter Ferguson. Those named as Honorary Pallbearers: Billy Contreras, Billy Sherrill, Debbie Doebler, Debra McCloud, Evelyn Shriver, Garth Brooks, Gary Doebler, President George W. Bush, George Lunn, Greg McGill, Harmon Smith, Herb Kinman, Jeremy Westby, Jimmy Dickens, Jimmy Owen, Jimmy Wilson, Kirk Hohimer, Kirt Webster, Mackie Pettus, Pat Boone, Pete Fisher, Reggie Mac, Sharma Reed, Steve Buchanan, Susan Nadler and Members of the Grand Ole Opry. In lieu of customary floral tributes, the Jones Family respectfully request that memorials be made to The Opry Trust Fund, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214; or to The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 22 Fifth Avenue S., Nashville, TN 37203.
Published in The Tennessean from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2013