George Jones

jones1September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013

Up until April of 2013, George Glenn Jones, nicknamed “The Possum,” was considered by many to be the greatest living country singer. Dying has a way of altering that claim, but the legend of The Possum continues. With more than 150 hits spanning his half-century-plus career, Jones’ influence and impact on country music can’t be overstated. He shot to super-stardom  in the early 1960’s with hits like “White Lightnin'” and “She Thinks I Still Care” and enjoyed success for the rest of the decade. As is the case with many superstars, things like alcohol and drugs made their way in and affected everything. A tumultuous marriage to fellow superstar Tammy Wynette didn’t help matters. Drunken benders and abuse allegations behind him, Jones found a resurgence in popularity in the 1980’s where he remained at the top of the country universe until his death from respiratory failure at the age of 81.

Burial

Woodlawn Memorial Park – Nashville, TN

Specific Location

Jones Family Estates; Just north of the Garden of Dogwood, next to a short, stone wall, George’s large memorial is hard to miss.

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