‘Can only imagine how beautiful the heavens sound’: Laura Bush, stars pay tribute at George Jones funeral [pics]

Country music stars and fans gathered in Nashville this morning for the funeral of Grand Ole Opry member, singer George Jones. They paid tribute to the country music legend, who died on Friday at the age of 81.

First Lady Laura Bush was in attendance as well and provided comfort to George Jones’ widow Nancy.

Twitter users are sharing photos and touching moments from the funeral.

Devoted fans line up to pay tribute to late country legend  George Jones at his funeral at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.

Country stars spoke tenderly about the late George Jones and performed in his honor.

Randy Travis performed “Amazing Grace”:

Randy Travis singing Amazing Grace at the funeral of George Jones. #RememberingJones

The Oak Ridge Boys:

Charlie Daniels:

Kid Rock:

Patty Loveless and Vince Gill:

First Lady Laura Bush spoke movingly and included this touching thought, written by her husband President George Bush to Nancy Jones: “We can only imagine how beautiful the heavens sound.”

Brad Paisley reminisced and offered up a stirring performance of “Me and Jesus”:

And Gov. Huckabee gave the eulogy. We suspect there were no dry eyes in the (Grand Ole Opry) House.

Amen. Rest in peace, George Jones. We’ll miss you, Possum.

  • independentjones

    I miss the Bushes in the WH, and class and elegance and leadership.

    RIP George Jones … See you on the other side, someday.

    • Typewriterstreaming


    • KansasGirl

      Ditto that.

  • CatHerder

    The Possum couldn’t have asked for a better sendoff.

  • JD Olson

    Laura Bush, one of our most underrated national treasures.

    • Typewriterstreaming

      Most definitely.

    • conservativemomma

      Mrs Bush is so gracious and beautiful.

  • BoscoBolt

    BEAUTIFUL! Rest in Peace, George.

  • mickeyco

    Sounds like a really beautiful service. If you’ve never heard Vince Gill sing “Go Rest High on That Mountain”, download it now. He wrote it about his brother’s death. Just reading the title of it makes me cry. Lovely.

    • nc

      Agree. He and Patti Loveless set the bar no one has beat.

  • nc

    This is what class looks like. RIP, George, you were well loved (in spite of your wild ways of your youth) and you will never be forgotten.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pete-Cooper/100003258145999 Pete Cooper


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pete-Cooper/100003258145999 Pete Cooper


  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    Some of my favorite people paying tribute to one of my favorite people.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    Laura Bush is such a sweet Southern lady. RIP George Jones.

  • Linda Davis Smith

    George your singing in heaven now.

  • marylou

    I miss the class, decency, humanity and honest love of America and its people, by the Bush presidency.

    What we get from the Os is hate, bigotry, narcissism, racism, divisiveness

    and elitism. What a travesty!

  • G.

    Marylou, I could not have said it better; you are 100% correct and thank you!!!