Music City mourns country legend George Jones

Some of the biggest names in country music came together in Nashville to say goodbye to the "Possum" on Thursday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Numerous friends of the late country music superstar George Jones have remembered him for his kindness and love for his widow.

Some of the biggest names in country music came together in Nashville Thursday.

An overflow crowd paid respects to Jones on Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville during a public funeral. Several country stars and other notable figures sang and spoke during the nearly three-hour service.

They were saying their last goodbyes to a man some call the greatest country music singer of all time.

There were laughs and plenty of tears for more than two and a half hours as the country said goodbye to George Jones.

The country music legend passed away last Friday.

According to Garth Brooks, “George Jones was the greatest voice ever to sing country music."

Barbara Mandrell remembered the kindnesses Jones gave a scared 13-year-old girl just getting her start in the business. And Vince Gill remembered the man who gave him the nickname "Sweet Pea," a moniker he wasn't sure he liked at first but now treasures.

Jones died at age 81.

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