The funeral for George Jones will be held this Thursday, May 2nd at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville starting at 10am. It will be open to the public.

"George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," said publicist Kirt Webster.

"Thanks to George's friends, fans and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time," said George's wife Nancy. "I love you all."

A private visitation for family, friends and fellow performers will take place on Wednesday evening.

George Jones passed away on Friday at the age of 81. He had been hospitalized since April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund at the following address:

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
222 FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH
NASHVILLE, TN 37203