George Jones' Widow Unveils Monument, Announces MTSU Scholarship

Nov 19, 2013



Nancy Jones, widow of country music icon George Jones, is joined by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee on Monday at the Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Nashville to announce the creation of a fund to establish a scholarship at MTSU in Jones’ memory.
Credit MTSU photos by J. Intintoli

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A large monument honoring the late country singer George Jones has been unveiled at his Nashville gravesite and his widow has announced an MTSU college scholarship in his name.


Fans of the singer who died in April at the age of 81 crowded about the cemetery site yesterday to see the memorial unveiled with his wife and other relatives present.

The monument features a large arch with his best known song title, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," inscribed in the stone under his name.

It also features images of Jones and his widow, Nancy Jones, a guitar and his nickname, "The Possum." Two benches are placed on either side of his grave for visiting fans.

After the unveiling Nancy Jones announced that she would be starting a scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University.

“George would have like the fact that MTSU attracts so many first generation college students, as well as students who face financial challenges. Like George, these are hard workin’ folks who are determined to make their dreams reality.”

Nancy Jones noted that her husband had a lot of help getting his music career started, and that she wanted to offer assistance to students getting their careers off the ground in George’s name.