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Wife Nancy Shares George Jones’ Final Words

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The 2013 CMA Fest had some deeply touching moments, and possibly the most memorable was a panel led by country music icon George Jones‘ wife of 30 years, Nancy Jones. During that emotional time, she shared stories of her husband — along with his last words.

According to Country Weekly, Jones’ longtime drummer, Bobby Birkhead, and artists and friends Jamey Johnson, John Rich and Randy Travis also participated in paying tribute to Possum. There were sweet times of laughter in remembering some hilarious antics, as Nancy Jones told a story of how she once stopped her husband from impatiently blowing his car’s horn by coming out of the house dressed in only her underwear.

However, the most memorable part of the panel was when she revealed Jones’ last words in her closing remarks. “‘Hiya. I’ve been looking for you. I’m George Jones,’” she recalls her husband saying.

She adds poignantly, “I believe he was introducing himself to God.”

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The “Tender Years” hitmaker, whose illustrious career spanned over five decades, died on April 26, 2013 from hypoxic respiratory failure. He left behind a legacy which cannot be surpassed, and is widely known as having one of the greatest voices in country music. Jones’ life saw its share of great triumph and deep despair, but in the end, he overcame his obstacles with the help of his loving wife.

Jones, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the National Medial of the Arts and the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, has made a mark on country music that will never be forgotten.

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