George Jones’ Last Words Revealed: The Secret History
George Jones' wife of more than 30 years, Nancy Jones, says she believes her husband was speaking to God when he uttered his final words before he died on April 26, 2013. But as it turns out, he still had more to say even after he was gone.
It's no secret that Jones had a long history of alcohol and cocaine abuse, as well as broken marriages that were punctuated by episodes of violence. After an enormous run of early success, by the late '70s he was virtually washed up, having earned the nickname "No Show Jones" for his penchant of simply not showing up for planned performances.
His life changed after he met Nancy Sepulveda in 1981. After they married in 1983, she set out to straighten out his life and finances, and though there were still many bumps in the road ahead, Jones finally got sober for good after a near-fatal car accident while under the influence in March of 1999. By all accounts, he was sober for the rest of his life.
Not surprisingly, Nancy was by his side when he spoke his final words after days of being quiet. As she recalls, he opened his eyes and said, "Well hello there. My name is George Jones. I've been looking for you."
When Jones knew he nearing the end of his life, he left a letter for his adopted grandson, a 13-year-old boy from Guatemala named Carlos, to read after he was gone. He told Carlos that he had to be the man of the house now, something the boy later did with pride.
Jones also left a letter for his granddaughter Jennifer's unborn twins, knowing he would not live to see them born. The contents of that letter have never been revealed publicly.
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