‘How beautiful the heavens sound’: Laura Bush at George Jones’ funeral [pics]

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Country music stars and fans gathered in Nashville this morning for the funeral of Grand Ole Opry member, singer George Jones. They paid tribute to the country music legend, who died on Friday at the age of 81.

First Lady Laura Bush was in attendance as well and provided comfort to George Jones’ widow Nancy.

Laura Bush sitting next to Nancy Jones and George’s memorial.

— Å Burton Ω (@burtdw1) May 2, 2013

Twitter users are sharing photos and touching moments from the funeral.

Photo from George Jones’ funeral at the Grand Ole Opry House. twitter.com/TNBeanCounter/…

— Bean Counter (@TNBeanCounter) May 2, 2013

This is the hearse that will carry George Jones to his final resting place. #foxnash twitter.com/Scott_Couch/st…

— Scott Couch (@Scott_Couch) May 2, 2013

Devoted fans line up to pay tribute to late country legendGeorge Jones at his funeral at Nashville’s… instagram.com/p/Y0F-iyxF_6/

— People magazine (@peoplemag) May 2, 2013

End of the line for thousands hoping to get into George Jones service at Opryhouse. Watch at 10 @wkrn Ch 2 twitter.com/bundgaard2/sta…

— Chris Bundgaard (@bundgaard2) May 2, 2013

Country stars spoke tenderly about the late George Jones and performed in his honor.

Randy Travis performed “Amazing Grace”:

Remembering George Jones: Randy Travis singing Amazing Grace in tribute to the Possum. Live on Fox 17 right now. twitter.com/wztv_fox17/sta…

— WZTV FOX 17 (@wztv_fox17) May 2, 2013

Randy Travis singing Amazing Grace at the funeral of George Jones. #RememberingJones instagram.com/p/Y0GoUJE4Kc/

— Casey Powell (@capncasey) May 2, 2013

Randy Travis now performing at #GeorgeJones memorial at the #Opry. Live on Channel 4. twitter.com/WSMVIanReitz/s…

— Ian Reitz (@WSMVIanReitz) May 2, 2013

The Oak Ridge Boys:

Screen shot: The @oakridgeboys – stirring & inspirational at the Nashville funeral for George Jones. twitpic.com/cnmpwv

— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomas) May 2, 2013

Oak Ridge Boys on now singing Farther Along. #georgejones twitter.com/StephBeecken/s…

— Stephanie Beecken (@StephBeecken) May 2, 2013

Charlie Daniels:

Charlie Daniels beautifully ripped a giant hole in today’s music industry while honoring great George Jones @gjpossum twitter.com/dmhindman/stat…

— David Hindman (@dmhindman) May 2, 2013

Charlie Daniels is singing Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling…such a beautiful sound. #Ilovehymns #rememberingjones

— Kerri P. (KP) (@KerriPotts) May 2, 2013

Kid Rock:

Kid Rock talking about how he wrote a chorus for a song he never got to give to Jones. About getting over drinking twitter.com/StephBeecken/s…

— Stephanie Beecken (@StephBeecken) May 2, 2013

So awesome @kidrock performing at funeral for George Jones twitpic.com/cnmvcz

— Lisa Giles Ray (@Lisa4News) May 2, 2013

Kid Rock singing: Now that you’re here it seems so clear. Where you end is where I begin. #georgejones twitter.com/StephBeecken/s…

— Stephanie Beecken (@StephBeecken) May 2, 2013

#NowOnNC5 – Kid Rock at #RIPGeorgeJones twitter.com/NC5/status/329…

— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) May 2, 2013

Kid Rock is making me cry right now. His speech is so touching. @opry #RememberingJones @gjpossum

— Jason Scott (@JasontheScott) May 2, 2013

Patty Loveless and Vince Gill:

Not a dry eye in the house after that one. “Go Rest High On That Mountain” Vince Gill & Patty Loveless #RememberingJones

— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) May 2, 2013

Thanks @theploveless & @vgcom for a beautiful tribute to George Jones #rememberingjones #rippossum twitter.com/Infidelzfun/st…

— Jim Ray-The Infidel (@Infidelzfun) May 2, 2013

We’re now hearing from Vince Gill before his performance at #GeorgeJones memorial at #Opry. twitter.com/WSMVIanReitz/s…

— Ian Reitz (@WSMVIanReitz) May 2, 2013

#NowOnNC5 – Vince Gill and Patty Loveless to perform next.#RIPGeorgeJones twitter.com/NC5/status/329…

— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) May 2, 2013

“Brother George taught us all how to sing with a broken heart.” -Vince Gill, who George Jones nicknamed “Sweet Pea.” #RememberingJones

— Cody Alan (@cmtcody) May 2, 2013

First Lady Laura Bush spoke movingly and included this touching thought, written by her husband President George Bush to Nancy Jones: “We can only imagine how beautiful the heavens sound.”

Laura Bush recites part of a letter husband George wrote to Nancy. “We can only imagine how beautiful the heavens now sound” @gjpossum

— Stacy McCloud (@stacymccloud) May 2, 2013

Former First Lady Laura Bush heading to podium to speak at #GeorgeJones memorial. twitter.com/WSMVIanReitz/s…

— Ian Reitz (@WSMVIanReitz) May 2, 2013

#NowOnNC5 Frmr First Lady Laura Bush #RIPGeorgeJones twitter.com/NC5/status/329…

— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) May 2, 2013

@laurawbush Beautiful words from a true First Lady twitter.com/cyndergator/st…

— Cindy Tschorn Stokes (@cyndergator) May 2, 2013

“We’re left with the gift of his songs on earth and we can only imagine how beautiful the heavens sound.” -Laura Bush twitter.com/WSMVIanReitz/s…

— Ian Reitz (@WSMVIanReitz) May 2, 2013

@laurawbush thanks for a moving tribute to George Jones.#rememberingjones twitter.com/Infidelzfun/st…

— Jim Ray-The Infidel (@Infidelzfun) May 2, 2013

“Nobody made music like a man from east Texas named George Jones.” – Former 1st Lady @laurawbush #RememberingJones

— CMT (@CMT) May 2, 2013

Laura Bush says in the White House gym she often heard George W walking the treadmill listening to George J.#RIPGeorgeJones

— Chris Cannon (@NC5_ChrisCannon) May 2, 2013

“I heard White Lighnin’ as George W. worked out on the treadmill to George J.” – Laura Bush#rememberingjones

— Kelly Sutton (@tvkellysutton) May 2, 2013

Former First Lady @laurawbush graciously shared a comforting tribute to George Jones @gjpossum family and friends #RememberingJones #RIP

— Lori (@LoriGGFilmz) May 2, 2013

Nice note ftom W read by Laura Bush at George Jones memorial service.

— Right Words (@RightWordWriter) May 2, 2013

Laura Bush is so classy . What a beautiful speech she made . #rememberingjones

— Susan(@whiskeygirl73) May 2, 2013

Complete vision of class and a lovely tribute to @gjpossum by @laurawbush…thank you for sharing your stories!#RememberingJones

— GAC (@gactv) May 2, 2013

Brad Paisley reminisced and offered up a stirring performance of “Me and Jesus”:

Brad Paisley speaking now about how his horse was on Jones’ land. Paisley will sing Me & Jesus. #georgejones twitter.com/StephBeecken/s…

— Stephanie Beecken (@StephBeecken) May 2, 2013

#NowOnNC5 – @bradpaisley to perform next tribute.#RIPGeorgeJones twitter.com/NC5/status/329…

— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) May 2, 2013

Brad Paisley on #GeorgeJones “I encourage people to get Jones’ music to see what the ruckus is all about.” twitter.com/WSMVIanReitz/s…

— Ian Reitz (@WSMVIanReitz) May 2, 2013

#NowOnNC5 – @bradpaisley to performing #RIPGeorgeJones twitter.com/NC5/status/329…

— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) May 2, 2013

I’m going to save this one.Brad Paisley is singing “Me and Jesus” at the George Jones memorial right now. #foxnash twitter.com/Scott_Couch/st…

— Scott Couch (@Scott_Couch) May 2, 2013

‘ @bradpaisley advised those who don’t know @gjpossum‘s music to go discover it now. He says “I’ll miss him forever.” #RememberingJones

— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) May 2, 2013

And Gov. Huckabee gave the eulogy. We suspect there were no dry eyes in the (Grand Ole Opry) House.

#NowOn5 Gov. Mike Huckabee at the #RIPGeorgeJones twitter.com/NC5/status/329…

— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) May 2, 2013

Gov. Mike Huckabee now giving eulogy. Jones understood feelings & pressures & he sang the songs that cried for us twitter.com/StephBeecken/s…

— Stephanie Beecken (@StephBeecken) May 2, 2013

Gov. Huckabee on #GeorgeJones: “You didn’t just listen to his voice, you felt like you were living it.” twitter.com/WSMVIanReitz/s…

— Ian Reitz (@WSMVIanReitz) May 2, 2013

Of the countless times I’ve heard Govenor Huckabee speak, I’ve never been more moved than I am by his eulogy today. #rememberingjones

— Bethany Dorobiala (@bmd) May 2, 2013

Mike Huckabee’s eulogy for George Jones was fantastic… Very powerful. #rememberingjones

— Clint Tomerlin (@ClintTomerlin) May 2, 2013

Gov. Huckabee “If my dad ever thought I got to stand on stage & make music with #GeorgeJones he’d say ‘son you made something of yourself.’”

— Ian Reitz (@WSMVIanReitz) May 2, 2013

“He had a song for the Saturday night honky tonk and for Sunday Morning church”. – Gov Huckabee #rememberingjones

— Kelly Sutton (@tvkellysutton) May 2, 2013

“Jesus would have been at the honkytonk on Saturday night. Not to live the life, but to love the people.”-Huckabee #RememberingJones

— Olivia Luse (@olivialuse) May 2, 2013

“He wasn’t just singing songs, he was painting pictures of life.” – Governor Mike Huckabee #RememberingJones @gjpossum

— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) May 2, 2013

Amen. Rest in peace, George Jones. We’ll miss you, Possum.

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