George Jones was at peace in final days, says widow

George Jones was at peace in final days, says widow

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Nancy Jones Nancy Jones
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

George Jones's widow is sharing details about the last days of the country music legend's life.

"I told him I know he's going to heaven. We knew the end was coming, and we did a lot of praying in the last month or so. He was so proud that he kind of kept it away from everyone and would just try to do the best he could with what was going on. He was a very, very brave man," said widow Nancy Jones.

She said they knew for awhile that her husband's health was fading fast, but they chose to keep it quiet because they didn't want to worry family and friends.

"He never was in pain, and he was alert until about six hours before he passed. No suffering and he was joking and saying, 'Why y'all crying?' He said, 'I'm going to heaven.' I truly believe he's there right now," she said.

She said she is touched by the outpouring of support that she has received and is thankful that so many people cared for her beloved husband.

"I hope everyone comes out Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Grand Ole Opry. He's probably up there singing right now, and it's going to be wonderful. He can look down and just smile and say, 'I didn't know I had this many friends,'" said Nancy Jones.

Channel 4 News will air the public memorial service live.

Coverage will be anchored by Demetria Kalodimos and entertainment reporter Jimmy Carter starting at 10 a.m.

The service will include tributes from former First Lady Laura Bush, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, the Oak Ridge Boys, Kid Rock, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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