George Jones’ funeral will take place Thursday at The Grand Ole Opry House at 10 AM CT. The service will be open to the public. A private visitation for family, friends and fellow performers will take place Wednesday night at an undisclosed location. George died Friday in Nashville at the age of 81. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
All weekend long, celebs and fans have been tweeting and reacting to the death of the legendary singer on Friday (April 26th).
Carrie Underwood posted a picture of herself with "the possum" on twitter writing, "Happy memory of me and George. You may have left us, but your music and your legacy never will."
Brad Paisley wrote, "My friend, the greatest singer of all time, has passed. To those who knew him,our lives were full. To those of you who don't: discover him now."
Vince Gill wrote, "There aren't words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I'll miss my kind and generous friend."
Alan Jackson released a statement, saying, "Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I've known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music - there'll never be another. Like the song says, 'You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them...Who's gonna fill their shoes.'"
Dolly Parton issued a statement saying, "My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends."
Merle Haggard sad, "The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen."
Hank Williams Jr. said, "Today is a sad day in Country music. We have lost another piece of history. George Jones was not only a good singer, but was a good friend. He will be missed by many."
Randy Travis said, "I am very thankful I got to know George, he's one of the greatest singers that ever lived. I actually loved the man and really enjoyed the time I got to spend with he and Nancy."
Kenny Rogers said, "George Jones will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived. He was a true Country Music legend who made music very personal to the listener - I think more than anyone else. He will be dearly missed, but always remembered."
Barbara Mandrell said, "I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say 'George Jones'. He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend."
Travis Tritt said, "I am just devastated by the news that George Jones has passed away! The music world has lost one of the most original and innovative talents that the world has ever known. I feel such a personal loss of not only one of the greatest vocal influences of my life, but also I've lost a dear friend. Visits with George have always been full of joy and laughter. Every time I would see him, George would always greet me with a funny story or a joke! His legacy will put his name at the top of the most influential artists in history, right along with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. His voice will be influencing singers 100 years from now and beyond! I'm reminded of the lyrics that Waylon wrote in the tune 'It's Alright.' 'If we all sang like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones!'"
Toby Keith tweeted, "George Jones has passed. Damn. Thought he'd live forever. Let's break out his catalogue and play it all day Godspeed possum and family."
Little Big Town tweeted, "There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace. #GeorgeJones"
Clay Aiken tweeted, "Sad to hear of the passing of the great George Jones, Soundtrack to much of my childhood. We'll lay a wreath upon his door. Rest in peace."
Rob Thomas tweeted, "R.I.P. to a true country/american legend, George Jones. thanx for the music."
Billy Ray Cyrus tweeted, "I'm stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend George Jones.The very definition of a legend. Thoughts and prayers"
The Band Perry tweeted, "Country music and the world lost a true legend today... Mr. Jones, you will be greatly missed."
Hillary Scott tweeted, "Saddened by the passing of George Jones. Sending prayers up for his wife and family. Country Music will never be the same."
LeAnn Rimes Cibrian tweeted, "So sad we lost "the possum" today. R.I.P George Jones and know we didn't stop loving you today. You will live on forever in our hearts."
Dierks Bentley tweeted, "man....heartbroken"
Charlie Daniels tweeted, "Rest in peace George Jones There will never be another one like you and we'll miss you a bunch Buddy."
Blake Shelton tweeted, "Really REALLY bad news. We've lost a country music legend. And I've lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones... "
Martina McBride tweeted, "So sad to hear about George Jones . His voice and music will be with us forever. Thoughts go out to all his family, friends and fans."
John Rich tweeted, "Every serious country artist in the past 30 years has some #georgejones dna in their blood and music. My God. We've lost our Elvis."
Tim McGraw tweeted, "Gone ...... George Jones .....man he was country music"
Faith Hill tweeted, "We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away...Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and all of the family."
Jason Aldean tweeted, "So sad to hear abt the passing of George Jones. Country music has lost one of our pioneers & legendary icons. You will never be forgotten."
Kix Brooks tweeted, "Possum, angels got a serious lead singer today - God bless Nancy his loving wife - what a guy- what a voice - that was one hell of a show!"
Loretta Lynn said, "It's a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It's a sad, sad day."
Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts said, ""He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes."
Kenny Chesney said, "He had a voice that was the truth, raw and unfiltered. You cant get any realer, any more tortured or any more alive. No one can do what George Jones does, and that's why 50 years later, he still stands out as one of the greatest singers in any genre of all time. We were great friends, but it was really more like a father/son relationship. He even showed up in Lexington, Kentucky two years ago to surprise me onstage for my birthday... all the way from Nashville, to surprise me and sing 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' with me, which will be one of the greatest memories of my life. When I was just staring out, and I was picked to open the George Jones/Tammy Wynette Reunion Tour, I thought I'd made it... Then one night, George asked me if I was heading home because he and Nancy had a plane, and they'd take me. I remember sitting there on that jet, thinking, 'This can't be happening...' because he was George Jones, and I was some kid from nowhere...' I'm sure he knew, but he was generous to kids chasing the dream, and I never forgot it."
Photo: Chatham County Sheriff
Billy Currington’s recent legal woes have gotten him bumped as the pre-race act before next month’s All-Star race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Billy has been replaced by Josh Turner at the May 18th event after he was charged with making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person. He was released from jail after posting bond.
Taylor Swift has added another mansion to her growing list of properties. TMZ is reporting that Taylor plunked down $17 million in cash for an eight-bedroom, 11,000 square foot home in Rhode Island after touring it with her parents last month.
MCDONALD's CONSIDERS ALL-DAY BREAKFAST
McDonald's is considering rolling out an all-day breakfast, and possibly delivery. When? Hard to say. McDonald's president and chief executive says the fast food chain is always considering new options. Breakfast all day is already available in some countries.
WOMAN TELLS SON HE HAS CANCER AS PART OF SCAM
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Woman's Stolen Wallet Returned 23 Years Later
This reunion was a long time coming.
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Inside her navy blue clutch, 52-year-old Jeri Cox Chastain found mementos of another time, back when she was a single mom working two jobs to pay the bills.
In 1990, Chastain had stuffed the wallet with baby photos of her then 5-year-old son, NBC reports. His birth certificate was also tucked in there, along with their social security cards and her driver’s license.
At that point, the Reidville, S.C. mom was working in a hospital doing medical transcription. That hospital closed down and she now runs her own business. Her son is now 28 years old. And Chastain got married again, meaning her last name has changed.
Chastain said she replaced nearly everything in the wallet--except for the photographs.
"There's been a whole lifetime of changes," Chastain told NBC.
The wallet was found in the ceiling of the women’s restroom in a building near Chastain’s former hospital. Coincidentally, Chastain had worked in that building from 2001 to 2003, on the same floor. So for a few years, she had been walking right underneath her long-lost wallet.
"All that time, I had no idea. That is the weirdest thing," she said. "I don't really know how it got from Doctors' Memorial [HOSPITAL]to that building.”
Chastain has always suspected that the theft was committed by a certain co-worker. On the day she lost her walllet, the co-worker was talking about her own financial troubles.
"I said [TO HER], I'm a single mom with two jobs, I don't have any money," she said.
Inside, Chastain found old credit cards, photos, social security cards, and her son’s birth certificate.
Chastain left her desk to get something to eat. When she came back, her wallet was gone.
“I just thought it was probably thrown in a dumpster somewhere,” she told WYFF.
For a long time after that, Chastain refused to buy another wallet, fearing that someone else could steal her precious memories just as quickly.
“I was so mad,” she said.
Twenty-three years later, a police officer called her to say that her property had been recovered. At first, Chastain couldn’t remember what she’d lost. It had been so long.
The officer then mentioned that it was a navy blue “blast from [HER]past.” That’s when it clicked.
It had to be her wallet.
When she went to the police station the next day to claim her wallet, she came back with a time capsule. Chastain sorted through the treasure trove and found that most of her things were still intact. The money was gone and she had replaced nearly everything in there. Except for the pictures of her son.
“The pictures are perfect," she said. "There was one in there of him and I when he was three months old. I don't have any other copies of that one. I had forgotten I had those. Or forgotten that I didn't have them, as the case would be."
Chastain hopes to find the man who reported the wallet to the police. She wants to thank him.
"I really appreciate the man who found it,” she said. “Somebody not so good took it somebody really good gave it back.”
Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Reunite in Shirtless Photo on Instagram
Well, that's that, then. Both Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez took to their Instagram accounts on Friday, Apr. 26, to show a little PG-13 PDA amid rumors that the pair have reunited. The on-again, off-again couple let their actions speak louder words in their respective social media posts, putting their fans' doubts to rest -- for the time being.
In a particularly racy photo that he posted to his account, Bieber, 19, sits shirtless at a laptop with a playful Gomez, 20, sitting behind him with her arms wrapped around his waist. The "Come and Get It" singer gives the camera a sultry look in the snap.
"'You've been makin music for too long babe come cuddle' - her," Bieber captioned the black-and-white shot. Gomez similarly shared her own token of affection on her Instagram account late Friday, posting a snapshot of the pair together with the caption "My baby."
(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Words will never hurt Kelsey Williams. The NBA Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader was recently criticized for her weight by CBS Houston blogger Claire Crawford, but she's trying to focus on the positives.
According to the Daily Mail, Crawford came under fire on Wednesday, Apr. 24 after she reportedly asked readers if Williams was "too chunky" to cheer. "[Williams] has been criticized by some folks in [Oklahoma
"But if she's comfortable wearing that tiny outfit and dancing for NBA fans, then good for her," Crawford said. "Besides . . . not every man likes women to be toothpick skinny. I'd say most men prefer a little extra meat on her bones."
Commenters quickly criticized the blogger's post, calling it "offensive" and "disgusting." Many also argued that the image used in the story was simply an unflattering photo. The initial story was quickly removed from CBS Houston's website, but a cached version is still online.
Williams, however, isn't letting the remarks get her down. On Twitter Apr. 24, she wrote, "'To be womanly always, discouraged never.'" She then added, "We wouldn't know what blessings were if we didn't go through trials. Thank you to EVERYONE for the compassion and love today. I'm in awe."