RFD-TV to broadcast George Jones funeral

Updated May 3, 2013, 10:21am CT

RFD-TV announced that it will broadcast a live feed of the public funeral services of country legend George Jones direct from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville this Thursday, May 2, beginning at 11am ET/10am CT. FamilyNet will carry a delayed feed of this broadcast, beginning at 2pm ET/1pm CT. RFD-TV will repeat its telecast at 10pm ET/9pm CT, and FamilyNet will repeat its coverage at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

George Jones passed away last Friday at the age of 81. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956, so it is appropriate that the public will be able to say their farewells to him there. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund. More details can be found at georgejones.com.

In a press release from Webster & Associates announcing that George Jones’ funeral service would be open to the public, publicist Kirt Webster said, “George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family.” A private visitation for family, friends and fellow performers is taking place Wednesday evening.

The public service for George Jones will include music from Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill with Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Kid Rock, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker and Wynonna. Former first lady Laura Bush, Kenny Chesney, Grand Ole Opry VP and GM Pete Fisher, Gov. Bill Haslam, Mike Huckabee, Barbara Mandrell and CBS News’ Bob Schieffer will all make special remarks.

“George Jones touched upon the lives of our viewers like few artists can,” said Patrick Gottsch, founder of Rural Media Group, Inc., the parent company of RFD-TV and FamilyNet. “He’s both a music legend and a symbol of the style of country music that has always been true to the heart of rural America. George has visited our Nashville studios many times, performed with many of our programmers and been a dear friend to RFD-TV and our viewers. This is the least we could do to honor his life.”

Broadcast of the George Jones memorial service airs May 2 live beginning at 11am ET/10am CT on RFD-TV. RFD-TV will re-air the entire coverage May 2 at 10pm ET/9pm CT.

A delayed feed of this broadcast of the George Jones memorial service airs May 2 beginning at 2pm ET/1pm CT on FamilyNet. FamilyNet will re-air its coverage May 2 at 8pm ET/7pm CT.


UPDATE 5/3/13:
There have been numerous inquiries about whether the George Jones memorial service will be re-aired. Unfortunately, RFD-TV will not be able to re-air it. According to a spokesperson for the network, “Because of a broadcast restriction on the event, all repeats of the George Jones Tribute had to occur within a 24-hour period. RFD-TV ran two repeats yesterday [May 2], as did our sister-network, FamilyNet. Viewers who wish to enquire about additional repeats (especially online) are being urged to contact www.georgejones.com to see if they will be providing an online stream of the event or DVD copies. Our apologies to viewers that we are unable to offer a Saturday repeat, which was the original intention.”

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George Jones: Courtesy of Webster & Associates, LLC.

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42 Responses to RFD-TV to broadcast George Jones funeral

  1. Donna Carter says:

    Would love a copy of the funeral and tribute to George Jones please reply

  2. Not right !! says:

    How is it that Whitney Houston’s funeral could be aired on sooooo many stations, but George Jones’ funeral didn’t even get any publicity in my area. I didn’t even know it was on !!!!!! I cannot believe this….sure, Whitney had a great voice, but she was no GEORGE JONES!!

  3. j. dan metcalf says:

    would like to purchase copy of GEORGE JONES FUNERAL

  4. HERBERT FOSTER says:

    retired from pepsi had george jones in town few time for speed street and 4 july would like to see rerun of memorail service for all the fans that love george

  5. charlotte totton says:

    we were very disappointed in the service for george jones. It was not coming in on the 2nd of may as there was trouble with your station and it did not air sat night at 7; 00 as announced. this is something we were looking forward to watching as he was a great man.
    thank you

  6. Sharon Rohr says:

    George jones will be and always be missed my heart and feeling is with Nancy and the rest of the George jones family I also missed the service so please, Please rerun the service

  7. David Rohr says:

    please rerun the George jones service I was working the day the service was aired and I miss the service George jones will be greatly missed

  8. Myrna says:

    Please please please rerun the memorial, I was at work and did not kno it was on that night, We would so love to watch it or if a DVD is available I would love to purchase it

    • BILLY TALTON says:

      PLEASE HAVE A RERUN OF GORGE JONES FUNERIAL. I RECORDED ALL I COULD , BUT DID NOT GET ALLEN JACKSON , SONG , HE STOPED LOVING HER TODAY, WHERE CAN I BUY SOME DVD , I WOULD LIKE TO BUY SOME , TO GIVE , CHRIARMAS PRESENTS

  9. Angie says:

    PLEASE RE-RUN GEORGE JONES MEMORIAL SERVICE. WE ONLY GOT THE FIRST HALF, NOT SURE IF IT WAS THE STATION OR THER WEATHER.

  10. Robert Martin says:

    Please Rerun the George Jones Memorial Service.

  11. Nancy H says:

    PLEASE HAVE RERUN TO GEORGE JONES MEMORIAL SERVICES. THANKYOU. WE WILL ALL MISS HIM

  12. kirk says:

    Will George Jones’ funeral be on a DVD?

  13. david boozer says:

    please rerun services

  14. Ron Smith says:

    Please rerun the George Jones Memorial Service. Even if you ran it late evening or early morning we could record it and it would not interfere too much with your sponsored programs.

  15. Dawn says:

    Is there any way humanly possible to re run the funerl services. I am completely devastated that I didn’t see it!!! Please re run soon :(

  16. grandmesa says:

    The wimpish Brian Williams only gave George 32 second of respect last night

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