12:10pm PT by Erik Hayden
Kid Rock, Brad Paisley to Perform at George Jones Funeral
George Jones' public funeral at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House has added a star-studded slate of country stars to pay tribute to the music icon.
The service is set take place at 10 a.m. Thursday. Among others, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Wynonna Judd, Brad Paisley and Randy Travis were announced as performers at the remembrance. Former first lady Laura Bush, Gov. Mike Huckabee and singer Kenny Chesney are scheduled to make remarks.
Jones died at age 81 on April 26 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "Country music lost a legend today. George Jones is one of the greatest of all time. Rest in peace my friend," wrote Kid Rock on Twitter shortly after the news of Jones' passing.
Paisley, in a note posted on Twitter, wrote of the singer: "George Jones' life is an example of so many wonderful things; How someone's God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place. How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again. That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again."
A private service for family and friends was set for Wednesday at an unidentified location.