Did the legend tour too hard for an 81 year old, or was he just doing what he loved?
I wrote this column on the day the world's greatest country singer was laid to rest, fate shutting down George Jones' final tour before he could officially retire himself. A star-studded farewell concert set for Nov. 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena will now continue as planned but as a tribute show. More than 15,000 fans had bought every available ticket to say goodbye to the legendary artist. Instead, fans, and many of the artists who would've honored him at that last show, bid farewell at Jones' public funeral at the packed Grand Ole Opry House on May 2.