On Monday afternoon, friends, family and press gathered at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Nashville for the unveiling of a monument honoring one of the finest voices in country music: the late, great George Jones. The Possum's widow and wife of 30 years, Nancy Jones, also announced another kind of memorial: With her initial donation as the seed, Middle Tennessee State University will establish the George Jones Scholarship Fund. In her remarks (see the video above), Jones emphasized the importance of assistance for first-generation college students and those with financial hardships, which played a part in the decision to establish the fund at a public university. "George would smile down on that," she said.
The press release wasn't specific on which prospective students will be eligible for scholarships, but Department of Recording Industry Chair Beverly Keel will oversee the fund's donation drive, suggesting that the focus will be on the School of Mass Communication. In addition to housing the Recording Industry, Electronic Media Communications and Journalism departments, Mass Comm includes the Center for Popular Music, a mind-blowing resource that every aspiring producer and record label admin should get lost in.
Keel also mentioned that an academic course on George Jones' career is also in the works. Speaking of which, "Playin' Possum: The Final No-Show," the star-studded tribute that was to be Jones' final public appearance, will go down Friday at Bridgestone Arena.