Grand Ole Opry Funeral for George Jones Goes Public

Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House has announced that it will hold a public funeral for the late George Jones this week.

The country music legend passed away on Friday at the age of 81. Jones, whose career spanned five decades, recorded dozens of hit songs including "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Tender Years."

Jones' funeral will take place on Thursday, May 2 at the Grand Ole Opry House, where the singer was a member since 1956.

The service will begin at 10 a.m. and will be open to the public.

"George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," his publicist Kirt Webster said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.

Last week, Webster said that Jones died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after receiving treatment for a fever and irregular blood pressure, according to the Associated Press.

Twitter was inundated with messages of mourning for Jones following the news of his death. Among the hundreds sharing their grief were fellow music super stars, including Carrie Underwood.

"Prayers going to George Jones' family today," wrote the singer. "Rest in [peace], George. You are loved and will be missed greatly."

Underwood's fellow "American Idol" alum Scotty McCreery also took to Twitter on Friday.

"RIP George Jones," wrote the country music singer. "A country music legend who will be truly missed."

Faith Hill noted Jones' family in a Twitter post.

"We lost one of the best voices God created this morning," wrote the country music superstar. "Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away… Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and all of the family."

Meanwhile, Jones' wife Nancy noted her gratitude for the support she has received following her husband's passing.

"Thanks to George's friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time," she said. "I love you all."

The Jones family has requested that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund in lieu of flowers.