Judy Meade Sumpter of Medora, Ind., formerly of Kingscreek, drove her sister, Cassie Gibson of Cowan and their niece, Tammy Mitchell of Kingscreek, along with a dear family friend, Bertha Turner of Ingram’s Creek, to Nashville, Tenn., to attend the memorial service for country music Legend George Jones.
Shortly after their arrival in Nashville May 1, they realized, “If we were going to get into the stadium for the memorial service we would need to stay and hold our places in the line through the night,” Gibson said.
There were bleachers set up for the public and Gibson and Mitchell did just that, they sat and laid on the bleachers in the cold for over 14 hours to have the opportunity to say goodbye to the beloved musician.
By 5 a.m. the next morning, droves of adoring fans began arriving to show their condolences and grieve the loss of what many dignitaries, celebrities, and fellow musicians called our most beloved country music star ever . ese women were number Th
14, 15, 16 and 17 of the 4000 fans to be allowed entrance into the Opry Land for the memorial. Like the television and Internet viewers from around the country could attest, it was a real country funeral. The love, respect and admiration for the husband, father, friend, musician and man was very moving.
When Vince Gill sang our ‘Kentucky Mountain Girl,’ Patty Lovelace sang, ‘Go Rest High On That Mountain,’ and Alan Jackson’s rendered ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today,’ there was not a dry eye in the house.
The womenalso participated in live interviews with Nashville Fox Channel 17.
The women spent a few more days resting and sightseeing before returning home on Saturday evening.