HomeEntertainmentMusicWATCH: Charlie Daniels Delivered Powerful Eulogy at George Jones’ Funeral in 2013, Performed ‘Softly and Tenderly’

WATCH: Charlie Daniels Delivered Powerful Eulogy at George Jones’ Funeral in 2013, Performed ‘Softly and Tenderly’

by Anna Dunn
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The loss of country icon George Jones in 2013 was a great one, and Charlie Daniels knew this well. In this heartfelt Eulogy, Charlie Daniels speaks of Jones with great respect. Daniels describes Jones as “probably the most imitated country singer of all time.” He describes Jones’ phrasing, pronunciation, and melancholic voice as a “god-given natural talent.” Charlie Daniel’s eulogy is rich with beautiful metaphors and rich descriptions.

It’s a eulogy of great respect, and it’s definitely worth a watch. “He sang for us all. The non-stop partiers, the guy who’s always alone, the girl done wrong, the puppy lovers, the extrovert, the introvert, the guy at the end of the bar who never seems to go home, the happy, the unhappy. George had a song for everybody.” Charlie Daniels spoke of Jones in a way that encapsulates the mark he left both in the music industry and in the hearts of those who loved his music.

Charlie Daniels’ performs of “Softly and Tenderly” following his eulogy and it’s powerful and emotionally resonant. Charlie Daniels’s song choice exemplifies his musical talent, his faith, and his respect for Jones. With his unwavering voice, Daniels’s performance delivers a touching message to the late Jones just as powerful as the eulogy.

Daniels passed away in 2020 at the age of 83, leaving a lasting mark on country music. Known for his song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Daniels’ influence spread far and wide.

George Jones’ Impact

As Charlie Daniels touches upon in his eulogy, people knew Jones for his distinctive voice and lyricism. His biggest hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” is just one example of his talent. Johnny Cash once said George Jones was his favorite country singer. His impact on the world of country music can’t be understated. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas in 1931. He had one brother and five sisters. His father bought Jones his first guitar when he was 9 years old, and George never stopped playing after that. In the early 50s, he was enlisted in the US Marines until his 1953 discharge.

Throughout his life, though, Jones struggled with alcohol addiction. Known for missing shows due to alcohol use he got the nickname “no-show jones”. In 1967, he was admitted to a hospital for treatment. Jones became fully sober in 1999.

He married four times, including to singer Tammy Wynette. In 2013, he passed away from hypoxic respiratory failure. A week after his death “He Stopped Loving Her Today” made it back into the top country charts.

Watch the eulogy here: