Country Throwback: George Jones Reveals How Wife Nancy ‘Saved’ Him in 1996 Autobiography

by Matthew Wilson

Sometimes, the fourth time is the charm. George Jones credits his fourth wife Nancy with saving both his life and also his soul as well.

Everyone likes to believe that their love is life-changing. But perhaps in Jones’ case, that was actually true. In his 1996 biography, Jones revealed how he fell in love with Nancy and how her love for him made him a better man.

“No teenage boy ever fell harder for a girl than I fell for Nancy Sepulvado. When I met my future wife on a blind date in November 1981, I had no idea that someday she would save my life,” Jone wrote in his autobiography. “They say love can change the world,” the country legend continued. “I’m here to testify that it changed one man. Friends, family, doctors, therapists, and ministers had tried to save me, but to no avail. But finally, the power of love from one woman, Nancy Jones, made the difference.”

Jones’ struggles with alcohol and drugs have been widely publicized. For most of his life, Jones alternated between two extremes, struggling against his vices. His addiction affected his relationships with women, and the country legend went through three divorces before meeting Nancy. He was married to Dorothy Bonvillion, Shirley Ann Corley, and Tammy Wynette.

Wynette had been a painful divorce for Jones in 1975. For a time, the two were considered country music royalty and traveled as duet partners, much like Johnny Cash and June Carter. But when he met Nancy in 1981, Jones’ entire world changed.

George Jones Met Nancy Sepulvado on a Blind Date

Nancy hadn’t been a fan of Jones’ music. But her friend was dating Jones’ manager and dragged her along to one of Jones’ concerts. She instantly fell in love with Jones’ music and later Jones himself. The two married in 1983 at Jones’ sister’s home in Woodville, Texas.

Nancy was aware of her husband’s issues and addictions, but she saw the good man he was underneath that. Still, Jones didn’t change overnight or even by the time he wrote his autobiography. It took until 1999 for Jones to kick his habit for good. A car crash landed him in the hospital. Jones realized he needed to change his ways for both himself and his wife.

“God put me with him to help him get the devil out of him, God put me there to do a job and I did it,” Nancy told The Tennessean. “God told me, ‘If you leave him, he’s going to die.’ And I said, ‘You know what — you’re too good of a man to let go to hell and I’m not gonna let you do it.”

After that, Jones remained sober until his death in 2013. After his death, Nancy installed a monument in his honor that read “He Stopped Loving Her Today.