Country legend George Jones married Nancy Sepulveda the woman he called the love of his life on this day back in March 1983.
Jones and Nancy kicked off their country love song at a concert. With a twist of course. One of Nancy’s friends convinced her to go to the venue where Jones held a show. Her friend was a fan of the musician and was dating Jones’ manager, but she hated Jones’ songs herself. Nancy reluctantly agreed to go. Something changed while Nancy was at the concert. Seeing the musician perform on stage, Nancy fell in love with him and his music.
They later met backstage, and Jones charmed Nancy. She was aware of Jones’s reputation and his substance abuse addictions. You don’t get the nickname No Show Jones for nothing. Jones had been married three times and also divorced three times. He married Dorothy Bonvillion, Shirley Ann Corley, and Tammy Wynette. His last divorce to Wynette had devastated the artist.
But Nancy also saw a good man, and she couldn’t help but fall in love. The two ended up marrying in 1983 at Jones’ sister’s house in Woodville, Texas.
Nancy Sepulveda Saved George Jones
Jones credits Nancy with saving his life and ultimately helping him kick his addictions. She was patient, kind, and also stern as well. Nancy acted as a calming element in her husband’s life, nudging him back to the path of the angels. It didn’t happen overnight. But Nancy didn’t give up.
“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.”
In 1999, a car crash finally convinced Jones to give his vices up for good. Previously, he wrote in a biography how Nancy had made him a better man. But the crash made him change his ways for both their sakes.
“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.”
Until the day he died in 2013, Jones didn’t touch alcohol or any other substances. The couple remained happily married for the rest of Jones’ life.