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By CHRIS TALBOTT / AP Music Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Numerous friends of the late country music superstar George Jones have remembered him for his kindness and love for his widow.

An overflow crowd paid respects to Jones on Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville during a public funeral. Several country stars and other notable figures sang and spoke during the nearly three-hour service.

Barbara Mandrell remembered the kindnesses Jones gave a scared 13-year-old girl just getting her start in the business. And Vince Gill remembered the man who gave him the nickname "Sweet Pea," a moniker he wasn't sure he liked at first but now treasures.

Jones died last week at age 81.