NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Thousands of fans are expected to join some of country music's biggest stars in mourning George Jones.           

The late country music superstar's funeral will be held Thursday morning at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Jones died last week at 81.           

Former first lady Laura Bush will speak at the funeral along with friends and fellow country stars Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Chesney. Jones also will be serenaded by Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker, Wynonna Judd, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis, who were all scheduled perform at the public memorial with several others.           

The funeral will be broadcast live on cable music television channels CMT and GAC.