Nearly seven months after her legendary husband's death, Nancy Jones unveiled a monument in his honor near his grave site in Nashville's Woodlawn Cemetery Monday.
Jones' widow also announced the creation of a new scholarship at nearby Middle Tennessee State University.
"George received help from people as he strove to have a country music career," Nancy Jones said, adding, "So I am thrilled we will be able to help young people in [his] name. I know he would have loved this."
Jones said her late husband would have been particularly pleased she chose MTSU, since it has a high percentage of first-generation college students who face financial challenges.
The Chair of MTSU's Recording Industry program also revealed the department is developing a course on Jones' life and music.
Friday night, a who's who of country stars including Brad Paisley, George Strait, Reba, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church will pay tribute to Jones at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, in what was to be his final concert before his passing in April.
The sold out show will also be shown on big screens placed on the plaza outside the arena.
"You're not going to be left out. That is what George would want, so that's exactly what I'm doing," Jones said.