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George Jones died April 26, leaving behind a long legacy and a legion of faithful fans. Thursday, the country music star known as "The Possum" will be honored with a public funeral that has already drawn hundreds -- some who slept in line overnight.

Here are updates from the staff of The Tennessean in Nashville which is in the Central Time Zone, an hour behind Georgia.

6:30 a.m. - George Jones fans have been camped out since Wednesday night to be the first in line for the Country Music Hall of Famer's public funeral at the Grand Ole Opry House this morning.

By 6 a.m., hundreds of funeral goers had joined a line that snaked around the Opry House. Check back here for more updates as we talk to fans and report live from the funeral service, which is set to feature performances and presentations by Kenny Chesney, former first lady Laura Bush, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and many more.