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The Westboro Baptist Church has announced it plans to picket the funeral of country star George Jones, set to be held Thursday morning at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

In a press release, the organization calls Jones a "drunkard," and says he "used his talent to glorify himself and engage in much adultery."

The demonstration is set to start at 9:15 a.m. and conclude 10 a.m., when the funeral service is set to begin inside.

In response, musician Lee Marcus is encouraging attendees to "form a barricade between those nuts and the funeral," in a post on the Facebook page "Old Farts and Jackasses."

"Don't let this CULT make this sad day even harder," he writes. The post currently has more than 2,000 "likes" and 1800 shares.

Jones, a Country Music Hall of Famer and Middle Tennessee resident, died April 26 in Nashville at age 81.

Numerous country stars and other famous friends are set to make appearances during Thursday's service, including former first lady Laura Bush, Governor Bill Haslam, Kenny Chesney, Wynonna Judd, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and many more.

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