Kyle Eugene “Gene” Kelley, 68, of Greeneville, died peacefully at his home Tuesday.
Born May 22, 1951, he was a son of the late Kyle Kinsel and Mary Pauline Jackson Kelley.
Fondly known as the Smoky Mountain Troubadour, Gene was one of the finest musicians and singer-songwriters in East Tennessee. He formed many bands in his youth in Greeneville. He was the Singing Cowboy at Walden’s Creek Riding Stables in Pigeon Forge, worked for Stella Parton singing at her Hat House Café and toured his solo act.
Survivors include his daughter: Regina Kelley; grandsons: Eric Shelton and Daniel Adams; a sister: Barbara Ann Kelley; nieces: Linda Hayhurst and Carrie Tran; a nephew: Charlie Joe Kelley; several cousins and great-nieces; and a son-in-law: Michael Shelton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother: Wallace H. Kelley and his wife, Audrey Lowery; and an infant brother: Kyle Kinsel Kelley Jr.
A celebration of life will be a casual gathering on the terrace of the General Morgan Inn Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.