Kyle Eugene “Gene” Kelley, age 68, of Greeneville died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Born May 22, 1951; the 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; sister: Barbara Ann Kelley; nieces: Linda Hayhurst and Carrie Tran; nephew: Charlie Joe Kelley; several cousins and great nieces; son-in-law: Michael Shelton. In addition to his parents, he is 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 on Monday, June 24, 2019 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.
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