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Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home

201 25Th Ave North, Nashville, TN

OBITUARY

Charles Kelley Looney

December 13, 1957November 4, 2019

Charles Kelley Looney was born on December 13, 1957 and passed away on November 4, 2019.

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Charlie McClain

November 21, 2019

So sorry to hear of Kelley's passing. We met years ago when he was playing with Marshall Chapman. Thankfully we were able to reminisce a little when I caught him with Steve in Chattanooga a while back. Prayers for his family and friends.

Allan Phillips

November 16, 2019

I've seen Steve Earle with his band over 20 times, so I had several opportunities to chat with Kelley. One time in particular, at Floore's Country Store in Helotes, Texas, Kelley was telling my friend and me about his new bass he'd played that night. It was a big ol' upright doghouse bass, but it cleverly folded up into a compact shape for transport. He was enthusiastic, like a kid with a new toy, telling us all about it. Sadly, I did not know him as a friend, only a fan, but he was extremely nice and very gracious each time we spoke. R.I.P. Kelley & all the best to his family & friends.

Karen Vasconi-Milton

November 12, 2019

Kelley Looney wasn’t just the nicest famous guy or the nicest guy in rock in roll. He was just a genuinely nice man. He was front of house behind a merchandise table in Tarrytown & started chatting with us as were paying for his CD. He said to wait, hang on a sec and we stood in a crowd talking about his CD art. Convo turned to my husband’s business & we were somehow talking about quilts. He asked for a card, I fished one out & told him not to sweat it (we knew he was just being kind). Conversation turned to family (it became apparent that Kelley was a man who loved his family & friends). We talked about about motivating art & music, travel & again family & friends, how it all ties together & how ALL of it is making art. We seldom hear from folks who ask for cards and I forgot about it immediately. It was a great music filled night & much to our surprise, an email from Kelley arrived filled with much insight. Clearly he’d spent some time poking around. It was a nice thing to take time out of a crazy-busy life, hit a small business, look around & circle back to an owner. No one commits a simple kindness like this, ever, but Kelley Looney did. A bit of an electronic conversation followed. He said he was sad we didn’t wait until after the show to chat further. The next time we saw him play was a few months ago in Ridgefield, CT. We picked up a Masterson’s CD & asked Evelyn & Chris to tell him the quilt people said hello. We hope the message got through. It’s with regret & sadness that we never waited a bit to have a further chat & share a few more little moments with this really good, good man. He was a kind hearted, big hearted, family loving, friend loving, talented & just all around nice guy. The world absolutely will be a lesser place without him. With peace, love & good artful melodies – Karen and Ted

David Savage

November 11, 2019

Genuine, the real deal. As a fan of Steve Earle over the past 30+ years I had the opportunity to meet Kelley a couple of times. Beyond his talent as a musician, he was always gracious and kind. The last time I saw Kelley was on October 29th of 2015. It was my dad's birthday and he had passed in 2014. I remember speaking with both Kelley and Steve about how much the concert meant to me that night and Kelley simply reached out and gave me a hug. Sending love and strength to all, he will be missed.

Jon Rochner

November 11, 2019

I always loved listening to Kelley's great groove and inventive note choices. He was one of my very favorite bassists.
Without a doubt, Kelley touched a lot of lives, both through his music and personality.
My thoughts are with his relatives, musical family, and fans.
Godspeed, Kelley...

Amye Patrick

November 10, 2019

Kelley was my first real “crush”. I was 14 and Kelley 16. My girlfriends and I would watch him and his friends play basketball at the Green Hills Y while we were supposed to be practicing gymnastics. I finally worked up the nerve to call him and we talked for the next five hours. We did that several times but alas, once my parents caught me going to meet him that was the end of that. My teenage heart was shattered. I didn’t see him again for twenty years until I saw him playing around town a couple of times. I was too shy to speak either time and I have always regretted it. Now my heart breaks all over again. I never forgot his sweet soul, nor his wicked sense of humor. Thank you, dear Kelley for the fond memories I still cherish. Godspeed, my friend.

steve busch

November 9, 2019

Absolutely devastating loss to me as a fan and appreciative person of Kelley's art, hard work & wonderfully amazing talent. My favorite bass player anywhere. I've seen SE & the Dukes so many times and Kelley's contribution to music that has been one of my favorite rewards in life cannot be underestimated. My condolences to his family, the entire Dukes family and to everyone who knew Kelley. Met him a time or two and he was wonderful to me. The world is worse off than it was before. I'm so sorry for Kelley's passing. RIP, Kelley, you will be terribly missed.

Sid Mcparland

November 8, 2019

I will allways remember Kelley with Steve Earle And The Dukes. I seen him so many times in Northern Ireland with my son and other family members which we enjoyed everyone of the shows. It is such a great loss to the band and his family. May kelley rest in peace.

Dan Balluff

November 8, 2019

I only knew Kelley through his yearly visits to play in Boise with Steve Earle and the Dukes. We became friendly when he and the band stopped by more store one day. He was so kind and offered me tickets to the show, came out and hosted us before and after the show. Since then, it has been a tradition for band members to come by and we supply them with road treats while they provide tickets to the shows. Despite only knowing Kelley through these yearly visits, his loss has really hit me hard. I think it is because he was so unassumingly kind. There was no pretense, just a thoughtful, kind, genuine man who enjoyed making connections with people when he toured. He has impacted many people it seems, in the same way. I will always remember him when I have the opportunity to be generous, kind and gracious to others. My best thoughts to his friends, family and bandmates. I am so sorry for your loss.

Mike and Doris Perry

November 8, 2019

I always enjoyed watching Kelley as a member of the Dukes. Have a very fond memory of talking with Kelley for several minutes a couple of years ago in Des Moines. Our thoughts and prayers for the rest of the band, and especially to Kelley’s family.