OBITUARY

Eugene M. Golden

November 14, 1948April 24, 2021
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Eugene M. Golden 72, of Nashville passed away April 24, 2021.

Mr. Golden is a native of Nashville. For 25 years he was a vocalist and keyboardist for Kenny Rogers. As a member of Mr. Rogers’s band he was privileged to perform in all 50 United States and travel the World. Following retirement he continued studio work and record producing. In his free time Eugene stayed very active playing golf and tennis.

Mr. Golden is survived by his only child, daughter Nysha (Philip) Quirk; grandchildren Devon Bailey Quirk and Aidan Tyler Quirk; and sister Kaye Golden Wright.

Mr. Golden is preceded in death by his wife Manone Golden; parents John and Katherine Golden; brothers Frank Golden and Johnny Golden.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 4pm - 8pm at Hermitage Funeral Home and on Friday, April 30th from 10am - 11am. A Celebration of Life will begin at 11am. The Celebration of Life service will be live-streamed via Facebook on the "Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens" page. The live-stream will not begin until approximately 1 - 2 minutes prior to the beginning of the service. Burial will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Philip Quirk, Devon Quirk, Aidan Quirk, Keith Stem, Sam Childs, Aubrey Cole and Bobby Daniels will service as pallbearers.

Services

  • Gathering of Family & Friends

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Gathering of Family & Friends

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, April 30, 2021

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Beto Escamilla

April 30, 2021

I had the privilege of working for Gene at the apartment complex. I enjoyed his stories of the past, his band days, and the present, his family and that grandson he was so proud of. He was fun to be around. He will be missed by so many who had a chance to meet him.

Richlyn Jones

April 29, 2021

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. Gene randomly while working across the street from his home. We continued to chat often about a wide variety of subjects. I ALWAYS departed with much more knowledge than when I arrived! His amazing memory and extremely detailed recall always blew my mind. He could discuss in detail where he was (40 yrs ago) on what date and exactly what he was doing ....I couldn’t remember what I had for breakfast! We talked cars, trees, mowers, deer and yes politics.... I was honored to do some work for him and he was always so appreciative. I admired, respected him and feel so blessed to have known him.... he will be missed and the mark he left on my life will not be forgotten.... One of a kind Mr. Gene... May you rest in peace.

Mike Hergert

April 28, 2021

My first remembrance of Gene was 3rd grade at Stanford Elementary. He walked home with me and when we got to my house he saw that we had an upright piano. I will set the stage, I was taking piano lessons, and so Gene got on the piano and played Boggie Woggie like a pro and something else I can’t remember. My mom of course was awestruck, and said why couldn’t I play like him. Right! Like anybody could then or now. My wife and I went to see him at a club when he was with Bobby. They were great. In later years our paths crossed 3 times, all at Kenny Rogers Concerts, and he was always so gracious and humble when we got to talk at intermission. Later the last time we talked at a class reunion, he had lost his beloved wife, and he shared his loss. We of TRHS have lost a classmate and friend, and I believe the big pipe organ in heaven is now in fine hands.

Edgar Struble

April 28, 2021

My memories of Gene go back to January, 1976 when I first heard his amazing, high voice and his soulful B3 chops as he was performing with Bobby and Steve at the Holiday Inn Harding Place. He could sing like no other, and as I got to know him I realized he had more common sense than most others! Any time I had a question about how to grow something, Gene had the answer. And that smile! I can see it now. Rest in peace, dear bandmate and friend.

Bill Matthews

April 28, 2021

I go back with Gene to 1964. Together with Larry Apple, Doug Yoder, George Benham, and Johnny McDonald we formed a blue eyed soul band, The Squires. I was the first drummer in the group. My nickname was Box (not to be explained here). In October 1965 I went into the Marines. After that Eddie Bayers took my place. Playing with Gene and the guys was the most fun I have ever had. I still have my set of Rogers blue onyx drums. Eddie used them for several years after I left. I just can't seem let go of the memories attached to them. We played all over the Nashville area, Vandy, Don's Den, Pirates Cove, other high schools, once in a while on Jefferson Street and at Fort Campbell. Gene was the driving musical force in the group. Back then he played a Farfisi compact. He was a natural who could play anything he heard or chose to. We stuck to a playlist of soul music, hits by James Brown, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, to name a few. We practiced a lot over at Gene's old house on McGavock Pike in Donelson where Mr. and Mrs. Golden treated us like their own. What great people! It's easy to see where Gene got his good qualities. He was such a fun, easy going guy but when it came to music he could be very serious and always professional. Frankie was around back then and Kaye sometimes stopped in when we were practicing. It was just a very special time in my life that I have always treasured. And, Gene was at the center of it all. Laughing, singing, playing, joking around and being the cool guy that he was. I last spoke with him on the phone about six years ago. Reconnecting with was easy. We shared a lot of good memories. I am so very sad to learn of his passing. My heart is aching and my sincere sympathies go out to his family. He was a very special man who will be sorely missed. I live in Colorado now but tomorrow my heart will be with Gene as he is laid to rest. Next stop heaven where he'll have the angels singing and playing sweet soul music!! God bless, Box

james wolfe

April 28, 2021

Gene and I grew up together and in the 7th grade started practicing our music at Mr. and Mrs. Golden's house. Gene on piano and me on drums playing all the James Brown and Wilson Pickett songs we knew. That's where the great musical journey's took life and continued until Gene's passing. He was my childhood friend and great, great musician and I know he will be leading the band in Heaven.

Leslie Bridger

April 28, 2021

My strongest memories of Uncle Gene are from Sunday's at Nanna's. We would all eat fried chicken and the adults would stand and talk- Uncle Gene and Mom standing in the same exact stance, talking. I can so clearly hear his voice. Then there was always his music. Mom had so many stories of his genius. My love and heart go out to Nysha and her family. You will be missed Uncle Gene. I am sure you are singing harmony with the angels and making beautiful music in heaven. Rest in Peace

Brenda Burke

April 27, 2021

Nysha,

Sam and I were so sorry to hear about your Dad passing away. We felt very blessed to have known your family and have you all as neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

Love,

Sam & Brenda Burke

Sandy Rogers

April 27, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing Gene when he traveled with my brother, Kenny Roger's band. He was always so nice to me . I know he is in Heaven with my brother. He will be missed.

Keith Stem

April 27, 2021

The year was 1957. I was 8 you were 9, it was that summer that a lifelong friendship was born. Not only did I find you, but I found your entire family. You and Frank, both were like brothers to me. We grew together from children to men, the fun and mischief we had will never be lost in my heart. When we lost Frank, we both suffered the pain, now I have lost you and I am again feeling the pain. You may be gone, but I will never forget all we went though. I hope to see you again someday and once again marvel at your incredible musical talent. Until we meet again rest in peace my brother.

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