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Wayne KempJune 11, 1940 ~ March 9, 2015 (age 74)
Wayne Kemp, age 74, of the Frogpond Community, passed away Monday morning, March 9th at Macon County General Hospital. Graveside services for Wayne Kemp will be held on Thursday, March 12th at 2:00 PM from the Anderson & Son Memorial Park.
Visitation with the family will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until we leave for the cemetery at 1:45 p.m.
Wayne was a songwriter and guitar player and had played for various artists, including George Jones, Patsy Cline, Red Soving and Conway Twitty. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999, having songs recorded by Johnny Cash, George Strait, Ricky Van Shelton and George Jones. Some of his songwriting accomplishments include 1977 Record of the Year for "Leona Don't Live Here Anymore"; 1986 National Songwriters Award and a BMI Citation for "The Fireman"; BMI Citation for "Love Bug", which was also a Top Ten song for two different artists; 1977 Top Ten Award and Song of the Year for "I'm The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised". He also wrote "One Piece at a Time" which went to #1 in 1976, as well as, "I'll Leave This World Loving You" which went to #1 in 1988.
He is survived by: wife, Patsy Kemp; children, Robert Kemp, Paula Hosale, all of Lafayette; Natalie Hudgins of Millersville; brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Kim Kemp of Muldrow, OK; sisters, Carol, Shirley, Peggy, Linda, Lillie and Virginia, all of Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren, Kimber, Joanie, Jennie, Josh, Jason, William, Jeffrey, Becky, Kaitlin and Emily; 11 great-grandchildren.
Family requests memorial donations be made to assist with funeral expenses. You may make these donations by calling or coming by the funeral home.