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Wayne Kemp

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.

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HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST Dec 22 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Wayne Kemp

Shirley Carter Apr 25 2019 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your great loss. Wayne will always be the Best, no one can come close to his beautiful voice. I also live in Lafayette, I had no idea he did, I was out of state for a while.
I have never heard 1 song of his I didn't love. I send his songs to everyone, it's Real country. Again, sorry for your loss, I hope country music realise what they lost. No Real Country anymore.

Shirley Apr 25 2019 12:00 AM

I was just thinking about who I called my friend WAYNE KEMP He used to stop in and visit me and talk about songs and writing . I love his songs and he had some of the best and biggest ever Some could make you get a tear in your eye but he also had some that were just true and funny. If anyone cares about who writes songs that you cant get them of your mine and if you never knew WAYNE KEMP take your time and look him up and see the songs he wrote.

Charles Alexander Jan 7 2018 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. Kemp.  My father, Sam Errington of Knoxville, played music in the 70's and 80's with Mr. Kemp and I have some cherished recordings of those days.  I lost my father 20 years ago, but keep the sweet music playing!  I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kemp, but feel he was a fabulous entertainer!  May God Bless you.

Randy Errington

Randy Errington Feb 5 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to have learned of Mr. Kemp's death. My parents, Archie and Betty Woods loved and became friends with Mr. Kemp when he played at the Love Bug club in Lawton, Oklahoma....I have a signed picture of him....We were just talking about him yesterday and how he and the other Wayne who owned the Love Bug Club.
He will be sorely missed by our family. God Bless you all!

judy gayle pollan Jul 25 2015 12:00 AM

Wayne Kemp was such a talented singer and songwriter and friend always. I also failed to mention what a great guitar player. I know he will be missed by family, friends, fans. He was a nice guy with the best sense of humor, that came out in the songs he wrote. A good guy!

Janelle Eichhorn Mar 15 2015 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your loss wayne was my great great uncle my thought and prayers go out to all the family down that way.....the fullers Christopher and Amanda and Kingston fuller from muldrow oklahoma

Christopher fuller Mar 14 2015 12:00 AM

I enjoyed visiting with Wayne when he played the J & J Center in Athens, Ga. on many occasions. He was advertised on the radio as "One of North Georgia's All-Time favorites." He was so popular that he was the last act to play the J & J the night they closed for good. My sympathies to the family.

Charles Belflower Mar 11 2015 12:00 AM

Wayne always showed kindness to all people no matter their social status and certainly to this teenager in 1974-75 who was trying to find his niche in life. Wayne was also one of the great talents in Nashville.
My condolences to Patsy and Family.

The nephew of the late Mack Vickery

Lister J Victory Mar 11 2015 12:00 AM

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