Robert "Bob" Wootton

Born in Paris, AR on March 4, 1942

Departed on April 9, 2017 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Robert “Bob” Clifton Wootton, age 75, passed away at 3:30pm on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Bob is survived by his wife of 33 years, Vicky, and his daughters, Scarlett (Mark) Keen and Montana (Seth) Burgess.

Bob joined the United States Army in 1961 right after he graduated high school and was proud and honored to serve his country for three years. A fan in the truest sense of the word, Bob was Johnny Cash’s lead guitar player from 1968 up until Cash’s retirement in 1997. He finished out his career touring as The Tennessee Three and played to sold out crowds in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Italy, England, and the United States. When Bob wasn’t on the road, he was quite the home-body and enjoyed just spending time with his girls. He loved to go fishing and watching Westerns and the Dallas Cowboys play football. Bob and Vicky are members at and attend Cornerstone Nashville.

We would like to thank all of the friends, family, and fans that have been in prayer for us over this past week and ask that you continue to pray for us as we deal with Heaven gaining our beloved husband and father. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 4PM-8PM at Hendersonville Memorial Gardens. Bob’s life will be celebrated at Cornerstone Nashville on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11:00AM with visitation starting at 10:00AM. Burial will be at Hendersonville Memorial Gardens. All are welcome to attend.

31 Comments to Mr. Robert "Bob" Wootton

  1. Jake knelsen
    April 10, 2017 9:41 pm

    My condolences to the Wootton family.

  2. James Bush
    April 10, 2017 10:44 pm

    My condolences to the Wootton family, it was a pleasure meeting Bob on a couple occasions, very pleasant man to speak with and a great musician. Sending my prayers to the family.

  3. Rosemary Popielarski
    April 11, 2017 7:45 am

    My prayers and thoughts are with Bob and his family. I had the chance to attend many Johnny Cash Shows and enjoyed not only Bob’s guitar playing but it was a real treat when he sang.
    My Dad passed in January and it has been the memories that help me everyday. Every time memories come to mind be sure that Bob is up there and sharing along with you.

  4. Robbie and Pam Cheatham
    April 11, 2017 1:44 pm

    Vickie, Scarlett and Montana, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Bob was a great musician. Love ya’ll.

  5. Mary Breland
    April 11, 2017 1:46 pm

    Vickie, Scarlett and Montana, You are in my prayers at this time of loss. I have many fond memories of ya’ll thru the years.

  6. Billy White
    April 11, 2017 4:32 pm

    Vickie, Scarlett and Montana. I’m so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing and sad that I wasn’t able to make it up to see you and him again. Please know that you’re in my thoughts and have my sincere condolences.


  7. Darryl Wootton
    April 11, 2017 9:46 pm

    Dear Vicky, Scarlett, and Montana,

    Our prayers are with you! May the Holy Spirit, who is THE COMFORTER, surround you in this season. We loved Uncle Robert and know he is in heaven. We will see you this week.

    Love and prayers,
    Darryl & Faith Wootton

  8. Henry V Vaccaro
    April 12, 2017 9:49 am

    Vickie,Scarlett and Montana
    Vickie there is nothing I can say at this time .I know how much Bob loved you .I also know that Scarlett and Montana were the light of his life .I wish I could be there with you in your time of need . I am unable to travel at this time ,but I may not be there physically but my Heart is there with all of you. Bob was like my brother ,I soon discovered that the first day we met. There was nothing that I wouldn’t do for him or he do for me .My prayers are with you all
    Love Henry

  9. Floyd Family
    April 13, 2017 11:58 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. May you take comfort in God’s promises for the future as described in the Bible at Revelation 21:3,4. Take care

  10. Chappel Fisher
    April 13, 2017 6:29 pm

    It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen Bob. So sad to hear this news. Prayers to his family and friends. 🙁

  11. Bill Mason
    April 13, 2017 7:14 pm

    What a great guy, so talented, and kind to his fans.

  12. Rodney Blake Powell
    April 14, 2017 12:15 am

    It was an honor and privilege to know and tour with Bob and his family. They ended each show every night honoring our lord. And would not leave the building till every fan had a chance to visit with us and get photos. My heart goes out to my Tennessee Three family…
    God Bless,
    Rodney Blake Powell

  13. John Aikin
    April 14, 2017 11:30 am

    Bob drove entertainer coaches for us at Senators for a number of years, after he stopped touring with Johnny Cash. He was loved by all of us here at Senators Coaches. We have received messages of condolences from Bob’s friends from his driving days. Charlie Hernandez with Sting asked me to pass on his sympathy to the family.

    “I just heard Bob is gone… a very sad day indeed… He was a kind and wonderful man… a stand up guy…. he will always have a warm place in my memories
    Please pass my and my family’s condolences to his family”



    Rest in Peace Bob
    John Aikin- VP Senators Coaches

  14. Kim Kilgre
    April 14, 2017 8:49 pm

    Our prayers are with you.
    Mr Wootton was a fabulous guitar player and a real gentleman to the fans.
    He will be greatly missed but can you image the joyous music heard in heaven.

  15. Anthony Vincent
    April 15, 2017 12:41 am

    I was seven years old when I first saw and heard a young Bob Wootton perform with Johnny Cash at Carnegie Hall shortly after Luther Perkins passing in ’68. Mr. Wootton not only helped keep the famous “sound” alive but forged his own musical legacy in the process. I got to meet him many years later here in NJ and he was kind and gracious to everyone who approached him. A fine guitarist and a true gentleman who will be truly missed.

    May God bless and comfort the entire Wootton family at this difficult time.

  16. John and Lisa Kelley
    April 15, 2017 2:35 am

    Vicky, Montana, Scarlett:
    I’m so sorry Lisa and I wasnt able to attend Bobs celebration of life and his journey to heaven. There isn’t anything
    No one can say at a time like this. No one can say the right words or do the right thing in times like these. From the first I met him to the last time I laid eyes on him, he made me feel just like a member of the family. We shared many great times and memories, especially one at Paragould, Arkansas. All Lisa’s love and prayers sent to you all. Vicky, Scarlett, and Montana, God bless you.

  17. Paul Manley
    April 15, 2017 11:20 am

    Our family sends sincere condolences to the Wootton family. We were big Johnny Cash fans and loved Bobs guitar playing. When the Johnny Cash Show would come to our hometown of Davenport Iowa they played at the Masonic Temple downtown.Back in the day a lot of country stars played there.Who could ever forget Anita Carter’s beautiful voice too.God Bless.

  18. Marilyn Soren
    April 23, 2017 4:10 am

    I met Bob Wooton in 1972 wihile living and working and going to school in Oklahoma City Oklahoma. I worked with his Mother and brother. They were so proud of their son and brother. I know they miss his very much. I truly enjoyed his music.

  19. Gert
    April 23, 2017 11:13 am

    Hallo Stephan,habe mich als Laie viel mit dem Thema &#it20;Gesundhe82” beschäftigt- bin jetzt 59 Jahre alt. Besonders der Vortrag über das Cholesterien hat mir gefallen!- hatte schon das Buch: Die Cholesterinlüge gelesen.Würde mich freuen, wenn Du mir die Tabelle über die 5 Elemente des Essens zumailen könntest.Danke im voraus.Michael Stelck

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  22. Francis Swayer
    April 29, 2017 4:59 pm

    Vicky, Scarlet and Montana it is a very sad day to hear about Bob’s passing. I watch video’s about him over and over with John and the Tennessee three he will be missed very much as one of the best guitar players ever. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, god bless.

  23. John Cleveland
    May 28, 2017 12:43 pm

    Very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My wife and I were fortunate to have met him at The Avalon Theater in
    Easton Maryland back in 2005. His story is a unique one and we will forever remember his wonderful spirit and
    special talent.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children. May God Bless Bob Wootton.

  24. Brent Johnston
    June 15, 2017 11:23 am

    I met Bob Wooton in Calgary, Canada when the
    Tennessee Three played @ Cowboy’s.
    He signed my “One Piece At A Time” & “The
    Sound Behind Johnny Cash” albums.
    Took his picture. Very pleasent & kind man.
    Saw him in concert with Cash 2 times.
    Loved his guitar playing.
    “Down At Dripping Springs” guitar lead just
    One of the hundreds recorded.
    God Bless Bob Wooton.
    Him & John back pickin’ again.

  25. Kathy Harrison
    June 26, 2017 4:50 pm


    Sorry we lost touch! I had tried to find out several times about how Bob and your family were.
    I have been sole care taker for Mom since Mike passed in ’06. It’s a hard job when you are the only one.
    I know Bob is walking with Jesus. God is the way, the truth, and the light. I have seen the LIGHT.

    God be with your family and please come see me
    or call if you ever come back to your old home.

  26. Patrick Joseph Logan
    August 8, 2017 10:45 pm

    It was an honor to have met Bob in Osage, Iowa. We had quite the conversation, after his excellent performance. I grew up listening to him with Johnny. I am surely gonna miss you Bob. Your friend in Charles City, Iowa..

  27. William C. Lindsey
    August 11, 2017 6:53 pm

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Bob Wooton. He was a natural and creative guitar
    player. May the “Cash Sound ” live forever.

  28. Dorothy Weller
    August 29, 2017 6:34 pm

    I saw Bob Wooton perform 3 times in New Ulm Minnesota and he was absolutely wonderful if I would have closed my eyes have believed Johnny Cash was standing up there my condolences to the family

  29. Eric Jensen
    November 8, 2017 10:20 pm

    I met him backstage in Rochester Mn with my son. Something we will not forget. Talked music it was nice to spend time talking with him and hearing him play .

  30. Reba Berkheiser
    November 9, 2017 7:11 am

    My Heart broke last night watching the CMA’s. I am so sorry to hear Robert Bob Wootton passed away earlier this year. Vicky, Scarlett and Montana I hope your hearts heal fast. I will make sure I give Joyce a few extra hugs when I see her. I need to make sure and take Tyler with me, so she can see how much he has grown over the years.

    It was always a pleasure to see Bob perform with John and June. I loved going to Branson, Mo to see them all.

    Jeff, Reba, Trevor and Tyler

  31. Steve Kath
    March 8, 2020 10:34 pm

    Vicky, Scarlett and Montana,

    I apologize for not responding sooner. I was fortunate to meet all of you in Owatonna, Minnesota a number of years ago and have seen Bob perform on a number of other occasions.

    He was a Great Guitarist and a Better Human Being. He was truly the Sound behind Johnny Cash and we were all so fortunate to have had the opportunity to see him carry on the sound that he maintained for Johnny after Luther died. Every time I hear a Johnny Cash song (which is often) I love to hear Bob’s picking!!!

    Hope you are all doing well and should be proud to be his family.

    God Bless

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