Ramsey Kearney

Born in Boliver, TN on October 30, 1933

Departed on March 14, 2020 and resided in Nashville, TN

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William Ramsey Kearney was born in Bolivar, TN on October 30th, 1933 to David and Zora Kearney. He was the oldest of seven children; his parents were farmers, in fact- share croppers. At age 15 he had his own radio show at WDXI in Jackson, TN, and was known as the Dixie Farmboy. After winning second place at a talent show in his hometown, he told his mother he thought he would get himself a radio show. She told him he wasn’t good enough to get a radio show and he said, “I’ll show you that I am” and he did that a few weeks after their conversation.

Since Ramsey has been in Nashville, he has written for three major music publishing companies, the first being Cedarwood Publishing Company, where he co-wrote with Mel Tillis the award winning song “Emotions”. Among the artists that have recorded “Emotions” are: Brenda Lee, Juice Newton, Mel Tillis and Ramsey Kearney. Ramsey recorded for Safari Records and many of these releases made it to the Top 100 charts in Cashbox and Billboard Magazine. The Ramsey Kearney credentials range from songplugger, record producer, record label executive, music publishing administrator, arranger, songwriter, recording artist, radio announcer and business administrator. Ramsey had faith in his abilities as a songwriter and as a recording artist and will continue to do both.

Ramsey had a strong faith and was a member of Cornerstone Church in Nashville. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Ramsey loved animals, and for many years, kept a monkey and raccoon as pets.

Ramsey is preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Nancy Kearney, parents; David and Zora Kearney, daughter, Carlisa Willies, sister, Martha McFarland and brother, Gaylon Kearney. He is survived by his children; Ronda Jones (Randy), Randy Kearney, Lisa McRae and David Gordon, grandchildren; Dana Jones, Daniel Jones, Tiffany Mullins (Eric), Todd Kearney (Jamie), Kayleah Stump, Trevor McRae and Emily Gordon, great-grandchildren; C.J. Kearney, Delilah Kearney, Brayden Mullins and Breana Earls. Ramsey is also survived by his sisters; Carolyn McManus, Annette Kearney and brothers; Raymond Kearney and Frank Kearney, along with many extended family and friends.

Ramsey will be dearly missed by his family and remembered for his contributions to Country Music.


12 Comments to Ramsey Kearney

  1. David gordon
    March 16, 2020 6:04 pm

    Dad u will be truly missed and always loved..
    Tell mom we love and miss her too

  2. Shelly & Kenny Warren
    March 17, 2020 12:20 am

    So very sorry for your loss Lisa!! You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers!! Isaiah 41:10💕

  3. Linda Corbitt Jenkins
    March 17, 2020 12:24 am

    Ramsey you will surely be missed by many.You were a wonderful friend and a true gentleman.I loved you dearly as a friend and a brother in Christ.I think of the song”I can Only Imagine” and know you are surrounded by the beauty of our Fathers home he has created for all who believe.You will always be remembered.

  4. Michael Wayne
    March 17, 2020 12:44 am

    My Deepest Condolences to the Family. Though I never got to met him…it looks like he touched the lives of many in his lifetime.
    “Rest In Peace” my friend…

  5. Chuck and Poppy Campbell
    March 17, 2020 10:21 am

    Love and prayers for all y’all during your loss,,, but knowing that he had made his Peace with his Savior a long time ago is such a blessing. We love u all, Poppy and Chuck

  6. richard costa
    March 17, 2020 11:12 pm

    to ramseys family and friends so sorry for your loss i have been a fan of ramseys for years i collected his records i wish i would have met him in person im so honored that i became face book friends with ramsey rip ramsey you will be missed your passing is a big loss to country music

  7. Willadean McAlpin Bennett
    March 18, 2020 7:28 pm

    My sympathies to Ramsey’s family, especially his siblings who were our neighbors long ago. Rest In Peace… I know you were a special big brother

  8. Max and Barbara Grant
    March 18, 2020 8:45 pm

    I have known this sweet family all my life. Knew Ramsey as he played his first guitar. I have such sweeet memories of visiting in their home and they in ours. Ramsey has such talent and we loved when he came back to class reunions and sang for us.

  9. Tammy Guy
    March 18, 2020 10:14 pm

    Ramsey was a very good friend of mine was in a class I thought at the church and would join me at a nursery home and took the time to entertain the residents there he was truly a good man will miss him

  10. Annita Forte
    March 19, 2020 10:10 am

    So Sorry For Your Loss!! Prayer’s For The Family!!

  11. Lisa Green Stevens
    March 19, 2020 11:57 am

    My sincere sympathies to Ramsey’s family. Continued prayers for y’all. He was always so friendly and sweet the times I visited him with the Smith family. I remember playing his 45 record, “Keep Your Love For Me” over and over when I was ab age 10. I LOVED that song🥰. My mom, Betty Smith Green, was talking with Ramsey at an Oklahoma meeting. She told him I had moved to Gallatin/Hendersonville area. He told her to tell me to get in touch for a visit. I so cannot believe that I forgot!!
    Ramsey, you are now in God’s arms enjoying Heaven’s peace and rejoining with family and friends. I’ll see you down the road in heaven!✨👼🏻💕

  12. kjmays
    July 6, 2020 6:30 pm

    Blessings to you for the great work you did on the song ‘Blessed Jesus Lead Me’ written by this author and recorded by your music and studio. May the gospel music flow throughout. Thank you.

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