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Fundraiser held for Rock Killough


Rock Killough (Mollie S. Waters/The Standard

Rock Killough (Mollie S. Waters/The Standard


A benefit fundraiser was held Saturday night at the Greenville-Butler County Library Pavilion to help Rock Killough, a singer and songwriter with deep connections to Butler County.

Killough said he knew from a young age he wanted to become a musician, but it was not something his family supported, at least not originally.

As Killough got older, he moved away from the area and tried his hand at different occupations, but his path kept returning him to music.

“I’ve always loved music,” said Killough.

Once Killough turned to songwriting, his work got picked up by some big name country music recording artists, including Hank Williams, Jr.

Over the years, Killough has performed live throughout the South and has lived in various places, even returning to Greenville to live in 2012.

Regrettably, Killough has suffered several health complications in recent months.

Local friend, Steve Norman, orchestrated the fundraising event on Saturday night to help Killough with his financial needs as he recovers from quadruple open-heart bypass surgery, which he had on August 30.

“After I had the surgery, I had a few more complications,” said Killough. “I developed A-fib, or atrial fibrillation, and then I was hospitalized again when the scar from my open-heart surgery developed an abscess.”

Killough said he is healing, but it is a slow process.

“I can walk again, but not far,” said Killough, “and it’s hard for me to hold a guitar now.”

Luckily, Killough has many musician friends who can still hold a guitar, and they were the ones who performed during the benefit for him on Saturday.

Mac Walter, Bo Roberts, Chris Newbury, Darrel Roberts and John Joiner were on-hand to entertain the crowd of supporters who came to Saturday night’s event.

“It means a lot to me that they came here tonight,” said Killough. “Saturdays are big nights for performers, so they could be somewhere else this evening.”



  1. Judy Bryte on May 10, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Knew Rock in Auburn where we sang together in a group we called “The Village Travelers “
    I remember him so fondly! Is there a way to get in touch?
    FYI, I went on with music and was signed to Opryland Records in the mid 70’s.
    Currently there n Panama City mostly retired!
    Rock will remember me as Judy Gore!
    Thank you!
    I hope this teaches him! Please share my email!

    • Tom Bohannon on June 18, 2022 at 11:24 am

      Hey Judy,
      This is Tom Bohannon. You may remember me as one of the Delts who loved to listen to you, Rock, and Rob.

      I think you were a Zeta. I married Helene.

      Hosts of this site: is there any way you can help me contact Rock and Judy directly? Please respond to my e-mail address.

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