MOLLIE S. WATERS/THE GREENVILLE 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.”