WSGS Tribute: Gene Greenlee, 94, died on Monday. He was a well known musician who had a recording studio at his home in the Wabaco section of Hazard. “Gene was one of my mentors,” said Bernie Faulkner who did some recordings at Greenlee’s studio. “He was a great bass player and a great guy,” Faulkner said.
 
During the 1970’s, Greenlee was a regular musician on the Mark & Luke Walters radio show on WSGS. It was a gospel program that was also filled with instrumental jam sessions by Greenlee, E. C. Dixon, and Curt Eversole. Josephine Walters provided lead vocals. 

During the filming of the movie, Next of Kin, in 1988, actors Patrick Swayze and Helen Hunt made a trip to Greenlee’s studio in Wabaco where Gene gave them lessons on the fiddle. During that visit Patrick bought one of Greenlee’s fiddles which was featured in the movie.

Greenlee was a United States Army Veteran of World War II, a retired former coal miner, district manager for Mine Safety & Health, a member of the Minturn #19 Masonic Lodge in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and a member of the Eastern Star Krypton.

He is preceded in death by his wife: Garnet Levetta Bellar Greenlee; one son: Roger Greenlee; grandson: Dwight R. Greenlee; one sister: Vada Cottrill and two brothers: Charles and Millard Luther Greenlee.

He is survived by one daughter: Mollie Ann (Allen) Salyers; one son: Dwight Ronald Greenlee; five grandchildren: Ronda (Richard) Combs, Kenton Day, Greg (Alice) Day, Forrest (Teri) Greenlee and Roger Greenlee; nine great grandchildren: Cassandra (Tim) Callahan, Tyler Day, Taylor Day, Gregory Day, Dwight Greenlee, Matthew Greenlee, Tiffany Cowley, Taylor Cowley and Tara Cowley; eight great great grandchildren: Courtney Callahan, Natalie Callahan, Brevin Callahan, Cameron Callahan, John Day, Aliya Dygert, Alexis Dygert and Gage Cansdale.