Ronald W. Kerr, who previously owned Sound Stage recording studio in Nashville, died June 8, 2015. He was 78.
The studio hosted landmark recordings by Garth Brooks, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams Jr., Reba, The Oak Ridge Boys, Waylon Jennings and numerous others. Legendary producer Jimmy Bowen leased the studio from Kerr.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Kerr was an accomplished businessman who worked in real estate and music. He was also an avid sailor, winning the J-24 Class, U.S. Championship twice. Kerr was a trumpeter and gentleman farmer, and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Friends and family say they will miss his vivacious spirit and love for life.
Kerr was preceded in death by parents Walter and Eleanor Burr Kerr. He is survived by loving wife Gwyneth B. Kerr; daughter Bonnie S. Kerr; sons Ronald S. (Wendy) Kerr, Robert W. (Lisa) Kerr and Donald W. Kerr; grandchildren Peter, Madeline, Amelia, Rowan, Daphne, Brianna and Veronica; and Marion Stahl Kerr of Miami, FL, mother of his children.
The cause of death remains unconfirmed, but according to reports he passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A life celebration will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015, 5 to 7 p.m. at Sound Stage Studios (10 Music Cir. S., Nashville, TN 37203).
Today Black River Entertainment owns Sound Stage.
Arrangements by Williamson Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens, 3009 Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN 37064.