Bob Kelly, GCWR President and CAC Board Member, passes away

It is with a heavy heart that the Cauliflower Alley Club announces the passing of “Cowboy” Bob Kelly.  The Cowboy, whose real name was Robert Raymond Kelley, was 78 years of age.

The Cauliflower Alley Club extends our deepest gratitude to the “Cowboy” for his years of service to the CAC. What a class act! You will be missed, our dear friend.

Bob and his wife Chris were beloved by all of the club’s members.  Thanks to Scott Romer for this great photo of the two.

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Bob got his start in wrestling in 1958, putting up rings for Wee Willie Davis in Louisville, KY. He then went to Mobile, AL where he was wrestling for Lee Fields’s Gulf Coast Wrestling in 1965. He stayed there as the booker until Lee sold the territory in 1977. In his years in the business, Bob worked as a ring boy, ring announcer, referee, wrestler, promoter, and booker. Currently, Bob served as the President of the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion in Mobile, AL, a position he has held since former President Fields passed away on June 4, 2000. Bob was introduced to Dean Silverstone and the CAC by his dear friend and CAC Lifetime Member, the late Eddie Sullivan. In addition to being on the CAC Board, Cowboy was honored by the CAC in 2007 and served as the official link between CAC and GCWR.

Here are some more great photos of the “Cowboy”, courtesy of Dr. Mike Lano!

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Lano5599RockRBobKellyCowboy Bob Kelly with Rock Riddle

LanoKellyBobChrisCowboy Bob Kelly with his wife Chris

LanoKellyDrakeCowboy Bob Kelly with Tom Drake

Check out his great career here, courtesy of OnlineWorldofWrestling.com.

Title History

  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Louisiana Heavyweight title defeating Don Carson (December 29, 1967);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Tag Team titles w/Bobby Fields defeating The Interns (September 1968);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Bobby Fields (September 4, 1968);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/ Bobby Fields defeating The Interns for vacant titles (October 1968);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Rocket Monroe (December 21, 1968);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/Ramon Perez defeating Sugi Sito and Mitsu Sito (Febuary 26, 1969);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Blue Yankee (September 4, 1969);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Blue Yankee (January 26, 1970);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Mysterious Medic (July 8, 1970);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating The Avenger (September 21, 1970);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Wrestling Pro (December 16, 1970);
  • City of Mobile Heavyweight title defeating Mike Boyette (December 23, 1970);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Brass Knuckles title defeating Don Fargo (January 1971);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Mike Boyette (January 13, 1971);
  • City of Mobile Heavyweight title defeating Bobby Shane (March 17, 1971);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Terry Garvin (March 18, 1971);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Wrestling Pro (March 28, 1971);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Jackie Fargo (sub for Don Fargo) (April 1971);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Eddie Sullivan (June 10, 1971);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Rip Tyler (June 16, 1971);
  • NWA Mississippi Tag Team titles w/Frank Dalton defeating Eduardo Perez and Rip Tyler (September 16, 1971);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) United States Tag Team titles w/ Mike Boyette defeating Bobby Shane and Calvin Pullins (December 15, 1971);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Don Fargo (January 19, 1972);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Eddie Sullivan (January 24, 1972);
  • NWA Mississippi Tag Team titles w/ Bobby Fields (February 3, 1972);
  • NWA Mississippi Tag Team titles w/ Bobby Fields (March 1972);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title Awarded (April 12, 1972);
  • City of Mobile Heavyweight title defeating Gorgeous George Jr. (May 24, 1972);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Gorgeous George Jr. (July 12, 1972);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Wrestling Pro (October 10, 1972);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title defeating Wrestling Pro (November 22, 1972);
  • City of Mobile Heavyweight title defeating The Spoiler (December 13, 1972);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Mysterious Medic (December 14, 1972);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Mysterious Medic (February 8, 1973);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) United States Tag Team titles w/ Ken Lucas defeating Wrestling Pro and Mysterious Medic (February 13, 1973);
  • NWA Mississippi Tag Team titles w/Frank Dalton (March 1973);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Duke Miller (January 17, 1974);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) United States Tag Team titles w/Rocket Monroe defeating Gunga Din and Kubla Khan (February 21, 1974);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/Bobby Fields defeating Hell’s Angels (February 4, 1975);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title (February 20, 1975);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Chris Colt (March 13, 1975);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Bounty Hunter (August 28, 1975);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Melvin Kimball (September 25, 1975);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Duke Miller (May 6, 1976);
  • NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team titles w/ Rip Tyler defeating Dutch and Ron Bass (May 18, 1976);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Mississippi Heavyweight title defeating Sweet Daddy Banks (July 15, 1976);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Alabama Heavyweight title defeating Wrestling Pro (November 19, 1976);

Career Highlights

  •  1963: Bob Kelly wrestled Wee Willie Davis.
  • Bob Kelly then wrestled Doug Kinslow in Louisville in front of 5 or 6 thousand people.
  • 1965: Bob Kelly’s first road trip to North Bay, Canada.
  • October 1965: Bob Kelly met Lee Fields and his family and became excepted as part of his family, his booker and champion.
  • ~~~Until Fields bought the Mobile International Speedway and sold the territory known Gulf Coast Wrestling to the Fullers in 1977.
  • Bob Kelly held Tag Team titles with Bobby Fields, Ken Lucas, Mike (THE HIPPIE) Boyette, Rocket Monroe and Ramon Perz.
  • I want to thank “Cowboy” Bob Kelly himself, for supplying information for this profile-THANKS COWBOY!
  • Bob Kelly served as the President of the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion and a Board Member of the Cauliflower Alley Club.
  • Bob Kelly passed away on October 12, 2014.
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One Response to “Bob Kelly, GCWR President and CAC Board Member, passes away”

  1. To the Kelly Family and Friends:

    Thank you for sharing a Icon and person that wasn’t yelling I’m a Icon just went about his bizness like it was any other day just looking at the list of titles this man held he should be in the Hall of Fame. thank you to the people who put in work on this website
    it’s a thankless job but I’m here to say thank you for honoring this man!