Robert Gerald

July 26, 1941 ~ November 24, 2021

Born in: Daviess County , KY
Resided in: Owensboro , KY

Robert Gerald “Pappy” Nalley, 80, of Owensboro, Kentucky went peacefully to spend Thanksgiving with his recently passed wife, Joyce on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. They were married for 61 years. He was born in Daviess County on July 26, 1941, the son of the late Lester A. and Mary E. Beyke Nalley.

Gerald served in the Air Force after graduating Owensboro Catholic High School. He loved to raise a good crop of tobacco and a bountiful garden. He was a great sheet metal man and a jack of all trades. He was a faithful man who prayed the rosary and spent quiet time with his Air Force prayer book. He enjoyed reading western books, barbequing and became a connoisseur of crossword puzzles. Gerald was the best friend to all of his children and grandchildren. They will all cherish precious memories of time spent with him, especially in his last days. He will be greatly missed by all.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by many siblings and is survived by one sister Wanda Feller, a brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, several nieces and nephew, and great-nieces and nephews who called him “Uncle Bubby”. Gerald is survived by his four children, Robert E. Nalley, Rhonda (Jody) Jones, Monica (David) Mattingly, and Patricia (Charles) Payne; 12 grandchildren, Sidney (Jonathan) Gallaway, Matthew (Kelci) Hoffmann, Nathan H. (Natalie) Payne, Orrin “Doug” Payne, Elizabeth (Nick) McGehee, Theresa Mattingly, Madeline Mattingly, Aidan Payne, Jacqueline Mattingly, Erryl Payne, Ben Payne, and Andrew Mattingly; and one great-grandchild, Cylas.

Services will be held at noon Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at St. Stephen Cathedral. Visitation will be held 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at St. Stephen Cathedral.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of charitable donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky or a mass intention. Envelopes will be available at St. Stephen Cathedral.
Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Nalley. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Robert Gerald “Pappy” Nalley and sign his virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: December 1, 2021 10:00 am - December 1, 2021 12:00 pm

St. Stephen Cathedral
610 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

Service: December 1, 2021 12:00 pm

St. Stephen Cathedral
610 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Too many happy memories from 60 to 70 years ago ( summers ) when we were more like brothers than uncle/nephew. My heart goes out to Bobby Gene, Rhonda, Monica and Patti Kay. Losing “ Pappy “ and Joyce in such a close period of time is unfathomable. Gerald’s children, their spouses and children will be in my thoughts and prayers as they cope with their losses. You guys chose a good photo for the obituary.

  2. My condolences to the Nalley family. Gerald and Joyce were always good to me and my whole family. Many good memories from the early years in Sorgho.May their souls rest in peace.

  3. Lots of good memories of the times we spent with the Nalley family. We will miss them. Love and prayers to all of you.

  4. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you, all that love them!! I’m so very sorry for the loss of your Dad and your Mom!! I think the hardest thing God ask of us, is giving back to him our loved ones!! We grieve with you!! They were such sweet good people!! They will be missed so very much!! I’m sure heaven rejoiced when they arrived!! Hugs, love and prayers!!

  5. So many great memories of going to Joyce and Gerald’s after church on Saturday. Love and prayers for the Malley family during this time.

  6. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the Nalley family. He was a very kind man and always enjoyed seeing him at Church picnics!! Prayers for you all!!
    Brian, Amanda, and Meredith Fischer

  7. My sincere condolences to you all. Gerald was so full of life and always ready for a good laugh. It was always good to see him and your mom and the whole family at our reunions. They were truly loved and will be greatly missed.
    My love and prayers to you all.

    Angela Redmon

  8. To Bobbie, Ronda, Monica , Patty and families, my heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time . Gerald and a Joyce was so full of love for Jesus . They spread that to everyone that they came in contact with. All the Payne’s reunions, seeing them at Mass and even out shopping , always gave you a hug and wanted to know how everyone was doing . Your family means a lot to us we love you all and I know your Parents love us . Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and here anytime you need a cousin time together, Monica we are just around conner next road if you need anything . Sorry I could not make it to funeral , love you all
    Sandy Payne Mills🙏🙏

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