Dusty Hill’s Wife Writes Heartfelt Farewell to ‘The Dust’

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Dusty Hill and Charlene McCrory (Photo via ZZ Top Facebook page)

Dusty Hill’s wife, Charleen McCrory, posted a heartfelt farewell to her late husband late Monday night (August 2, 2021). The ZZ Top founding bassist and the actress married in 2002. Hill died July 28 at age 72. In McCrory’s post on ZZ Top’s Facebook page, she shared that last Wednesday morning “my greatest love woke me up and we talked and as he was sweetly chatting with me he suddenly stopped and he was gone in an instant.”

McCrory’s complete note: After 19 wonderful years of marriage that ended too soon, I’ve decided to step out into Dusty’s spotlight to thank all of his fans, colleagues and friends for the overwhelming outpouring of love for The Dust. It makes me hopeful he will not be forgotten.

He was the kindest, most gentle and caring man a woman could ever Hope to find in a lifetime. Many don’t believe in fairy tale marriages but Dusty and I truly lived one! We were inseparable.

He wasn’t supposed to leave me or all of you. That wasn’t the plan he and I had. The plan was for another round of physical therapy, with a different approach, to help his chronic bursitis. The plan was he would return to the second leg of the tour in September.

Early Wednesday morning my world and yours would lose a great musician and I would lose my greatest love. He woke me up and we talked and as he was sweetly chatting with me he suddenly stopped and he was gone in an instant. So, while I feel numb and lost and alone and in a million pieces, I know he will always be with me in my heart and soul and I will join him when the Lord calls me home to be with them. It is my hope you will always keep him in your hearts. He loved his fans and always remembered that without fans music is not heard. So, know he truly appreciated each and every one of you.

Dusty was an avid tv and movie buff…always quoting lines and so I share an embellished quote from This Is Us as my last love letter I send with him to his final resting place.

My Sweet Dusty,
The single most extraordinary thing I have ever done in my life is fall in love with you. The single most extraordinary gift I have ever received in my life was for you to ask me to marry you. I have never been seen so completely, loved so passionately and protected so fiercely.
I will be with you again.
Love you to infinity and back.
Your wife,

I will lay my husband to rest tomorrow. I would ask that you look to the heavens at noon and wish Dusty Godspeed.

With great love, respect and appreciation to Dusty’s fans, colleagues and friends,
Mrs. The Dust

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  1. Yvette
    #1 Yvette 3 August, 2021, 02:03

    Charlene, Heartfelt Condolences…
    I saw ZZ TOP with your Dusty Hill at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mt. View on
    July 28, 2013…. I Experienced for the 1st
    time the Greatest Group of Musicians to
    come out of TEXAS with their Rock Sound
    and Unique Style for which they were known
    by their Fans who Loved them in seeing the “Live Performances” and Enjoying Every Minute…


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  2. Edward
    #2 Edward 3 August, 2021, 08:24

    Dusty will be missed by me & fans that are too many to count. Edward

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  3. Nonny
    #3 Nonny 3 August, 2021, 11:40

    Deepest Condolences and Sympathy to Dusty Hill’s Wife Charleen and Family…..
    God Bless….

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  4. GTC
    #4 GTC 3 August, 2021, 15:51

    extremely nice tribute; she sounds like a wonderful person. millions of people around the world will read what she wrote and will be thinking about her today and many days to come.

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  5. Da Mick
    #5 Da Mick 3 August, 2021, 17:33

    What a sweet tribute, written at a time of such heartbreak and sadness for Ms. McCrory. Thank you for sharing that intimate insight into Dusty’s last moments. May you eventually have peace with the love you had for those many years.

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