Archive for the ‘Life Status (Births & Obituaries)’ Category

Gospel Dream Winner Stephanie Dotson Passes

Friday, February 27th, 2015

GOSPELflava joinsstephaniedotson2 others across the country in mourning the passing of worship leader and psalmist Elder Stephanie Dotson.  Dotson, a Louisiana native and the 2004 Gospel Dream Competition Winner burst on the scene with Miracles Still Happen, her recording effort for Tehillah Records (read our review here and interview here). Dotson would go on to appear in the 2006 Tyler Perry movie, Madea’s Family Reunion.

UPDATE: Homegoing Celebration For Pastor Andrae Crouch Announced

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

The Funeral Services have been set to honor the life of Pastor Andrae Crouch:

Andrae Celebration

Bishop Marvin Winans will eulogize Pastor Crouch and there will be performances by Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, Donnie McClurkin, Donald Lawrence, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Fred Hammond, BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans, Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Dr. Bobby Jones, Kim Burrell, Pastor Shirley Ceasar, Byron Cage, Edwin Hawkins, Lynette Hawkins-Stephens, David and Nicole Binion, Erica Campbell, Smokie Norful, Richard Smallwood, Israel Houghton, Bryan Duncan, Ledisi, Tata Vega and others. An all-star band has been assembled by Mano Hanes and Bill Maxwell, including an 80-voice choir.

BET will stream both services “LIVE” at  www.bet.com/andraecrouchfuneral .  West Angeles Church of God In Christ will also stream both services at  www.watch.westa.tv.

Andrae Crouch Passes

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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LOS ANGELES, CA — Music legend Andraé Crouch has died from complications following a heart attack on January 3rd. Andraé passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at approximately 4:30pm PST at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area. Andraé was 72 years old.

“Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord,” said Pastor Sandra Crouch. “Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best. Details of Andraé’s Celebration Service and Tribute will be forthcoming.”

Crouch’s accolades include 7 Grammy Awards, 6 GMA Dove Awards, an Academy Award nomination for “The Color Purple,” induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Paul Simon, and he has worked as a producer and arranger with many of music’s top artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and many others. Andraé can also be heard on Michael Jackson’s hit singles “Man in the Mirror,” “Keep the Faith,” “Will You Be There” and “Earth Song.”

The family is requesting privacy at this time.

Williams Brothers Matriarch Passes

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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GOSPELflava joins others mourning the passing of Mrs. Amanda “MOM” Williams, mother of Doug and Melvin Williams of The Williams Brothers, Huey Williams of The Jackson Southernaires, Minister Leonard Williams, and the late Frank Williams of The Mississippi Mass Choir, passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Funeral services are as follows:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Craft Funeral Home, 210 Martin Luther King Drive, McComb, Mississippi 39648

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Visitation from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove M. B. Church, 3160  Highway 98 West, Summit, Mississippi 39666

Homegoing Service starts promptly at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove M. B. Church, 3160 Highway 98 West, Summit, Mississippi 3966

Interment immediately following the service at Rose Hill M. B. Church Cemetery, 9560 Highway 98 East, Meadville, Mississippi 39653

 

Neily Dickerson Tributes Al Hobbs

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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The Gospel Music Industry has lost another “pillar!”

Al “The Bishop” Hobbs was a “Force.”

As Chairman of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), GMWA’s ~ Gospel Announcer’s Guild and owner of Aleho International Music, “The Bishop” was an advocate for all who asked for his support. His common-touch approach extended to label executives, artists, and everyone in between.  At any moment you might see Al having an in-depth conversation with, Central City Production’s, Don Jackson and the next sharing a laugh with a up-and-coming young Gospel talent. (more…)

Streaming Link for The Funeral Services of Al Hobbs

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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The services for Al “The Bishop” Hobbs will be streamed live tonight and tomorrow via the following website:  (more…)

UPDATED: Funeral Services Announced for Al “The Bishop” Hobbs

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

al hobbs   Funeral Arrangements have been announced for Al “The Bishop” Hobbs

Friday, August 15  in Indianapolis (location TBA)Viewing 3pm – 6pm
Quarter Note 6pm – 7pm
Musical 7pm – 11pmSaturday, August 16Viewing 8am – 10am
Services 10am

All services will be held at : 

Christ Church Apostolic

6601 Grandview Dr Indianapolis, IN 46260

(317) 255-8761

Bishop C. Shawn Tyson, Pastor

For more information contact Pastor Henzy Green – 317.281.6198

Hotel Information: Gospel Announcers Guild has made arrangements for hotel space in the Indianapolis area, however you are free to use other properties as well.
Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel for 129.00 USD per night
The deadline to reserve a room is August 12. Earliest arrival date: 8/14/14. Departure date: 8/17/14 (minimum stay is one day)
All phone reservations are directed to 866-905-9619.
Singers and musicians desiring to lend their talents with the homegoing mass choir and praise band may send their contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) to alehointl@aol.com.
The rehearsal schedule will be: Thursday Aug. 7th and Tuesday Aug. 12th, 7:30p at Eastern Star Church 5750 E 30th St and Sunday Aug 10th, 5:00p at Light of the World Christian Church 4646 Michigan Rd. For more information please, reach out to Lamar Campbell and Sherri Garrison

 

Gospel Giant Al Bishop Hobbs Passes

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Al The Bishop Hobbs Presides over the Radio AwardsThe Gospel Announcers Guild released a statement regarding the passing of Al Hobbs.

It is with joy and sadness that we announce the home-going of our beloved GOSPEL INDUSTRY AFICIONADO, Dr. Al “The Bishop” Hobbs.

 

Al “The Bishop” Hobbs was simply one of the most interesting personalities you’re likely to ever cross paths with in this industry.  Wearing as many hats as some specialty stores offer, Hobbs has earned the title of ‘Bishop’ with an empire to accompany it.  He was responsible for the operation of two gospel record labels, and served as chairman of the Gospel Announcer’s Guild and  Vice-Chairman of the industry’s leading organization – the Gospel Music Workshop Of America, Inc. (GMWA), under the leadership of Bishop Albert Jamison.

 

A recording artist, announcer, meeting planner, event coordinator, and successful entrepreneur, he was born June 4, 1943 in Decatur, Alabama.  He is the father of Alex Carrington Hobbs, Asha Gabrellia Hobbs, and Bridgett Hobbs.

Homegoing Services for Pastor Shirley Caesar’s Husband

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Lady Shirley

On Friday, Independence Day, July 4, 2014, Bishop Harold Ivory Williams Sr., the beloved husband of Pastor Shirley Caesar went home to be with the Lord. Bishop Williams is the Bishop Emeritus of the Mt Calvary Holy Churches of America. (more…)

Donnie McClurkin Joins Celebration for Andrae and Sandra Crouch

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

On Sunday, June andrae-crouch29th Pastor Donnie McClurkin will join the New Christ Memorial Church family celebrating the birthday of Gospel Music Legend Pastor Andrae Crouch.  Crouch shares a July 1st birthday with his twin sister, Pastor Sandra Crouch.  The multiple Grammy award winner has endured several medical challenges over the past couple of months and GOSPELflava joins others across the country praying for his healing and restoration.  Crouch Celebration