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

Passing of Aldrea Lenox

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Jessy Dixon SingersGOSPELflava joins others around the country in mourning the passing of Aldrea Lenox (pictured top left), wife of the late Pastor (and noted singer) James Lenox (God’s Been Good to Me aka I Won’t Complain) and mother of Annette Queenie Lenox and Pastor Lamont Lenox.  A singer in her own right, Aldrea Lenox along with Ethel Holloway and Elsa Harris made up the Jessy Dixon Singers and traveled across the country and the world.  The group so greatly impressed Paul Simon that he had them back him on his Saturday Night Live appearance and recorded two million selling albums with them.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

Paul Simon and the Jessy Dixon Singers on the Dick Cavett Show

Sparrow Records Founder Billy Ray Hearne Passes

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Billy-Ray-HearnGOSPELflava joins others around the world remembering the life of Christian music legend Billy Ray Hearne who passed away on Wednesday, April 15th.  Hearne, a graduate of Baylor University began his career at Word Records, launching the Myrrh label and introducing the world to Amy Grant.  In 1976, he founded Sparrow Records, which would include a number of top Gospel artists including Bebe and CeCe Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, The Clark Sisters, Daryl Coley, and the West Angeles COGIC Saints In Praise series.

In 1992, Sparrow was sold to EMI Music, making way for the creation of Capitol Christian Music, the world’s largest Christian music group and home to Motown Gospel.

Prayers for Pharis Evans, Jr.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

GOSPELflava joins others across the nation praying for singer/songwriter/producer and Fountain of Life Records CEO Pharis Evans, Jr. and the Evans family in the loss of the familyAnn Evans matriarch, Mrs. Ann Evans.

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, April 14th.  Condolences can be sent to The Evans Family, c/o Clark Road Baptist Church, 2841 Clark Road, Gary, Indiana 46404

Prayers For The McClurkin Family

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

GOSPELfCheryl McClurkinlava joins others across the nation praying for the McClurkin Family in the loss of Cheryl “Cheri” McClurkin. Cheryl sang and recorded with The McClurkin Family in addition to penning an autobiographical story of her life for the stage entitled A Cry For Help.

Cards and condolences can be forwarded to Perfecting Faith Church, 311 N. Main , Freeport, NY 11520.  Details for service arrangements will be forthcoming.

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…)