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

Mighty Brooklyn Skyways Founder Willie Connell Johnson Passes

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Thoughts and prayers goSkyways out to Malaco Music Group Gospel Division Director D. A. Johnson in the passing of his father, Willie Connell Johnson last week in Jamaica, New York.  The elder Johnson founded the Mighty Brooklyn Skyways quartet recording for Peacock Records and later for Savoy Records.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, March 14th at the Holy Nazarene Deliverance Ministry, 237 Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn.

 

The Passing of Henry Hanq Neal

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

GOSPEHanq NealLflava has been informed of the passing of Minister Henry Hanq Neal as a result of complications after suffering a massive heart attack earlier during the week.  Neal is a recognizable fixture in Gospel music circles having performed with, the Pentecostal Ambassadors,  Donald Vails’ Choraleers and more notably with the late Rev. James Cleveland and the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

An accomplished singer, songwriter, choir director and musician, Neal relocated to Houston, Texas in 1984 to serve at a small Windsor Village United Methodist Church under Reverend KirbyJohn Caldwell.  At the time, the choir began with a modest 25 voices.  Under Neal’s tenure, the choir grew from one to five choirs with over 500 active participants.  Neal was serving in music ministry at the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston at the time of his passing.

Praying for JJ Hairston and Family

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

jjhairston2GOSPELflava extends sympathies to JJ Hairston in the loss of his mother, Evangelist Sandra Johnson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 20th at the Mt Sinai Cathedral, 1916 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, NY. Visitation begins at 5 and the service of celebration following at 7 pm

Funeral Services Honoring Gospel Legend Dr. Charles G. Hayes

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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GOSPELflava joins others across the country and the world in remembering the life’s work of Dr. Charles G. Hayes (known as Father Hayes), founder and pastor of Chicago’s Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer who passed away on Wednesday, February 13th.  Active in the GOSPEL music ministry for over 50 years, Father Hayes and the choir have travelled extensively throughout the US and abroad proclaiming the good news in song.  Funeral services celebrating his life are as follows:

 

 

Father Hayes arrangements

Passing of Gospel Legend and Radio Angel Dr. Morgan Babb

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

babbsNoted preacher, pastor, singer, disc jockey and businessman Dr. Morgan Babb transitioned from this life on Friday, February 7th at the age of 84.  Babb and his brothers united to form the Radio Four in the early 50s recording for Republic and Nashboro Records.  He served as lead singer, songwriter and accompanist for the group.  Babb would later relocate to Nashville and begin a 50 + year stint as a gospel music disc jockey.

Read more on the legacy of Dr. Morgan Babb here: passing of Dr. Morgan Babb

Hear his rendition of Pray for Me

Funeral Arrangements for Dr. Joyce Taylor

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Joyce Taylor FuneralThe Gospel community mourns the passing of Dr. Joyce Taylor, lead singer for the famed Institutional Radio Choir. Known for her fiery, evangelistic vocal delivery, Taylor’s voice  rang out on a number of Institutional’s hits including I Feel The Spirit Moving, If You Hold Out, Let’s Go to the Top of the Mountain, Behold and Come Over Here to Stay Lord.

 

Baby News For Tish And Eric Dawkins

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Baby DawkinsCongratulations to model Tish and singer/songwriter/producer Eric Dawkins on the birth of their first child over the holidays. A son, Parker Alexander Dawkins is the new addition for the happy couple who married back in 2012. Parker shares a birthdate with Eric Dawkins’ father. We are both so in love with this baby,” the couple exclaims. “God has truly blessed our lives with Parker Alexander!”

Kevin Bond To Release Nelson Mandela Single

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Nelson MandelaTen-Time GRAMMY Award Winning Producer Kevin Bond is set to release a tribute single to the late great Nelson Mandela. The Former President of South Africa passed away on Friday December 5th after a long battle with a lung infection. Compelled by the life of this great man, Kevin Bond has composed a personal musical tribute that will be included in the SABC’s home going festivities for the great leader. The single will be played on South African TV and radio stations and is a a rousing uptempo presentation featuring original music by Bond, speech clips by Mandela, and to engage the youth, Kevin’s 16 year old son Alex Bond III is rapping on the single.

Kim Burrell’s Mother Passes

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

KimBurrellloveGOSPELflava joins others across the country as we pray for Pastor Kim Burrell in the loss of her mother, Helen Graham Spears. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at the Greater Grace Outreach Church in Houston, Texas. Let us continue to keep Pastor Burrell and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

McClurkin Family Patriarch Donald McClurkin Passes

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

donnie-mcclurkinGOSPELflava joins others across the world mourning the passing of Donald A McClurkin, Sr., father of gospel recording artists Donnie McClurkin and Andrea McClurkin Mellini.