Willa Ward Royster of the Clara Ward Singers Passes

Written by: Gregory Gay


Gospelflava joins gospel music lovers across the globe in mourning the passing of Willa Ward Royster,  sister of Clara Ward and original member of the Clara Ward Singers at the age of 92.The Ward Singers began as a trio consisting of Mother Gertrude Ward and sisters Clara and Willa Ward in 1931. The Ward Singers would began touring nationally in 1943 and in later years would add the likes of Marion Williams, Henrietta Waddy, Kitty Parham, Esther Ford and  Frances Steadman.  Willa Ward chronicled her life and times with the group in her autobiography, How I Got Over in 1997.

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