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

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


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.

Celebrating the Life of Gospel Great Mother Geneva Gentry

Monday, October 14th, 2013

GOSPELflava jMother Gentryoins others across the globe mourning the passing of Mother Geneva Gentry at the age of 101.  Mother Gentry along with her late husband Joshua were instrumental in the promulgation of Gospel music through their affiliation with Professor Thomas A. Dorsey and the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.  In the early 40s, the Gentrys organized When Singers Meet, a yearly music festival (still in existence)  in St. Louis, Missouri introducing various up and coming gospel singers and musicians.   Joshua Gentry succeeded Professor Dorsey as President of NCGCC and served until his passing in 1990. Mother Gentry served as the coordinator for the consecration service for many years and was featured in the acclaimed documentary, Say Amen Somebody.   Their daughter, Marabeth Gentry now serves as the first woman president of the 80 year old organization.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 19th at the Christ Southern Mission Baptist Church in St. Louis.

Watch a clip of Mother Gentry leading the NCGCC consecration Service from Say Amen Somebody here

Prayers For The Campbell & Atkins Family

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WEtvsMaryMaryRenewedforSeason3PhotoCreditCourtesyofWEtvGOSPELflava joins the rest of the world in prayer for Erica and Tina Campbell and the rest of the Atkins family in the loss of their father, Elder Eddie A. Atkins Jr. . Fans were given an inside look into the Campbell-Atkins family during the last two seasons of their weTV reality show, “Mary Mary”.  Mr. Atkins was battling cancer at the time of his death.

Mary Mary has released a statement saying:

“Our dad was a powerful man. Our family had it’s challenges but our love superseded it all. We had the opportunity to profess our love for our father. We were able to tell him how much we loved him, valued him, and how much life had helped us to understand the things that we couldn’t for many years. Our dad was a man of immense physical and spiritual strength. He always covered us in prayer. He warned us when hardships were coming, taught us how to pray through, fight on, and overcome life’s challenges. What better gift can a man give his family. Our family prayed and thanked God for our dad’s life and healing on Monday night and God chose to give him the ultimate healing on Tuesday afternoon, which was a transfer from life on earth to life in Heaven. God sent him out better than we ever could’ve imagine and for that, we will be forever grateful. We love our daddy dearly, respect him highly, and will remember him always.”


- Tina and Erica Campbell.