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

Passing of Reverend Gerald Thompson

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

GOSPELflava has been notified of the passing of Reverend Gerald Thompson, noted preacher, pastor, singer, songwriter and producer. Amongst ReverenGerald Thompsond Thompson’s production credits are co producer of On Time God and Live at Salem for the songbird of the south, Dottie Peoples. Thompson recorded several albums for the AIR Gospel label producing such hits as Hallelujah, I Found Him and Jesus Is My Rock.

Arrangements are as follows:
Musical Tribute
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
6:30 PM
Covenant of Zion Cathedral
3023 W. 12th St.
Little Rock, AR 

Visitation for Family & Friends

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
12 – 6 PM
Robinson Mortuary Chapel
1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Little Rock, AR
Homegoing Celebration
Thursday, May 30, 2013
11 AM
Greater Second Baptist Church
5615 Geyer Springs Rd.
Little Rock, AR

Funeral Arrangements Announced For Bishop Keith C Smith

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Keith C SmithFuneral arrangements were announced for Meek Records recording artist Bishop Keith C Smith, who passed away on May 1st.  Smith was a noted gospel preacher and founded the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Bible Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina where he served as Senior Pastor.  Bishop Smith recorded 2 CDs for the Meek label; his CD debut, Old Time Churchin’ peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart in 2002 and was followed up by the release of  Going to Church in 2005.

There will be a visitation period on Friday, May 10th from noon until 4pm at the Cathedral of Faith Bible Church followed by a services at the Cornerstone Baptist Church that evening.  On Saturday, May 11th, the service of Victory and Triumph will take place at noon.


Florida Mass Choir Co Founder Rev. Arthur Jones Passes

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

imageGOSPELflava joins others across the Gospel Music Community in mourning the loss of Reverend Arthur T.  Jones, Senior Pastor of  Bible Based Fellowship Church and Executive Director and  Co-founder of the Florida Mass Choir.

It was a friendship between Jones and Reverend Milton Biggham that led to the organization of the Florida Mass Choir in 1974.  Under the leadership of Reverend Jones, Florida Mass Choir produced a string of hits with three albums certified as number one, three as top five, and two as top twelve alongside multiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award nominations.

Grammy Award Winner George Beverly Shea Passes

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

If you have Sheaever witnessed a Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusade, then you would be familiar with George Beverly Shea.  He was the official soloist of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for more than 60 years , rendering music before Dr. Graham brought the message.  Shea passed away on yesterday after a brief illness. He was 104.

A Grammy winner in 1965 and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in 2011, Shea recorded over 70 albums and is most noted for his composition, I’d Rather Have Jesus which has been recorded numerous times by the likes of Danniebelle Hall and Larnelle Harris.


New G Silver Anniversary and Reunion Concert Set for August 31st

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Ricky 25It is now official.  Ricky Dillard and New G will celebrate their silver anniversary with a Reunion Concert in the Gospel Music Captial of Chicago.  Mark your calendars for August 31st.  This is one event you won’t want to miss this. GOSPELflava will bring you all of the exciting details.

Tommy Couch, Jr. Succeeds Father As President of Malaco Music Group

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Tommy Couch MARSMalaco Music Group announced today the election of Thomas J. Couch, Jr. (pictured first on the left) as President and CEO. Couch Jr. succeeds his father, Tommy Couch, Sr. who co founded Malaco Records in the late 60s. Malaco made huge strides into gospel by signing the Jackson Southernaires in 1975 followed by the acquisition of Savoy Records in the 80s and Atlanta International Records in 2005. Today, the Malaco roster includes Luther Barnes, Maurette Brown Clark, Mississippi Mass Choir, Georgia Mass Choir and Jekalyn Carr.

Couch, Sr. had this to say on his son’s election: “Tommy was instrumental and took the lead in several of our acquisitions throughout the years with the most important being the purchase of 50% interest in Select-O-Hits, the premier independent record distributor located in Memphis, TN. In this ever- changing and challenging Music Business, Tommy has the leadership, experience and vision to carry Malaco forward.”

Gala Honoring Dr. Edwin Hawkins August 10th

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Mark your calendars for August 10th as people will gather from the four corners of the world to honor Dr. Edwin Hawkins for 50 years in Gospel Music.  Hawkins is wEdwin Hawkins STDidely regarded as an architect of the contemporary Gospel sound and his arrangement of the standard Oh Happy Day remains one of the world’s best loved gospel songs.  A star studded gala is being planned  in the city of Oakland, CA with participation from a venerable list of who’s who in Gospel including Richard Smallwood, Tramaine Hawkins, Daryl Coley, Chrystal Rucker, Dr. Teresa Hairston and others.

Funeral Arrangements for Cleotha Staples

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Arrangements have been made for the services celebrating the life of Cleotha Staples (pictured on the left), founding member of the Staple Singers.  Viewing takes place Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 6:00 PM at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 7838 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619. The funeral services will be held on Friday March 1, 2013 @ 10:00 AM at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W 95th Street, Chicago, IL 60628. The burial will follow immediately at Oakwood Cemetery, 1035 E 67th Street, Chicago, IL 60680. Ms. Staples will be buried in the Staples family plot alongside her father, Roebuck “Pops” Staples; her mother, Oceola Staples; and her sister, Cynthia Staples

Staple Singers’ Cleotha Staples Passes

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

GOSPELflava receiveStaplesd word of the passing of Cleotha Staples, founding member of the the legendary Staple Singers at the age of 78 in Chicago following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.


Songwriter Vernon Chappel Passes

Monday, January 28th, 2013

ChappelGOSPELflava was made aware of the passing of gospel singer, songwriter and musician Elder Vernon Chappel on Sunday, January 27th.  Chappel’s composition, Praise Jehovah was a huge hit for Evangelist Beverly Crawford on her debut solo CD, Jesus Precious King. Other compositions were recorded by Joe Pace, Evangelist Dorothy Norwood and the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir.  Chappel released a number of solo projects independently.

A resident of North Carolina, Chappell served for several years as Music Pastor for the River Church in Durham. Funeral services are pending.