Bishop Willie A. Treadwell, Community Choir Founder, Passes Away

Chicago, IL, May 23, 2017: Chicago Gospel Music Legend Bishop Willie A. Treadwell, 86, transitioned from this world Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Generations at Oakton Place in Des Plaines, IL.

He was born in Anniston, AL. on February 28, 1931, to the late David and Limmer-Jane Treadwell. Bishop Treadwell was drafted into the United States Army in 1952 where we fought in the Korean War.

On April 9, 1955, Bishop Treadwell founded the Treadwell Community Singers with Frankie Marie Powell (Treadwell). During this time Bishop Treadwell served in ministry under the leadership of the late Pastor Governor Powell of Garfield Park Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, IL. He was blessed to unite in matrimony to a wonderful, God-fearing woman, the late Mother Frankie Marie Treadwell, on April 28, 1956. In April 1971, Bishop Treadwell organized the United Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Pastor.

The Treadwell Community Singers was the first chorale group to be presented on the award-winning Jubilee Showcase telecast. The choir went on to record their first album in 1958 entitled God’s Crowd and won several awards leading them to be signed to Checker Records (Universal Records). The Treadwell Community Singers directly influenced gospel music in Chicago and touched the lives of hundreds of people throughout the Midwest. In 2010, Bishop Treadwell was honored with a Living Legend Award by Gospel Music According to Chicago.

During Bishop Treadwell’s life, he was very active in the NAACP, founded a number of community organizations, such as I Am Brotherhood and The Treadwell Foundation. He actively organized community feedings and toy giveaways in the Austin Community. Bishop Treadwell’s love and memories will forever be cherished by his children, extended family, and friends.

Friday, May 26, 2017 | 10AM-8PM
Performing Christ Ministries
5209 W. Lake St. Chicago, IL
Apostle T. A. Treadwell, Host Pastor

Memorial Service
Saturday, May 27, 2017 | 10AM
Progressive Life Giving
Word Cathedral
4500 S. Frontage Rd. Hillside, Il
Apostle Donald Alford, Host Pastor

Contact: Jeremy Treadwell | 773-310-8601 |

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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