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Aldrea Sanford Lenox of Lockhart Singers, Tommies, Norwood Singers Dies

JGM learned today of the passing of Aldrea Sanford Lenox. Aldrea was a member of the Lockhart Singers of Chicago, the Thompson Community Singers, the Dorothy Norwood Singers, and the Jessy Dixon Singers. Her husband, the late Pastor James Lenox, was also a mighty singer in the Church of God in Christ.  Their children, Annette “Queenie,” Pastor Lamont, and the late Kelvin, followed their parents into gospel music. The Lenoxes are one of gospel music’s legendary families. Aldrea will be missed by family, friends, and members of the Greater Holy Temple COGIC in Chicago, where she was a member.  Homegoing ...

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Centenarian Mother Alva Roberts Dies; Wife of COGIC Leader

The Journal of Gospel Music was saddened to learn of the passing of Mother Alva Johnson Roberts, who transitioned from labor to reward on April 18.  She was 101 years old. Mother Roberts was the first lady of “Brother” Isaiah Roberts, noted Church of God in Christ pastor, popular radio announcer, and Vee Jay Records recording artist.   Her father-in-law was Bishop William Roberts, who helped establish the COGIC church in Chicago in the early part of the twentieth century.  It was at Roberts Temple COGIC that Emmitt Till, whose violent murder helped spark the modern civil rights movement, was waked. Our deepest sympathies ...

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Cleveland Cole Dies; Father-in-Law of Dorinda Clark Cole

Marcel West of Detroit reported to the Journal of Gospel Music that Mr. Cleveland Cole, father-in-law of Dorinda Clark Cole and a musician in his own right, passed away Sunday morning. Marcel adds that Cole was the president of the famous Southwest Michigan State Choir of the Church of God in Christ, under the direction of Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. His homegoing arrangements are below:

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Delores “Honey” Sykes – Another Soldier Gone Home

I was so dismayed to hear that Delores “Honey” Sykes of the Duncanaires and Thompson Community Singers, has passed away. I spoke with her sometime last month and although she had been on dialysis for some time, there wasn’t any indication that her illness was so acute.  She was a very generous and friendly person. Honey was a young member of Chicago’s Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ when, in 1952, she and several church friends organized a singing group and named it after Roberts Temple’s Elder Edgar J. Duncan.  The Duncanaires became known as the “Gospel Wonders of ...

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Washington, DC Area Gospel Radio Announcer Marsha D. Sumner Dead at 69

WASHINGTON, DC: Marsha D. Sumner, a native Washingtonian and celebrated local gospel radio announcer for two decades, died on Saturday, January 24, after a brief illness. She was 69. Sumner, who was born on April 20, 1945, attended DC public schools and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School, where she excelled in sports and received an athletic scholarship to Tennessee A&I State University. Marsha declined the offer saying: “All they wanted me to do was run track and that rubbed me the wrong way.” Alternatively, she started a career in government service, working at HUD and FEMA for 30 ...

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Andrae’ Crouch Service to Stream Live

(LOS ANGELES, CA) — A celebration of Andraé Crouch’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 21st at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, located at 3600 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Both services will be open to the public. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Viewing: 2:00pm 5:00 pm Tribute Celebration: 7:00 pm Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Viewing: 9:00am 10:00 am Celebration of Life: 11:00 am Cable network BET will stream both services LIVE at BET.com/andraecrouchfuneral. West Angeles Church of God In Christ will also stream both services at watch.westa.tv. “People are coming from all ...

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Julia Mae Price-Williams (Caravans, Davis Sisters) Dies

Marcel West informed the Journal of Gospel Music that gospel singer Julia Mae Price-Williams died. A PK–her father pastored Second Baptist Church in Augusta–Miss Julia sang briefly with the Davis Sisters of Philadelphia and later the Caravans. She married Rev. Felton Williams Jr., and in 1981, while living in Baltimore, she recorded her first solo album for the Gospel imprint. The album helped earn her award nominations from the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Here is a link to an interview Julia did with Joseph Middleton of the Golden Era Gospel Blog: http://goldeneragospel.blogspot.com/2009/10/golden-era-gospel-blog-interviews.html JGM extends its heartfelt sympathies to the ...

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Pianist Edward Robinson Dies; Accompanied Mahalia Jackson, Caravans

Gregory Gay of GOSPELflava.com informed the Journal of Gospel Music of the passing of Edward “Eddie” Robinson. Robinson was a gospel piano accompanist for such leading lights as Robert Anderson and Mahalia Jackson.  He played on the Caravans’ April 1952 recording debut and toured Europe with Mahalia Jackson.  In 2011, Robinson recorded his first solo album for The Sirens Records: This Is My Story, This Is My Song. You can read more about Robinson’s life here:  www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/edward-robinson-39 On Saturday, November 15, WLUW-FM’s “Gospel Memories” will feature a long set of Eddie Robinson classics (www.gospelmemories.com). JGM will share more details on Robinson’s ...

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