Another Farewell: Ethel Holloway

From Dennis Cole, President of the Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild:

Our office was informed today of the homegoing of gospel great Ethel Holloway. She passed at the Alden Manner Nursing Home on Austin, in Chicago.

Ethel is known/loved all over the world through her travels with the Jessy Dixon Singers, the Thompson Community Singers, the Ethel Holloway Singers, and foremost by representing herself as a phenomenal solo artist.

She was a proud member of the Evangel World Outreach Center, pastored by Dr. Ray Allen Berryhill.

We extend our heartfelt love and prayers to Ethel’s five children, grandchildren and a world of gospel music fans.

The wake and funeral services are as follows:

The body will lie in state on Friday, January 30, 2009 from 2 – 8 p.m. at
New Home M. B. Church
4804 W. Polk, Chicago, IL
Rev. Mack McCullogh, Pastor

The City Wide Musical Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 9 -11 a.m. and the Homegoing Celebration will began at 11:00 a.m.

Mount Carmel Holiness Church
4800 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago
Rev. Donald Coleman, Host Pastor

Ethel’s Pastor, Dr. Ray Allen Berryhill, Senior Pastor of Evangel World Outreach Center, will officiate.

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.


  1. We are losing so many of our golden warriors…day by day. And with every fleeting minute, we are left paralyzed in our response to these great legends. We need to do much better than trying to find our star in the spotlight and giving back as Christ instructed us. The news on Rev. Wright also troubled me. Thanks for reporting the news, Bob. I know you have a warm and loving heart…and are doing the best you can to get us more involved. My prayer is that we learn from these seeds of love – and do our best to keep their legacies alive.

    In closing, Ethel Holloway’s jolting vocals were always a marvelous delight for my ears when I picked up a Thompson Community Singers’ record. She could sho’nuff belt a song with vigor and passion – which she displayed on cuts like “If You Can Only Trust Him” and “Been So Good to Me.” We will truly miss her presence in gospel music.

  2. I am so sorry to hear this. She taught me how to sing. She was our choir director at New Day Church many years ago.

    I ask Jehovah God to give her family peace, comfort and understanding during this trying time.

    I will truly miss her.

    Love to her and her family,

    Chris Foster

  3. Much love to Ethel’s children and grandchildren.
    I will always cherish her visits to our church (Pilgrim Rest MB Church), where she would come and sing songs such as “Shoes to put on my Feet and others. You will always be in my heart.

    Love always,
    Katherine Woods

  4. i will see you in that great getting up morning ethel i will surely miss you and the memories will be a beacon of light to guide my footsteps. love you harold harper and the harper family

  5. ethel you will truly be missed i will miss you never forget you or the times we shared you are truly a child of god tell heaven when you left me down here i was on my way but i got a few more mountains to climb and a few more tears to shed. love tim ross and friends harold harper and family

  6. The legendary Ethel Holloway. WOW!!! Just goes to show, that God takes the BEST. Ethel was a beautiful woman of God, always letting her light shine before men.
    She loved God and Gods people. I knew her personally and when I could not reach her by phone, I went to her home to find out that she was put in a nursin home. I felt in my heart that she would not last. But I know that she is in a better place. To God be the glory. Jean Evans Secretary at FCHN (Feed, Clothe and Help the Needy.)

  7. Words sometime cannot be enough to say to a love one thats been call home to glory, but the only thing left is great memories, an that i have of mother Holloway , she was a friend to many, i meet her n high school Marshall hanging with Sarah Harper another sing n leader in the chicago land area she will be well miss by all that knew of her Ethel save a seat for me ill be home soon piece always Dwight Snow may god bless all.

  8. TrinquinatoMN

    When I heard she sing “Jesus is the answer”, I felt the Presence of God so true. I felt the strong of the God´s grace in her voice.
    Ethel Hollooway, God bless you so much, and give your grace and comfort to her family.

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