WILLIAM CARSON, 1952 – 2008

From TBGB friend Elder Mack C. Mason. It is so sad to lose such a young and talented man as Billy Carson:

We regretfully announce the passing of our good friend, William “Billy” Carson.

Billy was host of Gospel City Videos telecast and producer of many church telecasts which aired Saturdays and Sundays during the Broadcast Ministers Alliance programming on Channel 25.

Billy’s spiritual nurture and career in gospel music began at St. Lawrence COGIC, where he later organized the Billy Carson Singers. This young group traveled with the late Anna Broy Crockett Ford to many COGIC conventions throughout the US.

Billy was also an acclaimed teen percussionist seen on TV’s Jubilee Showcase, heard on recordings, and live broadcasts accompanying such ministers and artists as Rev. Maceo Woods, Mahalia Jackson, Rev. James Cleveland, Rev. Clay Evans, Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers, Dr. Charles Hayes and Universal Kingdom, The Raymond Raspberry Singers and many others. Billy produced several recordings by The Billy Carson Singers featuring Linda his wife of 37 years, as well as his sisters Marla and Sylvia, also Tyrone Dickerson and Serenity, and three albums by Rev. Maceo Woods and Christian Tabernacle.

His radio broadcasting and TV production credits stretch from Radio Station WXFM in 1975, to his own popular weekly telecast Gospel City Videos, which debuted in 1993 and featured music videos and artist interviews. Billy will be greatly missed.

Services will be held Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 at Christian Tabernacle Church, 4712 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615 with Pastor Maceo L. Woods, officiating. Visitation begins at 9:00AM and Funeral Services at 10:30AM.

MACK C. MASON, Author of
“Saints in the Land of Lincoln”

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. Jennychi_town@yahoo.com

    To Billy Carson affectionately
    knowm as “Uncle Billy”, I thank
    God for you your life and the
    ministry God gave U. When I 1st
    got saved you were my 1st choir director. I feel honored to be the
    1st to respond to your blog. Yes, I am still in shock, but you know what, Jesus needed a dynamic individual to lead His Heavenly choir. Billy it has been 30yrs since that 1st choir experience and I am still singing. God Bless you Linda and the kids, Sylvia(BeDe) and Marla and her family.
    Once a Carson singer, always a Carson singer….
    Luv you all more,
    My prayers R with U -God Bless
    Jennifer J

  2. I will always remember the lives you touched, the people you encouraged and the blessing you were to all. My prayers are with the family of Billy Carson – a legend.

    Evangelist Darlene Allen-Nichols & family

  3. To the family of Billy Carson, my colleague in Radio, Mack Mason and all those who remembered such a joyful warmhearted and talented person in so many ways. I recently learned of Billy’s passing. I can never and will never forget how we worked so well together in Radio and during the times he asked me to make personal appearances at Churches and in doing commercials that we both wrote together. Many are the times we were recording one program, commercial or the like. We had such wonderful times while I was on staff at WYCA and had the Sunday Morning Gospel Program, I will miss Billy not only as one of my producers, but as a friend and brother in the Lord. Billy was taken from us too soon and I am sure he had much more to do. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to his family and to my fellow colleagues in Radio and Television. He will be missed more than words can say.

  4. This was my grand father and i miss him so much he was a big part of tbhe family and kept things togetha we miss u dad

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