Evangelist Rosie Wallace Dead at 79

Jordan Phillips, Gregory Gay, and Anthony Heilbut informed TBGB that Evangelist Rosie Wallace died in Philadelphia died Friday, May 23, in Philadelphia at the age of 79.

A native Philadelphian, Wallace was a member of the Imperial Gospel Singers, a zesty female gospel group that included Anna Smallwood and sang with the verve of the Caravans, Davis Sisters, and Ward Singers.  Among the Imperial Gospel Singers’ gospel hits were “My Father’s House” and “Lazarus.”

With eight members, Wallace organized the First Church of Love, Faith, and Deliverance in February 1962.  She and the church choir recorded “God Cares,” a big hit for Savoy Records, in November 1963.  Just weeks later, she recorded “A Light That Shines,” in memory of President John F. Kennedy.

As always, TBGB sends its love and hugs to the family and friends of Evangelist Wallace.  A beloved singer who can never be replaced.

NOTE: See the comments for details on Wallace’s Homegoing Services.

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.

10 comments

  1. Wow our church was praying for her. I remember going to a women’s service at Beloved Saint John when it was on Lehigh. She was suppose to preach that night, she got on stage and all she said was; “ENTER IN!” That’s it, she repeated that over and over and everyone in the church went bananas! (I was just staring at first then it hit me and I could not stop crying and praising the Lord! Now God is saying to Pastor Rosie Wallace Brown, ENTER IN! ENTER IN THESE PEARLY GATES AND REST MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT!

  2. Thanks for sharing such a great memory!

  3. EvangDee Williams

    Overseer Wallace will lie in state at Deliverance Evangelistic Church on 22nd & Lehigh Ave on Friday May 30 from 8:30-6:30pm followed by a gospel musical.
    On Saturday May 31viewing 9:00-11:00am, Service at 11:00am at the Deliverance Evangelistic Church.

  4. Thank you for the homegoing information!

  5. Overseer Rosie Wallace will lye in state at First Church on Friday 3101 Ridge Ave Philadelphia 8am to 6pm followed by the musical. Funeral will be at Deliverance on Saturday at 11am

  6. Overseer Rosie Wallace will lye in state at First Church on Friday 3101 Ridge Ave Philadelphia 8am to 6pm followed by the musical. Funeral will be at Deliverance on Saturday at 11am

  7. I’m just saying which statement is true where is the musical being held 1st.church or Deliverance on Friday??

  8. OVERSEER WALLACE WILL LAY IN STATE AT FIRST CHURCH OF LOVE, FAITH, AND DELIVERANCE FROM 8a.m. – 6:30p.m. And the musical will start there at 7p.m. This Friday, May 30th, 2014

    The service for Overseer will be at Deliverance, located at 22nd & Lehigh Avenue, May 31, 2014, the viewing will be from 9a.m. -11am and the service will start immediately thereafter…… Please visit the church website at the website listed below for contact info and confirmation of the services for Overseer Wallace

    http://www.firstchurchoflovefaithanddeliverance.Com

  9. I goin to miss her she was a nice lady. real humble woman.. she told me that one day I will be standing next to her that was the last thing she said to me rest in peace pastor Wallace..

  10. PASTOR ROSIE WALLACE BROWN WAS A GREAT WOMAN OF GOD. ALSO A PASTOR TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD THAT WAS UNDER HER WATCH CARE. MY SISTER THE LATE REGINA KEMP WAS A MEMBER THERE FOR TWENTY FIVE YEARS PASTOR WALLACE TALK ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP HER IN MY SISTER HAD, SHE NEVE GAVE UP ON MY SISTER DURING HER ADDICTION. THE HOMEGOING SERVICE WAS AWSOME SHE PREACHED A GOD OF A SECOND CHANCE LAAMENTATION 3-21 SLEEP ON PASTOR WALLACE SEE YOU IN THE RAPTURE.

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