The Journal of Gospel Music was saddened to learn of the passing of Lee Williams, quartet legend and leader of the Spiritual QCs. Below is a brief bio of Williams and the group that I wrote back in 2019:

Born July 28, 1946, and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, Lee Williams began singing gospel at the tender age of seven. He was encouraged to do so by his uncle, Mitchell Thornton, who was part of a quartet called the Gospel Stars. Soon, Lee and his three brothers were performing as the Gospel Stars Juniors.

Thornton formed another quartet called the Spiritual QCs (the QCs stood for Qualified Christian singers). The group, which included Lee’s brother Willie on guitar, recorded one single, 1958’s “Never Mind,” and it was released on Acquarian Records of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. When the senior QCs disbanded in 1964, Lee and Willie assembled a few others and started a new version of Spiritual QCs.

The new Spiritual QCs recorded “Made it Over” and had it pressed up on the do-it-yourself Designer Records label in 1971. It became a fan favorite. The quartet followed in 1972 with “You Can’t Hurry God” and, with new group member Roger McKinney, “Wonderful” in 1974. In 1980, with Al Hollis as lead guitarist and Leonard Shumpert on drums, the Spiritual QCs recorded their first full-length album, Let’s Go Down, on Slaughterhouse Records.

Weekends, the quartet appeared at churches and gospel programs around the area, earning love offerings for their singing and selling copies of their records and cassettes after each program. Monday through Friday, Williams got behind an eighteen wheeler, tallying more than a thousand miles each week as a truck driver.

In 1996, a second album, Jesus is Alive and Well, was produced by George Dean of the Gospel Four of Memphis and released on the Memphis-based E & J Records. Although locally popular, the Spiritual QCs hit their stride in the mid-1990s when Memphis radio station WDIA began airing songs from the cassettes the group sold at programs. Then a representative of James Bullard’s MCG Records heard them perform at a Birmingham concert. MCG signed the quartet and their first album for the label, Love Will Go All the Way, was recorded in 1997 at the East Birmingham Church of God in Christ and released the following year.

“I’ve Learned to Lean” became Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs’ first national hit. Williams’s tall and lean figure, straight-as-an-arrow posture, and cool stoicism as lead singer—the polar opposite of the typical animated gospel vocalist/showman—helped distinguish the group and endear them to millions.

The year 2000 saw the release of Good Time: Live in Memphis, and its smash single, “You Didn’t Have To.”

Many popular albums followed: Right on Time, Tell the Angels, Soulful Healing, So Much to be Thankful For, Living on the Lord’s Side—the list goes on. At a time when small choirs and lead vocalists were dominating gospel radio, the Spiritual QCs were one of only two or three quartets that regularly made the Billboard gospel charts. Their 2009 release Fall on Me even made the Billboard 200 (all top-selling albums).

The honors began to accumulate. At the 19th annual Stellar Awards ceremony, the Spiritual QCs took home five trophies, including Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year for Williams. That was just the beginning of the quartet’s recognition by the Stellar Awards, gospel’s most prestigious honor. The QCs were bestowed the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stellars in 2010. A year later, they were named Traditional Quartet of the Year at the Gospel Music Excellence Awards. In 2016, Lee Williams became Dr. Lee Williams when he received an honorary doctorate of sacred music from Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary in Hawthorne, California.

Despite their success, Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs do not rest on their laurels. Working 50 weeks out of the year, they can tally as many as 200 appearances in a year.

It’s no surprise, then, that Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs is considered gospel’s most popular quartet. It goes to show that great things can, and often do, come from humble beginnings. That great things come to those who persevere in the service of the Lord. And that Tupelo, Mississippi, is known for more than producing a certain hip-swiveling rock ‘n’ roll singer in blue suede shoes!


  1. William Sanders August 30, 2021 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Much love from Brookhaven Mississippi RIP Mr Lee tell my granddad I said enjoy that cooling water ?

    • Catherine Andrus August 31, 2021 at 4:37 am - Reply

      Rest in peace Mr.Lee Williams you will not be forgotten

      • Eric Pruitt September 1, 2021 at 2:52 am - Reply


        • Erlene Durden September 1, 2021 at 3:20 pm - Reply

          Rest In Peace Mr Lee Williams. You are truly an anointed man of God. Gone but never forgotten.✝️

        • Mary Hamilton September 9, 2021 at 5:40 pm - Reply

          Dr Lee Williams have up lifted millions of people and now you have earned your crown.

        • Lois September 10, 2021 at 11:25 am - Reply

          All you have said about in your songs, Now you have reached home. No more pains. Mr William. Just wave ? your hand. Love ❣️

          • Wyvonne Ware September 14, 2021 at 4:52 am

            RIP anointed singer, messenger.
            Shawn Ware

      • Deborah A Lasenby September 1, 2021 at 12:23 pm - Reply

        Mr Lee Williams may you rest in peace. My mom she loved seeing you in person and to hearing your voice.
        When there was a concert schedule and Mr Lee Williams was there my mom was going 100 miles.

        • Althea Mitchell September 4, 2021 at 11:03 pm - Reply

          Condolences and prayers for the family in the mighty name of Jesus the Christ the son of the living God. Praying the family strength in time of uncertainty. Mr. Lee Williams worked untimely and did it in our Lord and Savior. Praying for the family and friends of Mr. Lee.Evangelist Althea Mitchell, Arkadelphia, AR

          • Virginia edw September 11, 2021 at 11:23 pm

            Don’t know what you mean

        • Bettyplatt September 12, 2021 at 9:41 pm - Reply
      • Felicia September 3, 2021 at 6:48 am - Reply

        One of the Best Rest Job well done..You will truly be missed, for the ones who knew him. Mr Williams Rest In God Hands .Your legacy will always live on In the Power of Prayer.

        • Gwendol A Perkins September 6, 2021 at 4:46 pm - Reply

          God welcomes Mr Lee Williams…Love your songs of gospel joy!! May your soul rest easy..You’ll be sorely missed

      • Charlene McCord September 6, 2021 at 11:58 pm - Reply

        You is truly missed Mr.Williams already Rest In Peace ur music will still play on thank you so much. To the family sorry for ur loss stay strong he lived and served his time here on earth and he did a fantastic job that he was sent to do.

        • Tom Lee Brooks September 7, 2021 at 6:32 pm - Reply

          I’m a real good earnest friend to Ricket Thornton and Lee Williams family Sister Mrs Vera, and his son marriage to my Grand Daughter also his brother Rev.willieThonton know him by being a eighteen wheels driver

      • Paula Hobbs September 7, 2021 at 5:14 am - Reply

        Mr. Lee Williams will be greatly missed as on Sundays I get up and play the songs he sings and his voice is so relaxing. No more worries and tell all your loved ones and mine we will see each other again. Family and friends stay blessed

      • Ruth Carroll September 7, 2021 at 4:41 pm - Reply

        First time I heard Can’t Hide Can’t Run I knew it was true you can’t hide and you can’t run from God I had to find the artist that was singing and it was Mr Lee Williams have been a fan since then. God puts His Spirit into those who are His

      • Catherine Andrus September 8, 2021 at 2:28 pm - Reply

        My condolences to the family and the band members

      • Berdita Ruffin September 9, 2021 at 9:37 am - Reply

        God bless his family with strength and courage to carry on.

      • Ester September 9, 2021 at 8:15 pm - Reply

        Lee williams was definitely a God sent singer.He would just stand there and sing,not a show boat.just sing and you will definitely will definitely feel the spirit of God moving.

      • Jocelyn Allen September 11, 2021 at 3:24 am - Reply

        You’ve been a true Blessing. Your music very uplifting. Rest in Peace DR. LEE WILLIAMS ???

      • Marcelle Blakeney September 11, 2021 at 5:34 am - Reply

        Prayers go out from my house to the Williams household you may not be able to see the tent he use to live in because he’s been set free but his spirit lives on in the lives of many.God bless and stay strong.

    • Delane monroe August 31, 2021 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      I am so sorry! Sorry about your list my condolences too the pretty baby mom and dad and families and friends be blessed be strong in the Lord! We lose in life! Yes children’s people’s of different ages. But we are not jesus or god! The lord has reasons and he has seasons!!! It’s appointed once for all man to die. We just gotten serve him prepare our souls spirits and life for him to be with him forevermore. It’s too many comments who should die first! Yes children’s die before parents sometimes and parents before children’s! So whoever made that comment should have held it in silence. We are not the lord! We all have a timing and we must answer it when it comes! Just encourage the parents and families and friends! A lot of questions sometimes had to the pains in people’s at these times. And not only during death some thing’s we must not speak or mention just pray fast and tarry and seek the Lord I’ve all thing’s and ask him to strengthen them! And stop trying to “comprehend the lord and his ways reasons and path and directions for the lord knows and only do our loving jesus and loving father god! Knows! Give them “strengthening words and godly encouragement that’s the only thing that will take them through! No opinions and no wondering! The bible plainly tells you and me and all death comes to all!!! Be yes ready! Toj meet the Lord! And he is telling you me and all! Prepare yourselves your temple your souls and your spirit’s and life you meet the lord!!! Amen hallelujah hallelujah? hallelujah? amen! My ” prayers ? love condolences are with you families and all! ( Eccl. Cot. 3 there is a season for everything every purpose under the heavens a time to be born and a time to die s time to rejoice and a time to cry a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.etc. who but our loving jesus and our loving father loving god what will be on tomorrow or what will be next!!! Only the Lord knows!!! Be blessed hallelujah Amen?.

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        • Dorothy P Johnson September 1, 2021 at 12:31 am - Reply

          Good for a sermon, but too long for a condolence.

          • Carolyn Ann Coley September 10, 2021 at 12:35 pm

            I truly don’t think the God I serve mind. It’s not the length but the message within! Amen! ??❤️✝️

        • Ann Cooper September 4, 2021 at 1:07 pm - Reply

          Praise Jesus Christ for Mr. Williams life. My family was truly blessed by his songs. Strength and blessings to his family!

        • Beverly Jones September 7, 2021 at 6:24 pm - Reply

          My sincere condolencenses to the williams family. May GOD keep and strènghen you. Mr lee is ok now. He left a pòwerful message to the worĺd in his songs that icant help but listen tò everyday. ĹORD help us take heed. I love aĺl the Wiĺlam Brothers. GOD bless and take care you all. In JESUS name i pray.

          • Carolyn Ann Coley September 10, 2021 at 12:40 pm

            So very true!!! Amen and AMEN!! ????❤️✝️??

        • willesta Dorsey September 15, 2021 at 3:35 pm - Reply

          The Lord called home his soldier his job was finished down here so he went home to be with the Lord because he has a job in heaven for him ?

      • Joanna Adams me September 2, 2021 at 1:56 am - Reply

        Out tube

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      • Sister HUGHES September 8, 2021 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        I am so glad that I had few chances of MC in programs with leads on it and it’s something about Lee that just he just was told nice humble he just was a nice person and he would truly be missed I’m from the radio station 99.1 FM St Petersburg Florida w ujm I have been in radio 30 years

      • Carolyn Ann Coley September 10, 2021 at 12:29 pm - Reply

        Amen and AMEN! ????❤️

      • Janie September 11, 2021 at 1:36 am - Reply

        My family & .myself send Love through “Prayers to his wife and family’, his back up singers, instrument players ,technicians, and writer of his songs. You”ll surely be missed Bro. Lee, I heard the Heavenly news ,listened at his songs and tears flooded my eyes ,he was a or Dad or Big Brother through your different up beat spiritual songs with wisdom from God ,sung by you ,for us to listen and it .are made me think and listening. You’re not forgoten..??????????. R.I.P.

      • Vickie L.Jackson September 11, 2021 at 5:30 am - Reply

        September 11 2021

    • Stella L. Amaker August 31, 2021 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      Rest in Peace Mr. Lee Williams, we are truly going to miss you.

    • Vera Ruffin August 31, 2021 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      God bless the Williams family and friends, we are praying for you. As a Christian and fellow servant of God we will miss him and we will see him again in that great by and by in the coming of our Lord and savior. You are much loved and will be very missed here. ONE of the Best Gospel Groups in History. Lee Williams and Spiritual Q’c

      • Barbara McDavid September 1, 2021 at 3:58 am - Reply

        I thank God that Mr. Lee’s Music Ministry impacted so many lives. May God be with his family as they go through this very difficult time.

        • Betty J Platt September 12, 2021 at 9:54 pm - Reply

          Love i can’t give up.

      • Dorothy Lee Blackmon September 1, 2021 at 9:52 am - Reply

        I love Lee Williams songs Rest IN Peace!And my condolences to the family and friends of Lee Williams.

      • Jennifer Quarles September 1, 2021 at 12:14 pm - Reply

        PRAYERS ?????

      • Gwendol A Perkins September 6, 2021 at 4:46 pm - Reply

        God welcomes Mr Lee Williams…Love your songs of gospel joy!! May your soul rest easy..You’ll be sorely missed

    • Thelma Bell September 1, 2021 at 2:36 am - Reply

      God has Another Voice for his Heavnely Choir.Rest on Lee Williams.My Prays are with Family at time.To Be Absent From the Body to be Present with the Lord.Love

    • Danitra M Davis September 1, 2021 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Yes I have always enjoyed that song cooling water

    • Yvonne September 2, 2021 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      RIH Mr. Lee Williams ! “I can’t give up” one of my favorite songs by Mr. Williams, he was truly anointed by god & he’s already missed! My condolences to his family & the QC’S. Rest in heavenly peace, job well done Mr. Williams ??????

      • Rhonda F Pittman September 5, 2021 at 10:28 pm - Reply

        Yes, can’t give up is one of my inspiration to keep going and stay strong and as well as ” He will fix it”.

      • BrendaReana R WeatherlessWinston September 6, 2021 at 10:48 pm - Reply

        I am truly going to miss all that, up lifting gospel music. If I was in a move . I would put my CD on ,cooling water at grandma well I. We know that our Heavenly Father only takes the best. Your body is here , but your spirit is your father in heaven. Blessing to your family.

    • Verneatha bates September 7, 2021 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      I love everyone of the songs that came from Lee and the QC and I will most definitely miss going to the concert , when lee passed I cry as he was my family I were happy and sad that day, I were happy because it was my birthday but sad because he passed. I know that this man of God have touched so many lives and to his quartet family and his family you’re in my prayers may God bless each of you He just stop by on his way I write this my tears are just rolling

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    • Kenneth Miller September 8, 2021 at 4:31 am - Reply

      Mr. Lee Williams, God truly laid his hands on you, your voice was heard around the world and touch many people, im one if those people, and I will always remember the Good times.

    • Georgia Jackson September 9, 2021 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      My condolences to the Williams family, a true matriarch, lead by God to give a message to the people. Will always be remembered.

    • Aleecha Adams September 9, 2021 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      I will NEVER forget you and your music they brought me though…I CAN’T GIVE UP.


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  2. Eric Maurice Clark August 30, 2021 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Remarkable read. Job well done, rest in paradise Lee Williams.

    • Pamela White August 31, 2021 at 4:29 am - Reply

      Sleep In heavenly peace Dr. Lee Williams.
      Your music will keep you in the hearts of millions.

    • Leon Davis August 31, 2021 at 4:39 am - Reply

      RIP Mr. Williams your music touched heart’s and soul all over this world. I’ve always been a huge fan of your work. The Most High God have you so wave your hand.

      • John September 1, 2021 at 12:11 am - Reply
      • Dorothy P Johnson September 1, 2021 at 12:35 am - Reply

        Good for a sermon, but too long for a condolence.

        • Dorothy Lee Blackmon September 1, 2021 at 9:56 am - Reply

          I love Lee Williams songs Rest IN Peace!And my condolences to the family and friends of Lee Williams.

      • Johnnie Rankins September 8, 2021 at 4:05 pm - Reply

        My mom loved cooling water. The day before she died, that’s the song we let her listening too. May God rest his soul.

    • Hester Copeland August 31, 2021 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Your music will remain .RIP. Lee William’s. Prayers goes bbn out to alls.

    • Evangelist August 31, 2021 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      A true soilder of the Cross gone on Home! Condolences to his family and friends….ALREADY SURELY MISSED….

      • Annie September 1, 2021 at 12:53 am - Reply

        Mr.williams rest in heaven my heart is sad due to your passing I will keep listening to your songs because when am sick in pain all I do is play your music I can’tJesus, up ,Jesus is alive,I learn to live and depend on jesus, I can go on and on but I have to let your my mind sit in to accept u no longer with us so thank for your Beautiful voice the God gave you RIP your no one fan Mrs.Robertson from California!

        • Emma Lumpkin September 10, 2021 at 11:34 pm - Reply

          Lee William’s was
          An awesome singer. He had the smoothest look while he sang. I love listening to his songs. May GOD save our Souls!

      • Belinda Maeon Jackson September 1, 2021 at 5:29 pm - Reply

        Everytime I’d hear that Lee Williams Was coming to our Rome Georgia city auditorium our Gospel radio angel rip we church Lee Williams Was sorta a frozen statue Bout it down missing you already R I P Dr Lee Williams

      • Sharon Boyd September 1, 2021 at 7:16 pm - Reply
    • Mae Foxworth August 31, 2021 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      To the family and the Qualified Christian Singers let us remember there are places in our hearts set aside especially for one’s who are special to us; “Lee Williams” is one of those people we all will remember today and everyday. May God bring comfort to the family and the Spirtual QCs

    • Mrs.Murtice Beamon August 31, 2021 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      My heart goes out to Lee’s family. My favorite Gospel Singer. Words cannot express how I feel. Your music will forever be in my heart. The first time I heard you,you were it! You’ve been my number one every since. Take your well deserving rest. Tell the Angels you’re home. RIP❤️❤️❤️??

  3. Chiquita Heath August 30, 2021 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    This man of God has saved many lives with his spiritual blessings from on high! My mom and I had the pleasure of seeing him numerous times in concert. If the holy spirit didn’t move you something was definitely wrong. God certainly placed a true calling this individual ‘s life to bring others to Jesus and to know him as our savior. Lee Williams did just that. I’m truly thankful to God for sharing him with us for just a while so that he could touch as many souls as he did. To God be the glory!!

    • Wardell McGee August 31, 2021 at 10:10 am - Reply

      RIP blessings to the family

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    • Sandra Rudolph August 31, 2021 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      To the family of Lee Williams, he was an inspiration to many. Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s have brought me through a lot of sleepless nights and stormy days. They were my comfort when I lost several members of my family and continue to be a safe place for me when times get hard. When traveling they are number one on my YouTube play list. Mr. Williams will truly be missed.

      • Ethel Jones September 7, 2021 at 11:43 pm - Reply

        May God bless all of your love ones, and I know that your songs and life; spoke for you. Now you can join that heavenly choir. Will miss you but you have made your mari, here on earth, now I know Jesus b will receive you in His arms., singing your favorite song, Precious Lordm Family keep looking to the hills, for the joy of the Lord is our strength. Be bless.

    • Sharon henton August 31, 2021 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Lee made beautiful gospel music that brought people close to the Lord. I love his music and how he stand in one spot and let God have his way. You r going to be missed Lee but your legacy will carry on. RIP angel and keep praising the Lord.

      • Jeanette White September 1, 2021 at 2:17 am - Reply

        Well said
        RIP Dr. Lee Williams
        You were a remarkable singer
        and brought joy to so many hearts.

      • Emma Adams September 5, 2021 at 12:22 am - Reply

        My momma I love LEE WILLIAMS .

    • Bobby. H. Tyler September 1, 2021 at 12:44 am - Reply

      Yahoo mail

    • Dinah m.jones September 4, 2021 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Dinah m.jones mr.lee williams family may god continue to bless the family he was a great man and a great singer i enjoy all of his songs rest in peace.

  4. Valley Lloyd Jr August 31, 2021 at 1:13 am - Reply

    These Gospels Icons will never be forgotten. For their way of singing and praising God may God blessed them and their family Amen

    • Claudia Richardson August 31, 2021 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Rest in peace Mr. William…I always love hearing your music.
      It blessed my soul…thank you
      So much for doing what God called you to do.?

  5. Cora Frierson August 31, 2021 at 1:16 am - Reply

    RIP Brother in Christ! God rest your soul! His songs had such a hugh spiritual meaning to myself also for my now 24 yr old autistic non-verbal grandson. Each and every day!He listens to and shouts to “I’ve Learned to Lean” May God Comfort family and all the musicians who so beautifully played with him.

    • Vonda E Mayfield August 31, 2021 at 6:00 am - Reply

      My Condolences Too The Family
      Such A Great Singer. R I P

    • Hester Copeland August 31, 2021 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Lee you were a man of God in every aspect.singing and preaching at the same times. I could listen at Lee all night.i go to sleep playing his music.he were bless to lot people’s.

    • Paula August 31, 2021 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      This is my Favorite Gospel Singer. I been following Lee Williams and the spiritual qc’s for years..My heart is broken up??? I love you Dr. Lee Williams ❤

    • Altha cutright August 31, 2021 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Rip Lee Williams you will be missed! You can’t run you can’t hide!

  6. Felisha Clark August 31, 2021 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Rip Mr.Lee Williams your music always made me feel better when I was down . I started listening to you as a little child.My grandma lived your music .Go get your wings God is waiting on you in Heaven.

  7. L Henderson August 31, 2021 at 2:10 am - Reply

    I love loved Mr. Lee Williams and his amazing voice and his family singing,May GOD rest your soul you will be truly missed.but I Will continue listen and praising hearing your music, LORD take care of his amazing family.

  8. Jimmy Heard August 31, 2021 at 2:26 am - Reply

    For heaven ishappyone on God best have been God home ,so if u call lee and he don’t pick up u just no he was just passing by don’t u hear Our Father saying welcome home,and look at him with that smile on his face,yes we love u lee but your time had come I will never for get ur songs God bless your soul.we will all be together one day,God bless your family always love u.

  9. Mary Lewis August 31, 2021 at 2:50 am - Reply

    I loved all of his music enjoyed the time that I talked to him also had a little laugh with him thank God he lead a godly life so I say blessing unto his family. God blessed them all .from City of hope ocala Florida.

  10. Patricia A Juste August 31, 2021 at 2:58 am - Reply

    I have loved his music for a long time! My God bless his family and comfort them. He will always love on through the wonderful gift he left behind, witnessing to millions of people. REST IN PARADISE ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  11. Ella W. August 31, 2021 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Mr Williams was a great man of God. He lives forever. I loved his music so much.

  12. Beverly Beauchamp August 31, 2021 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Great gospel artist. Loved his music & testimonies. Always cool, calm & collected. Rest in heavenly peace.

    Condolences to his family??

  13. Anita Isra El August 31, 2021 at 3:29 am - Reply

    The Williams family should be very proud of the impact their loved one had on the the lives of people from all walks of life. I met him in person many years ago at a gospel singing in our area, he was a down to earth person and everybody was someone to him. He was taking pictures with some of his many fans. Your loved one was loved by many!

  14. virgil woodall August 31, 2021 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Rest well my brother in Christ. Your music and song.s have really carried me though a lot of sad and hard times in my life so take your rest job well done

  15. Sherran Russell August 31, 2021 at 3:47 am - Reply

    I was deeply saddened of Dr Lee Williams my Condolences goes out towards the Family, as well as everyone who ever sung with him – I learn to lean/ cooling water another Blessing with the Williams Brothers GOD BLESS

  16. Daniela Johnson August 31, 2021 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Rip Mr.lee Williams I love you song cool and water

  17. Kenneth Manning August 31, 2021 at 4:11 am - Reply

    I’m Kenneth Manning from dillon South Carolina.I’m so thankful that I had the chance to meet brother lee.I had a good I just say RIP.LEE.I CAN’T GIVE UP NOW.SINGING YOUR SONGS.

    • Diana L Jackson September 1, 2021 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Diana Jackson here, Akron, OH. Mr. Lee Williams rest on Heaven. I always love to hear “I can’t give up”. I come too far. Lord knows who will give up and want. Much love .

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  19. Willie Willis August 31, 2021 at 5:04 am - Reply

    My favorite of all time Mr Lee Williams I never got tired of listening to him. My favorite was somebody touched me.

  20. Ms. Pat August 31, 2021 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Yes? a true great angel up in heaven , cool in the water, God knows he was a calling of God

  21. Tetra August 31, 2021 at 5:25 am - Reply

    Be blessed family❤

  22. Courtnea calcote August 31, 2021 at 5:39 am - Reply

    My heart goes out to the family God has it all in control! Hang on in there and trust in God, peace and ? Love always remember”be good to one another ❤️””

  23. Phil Tarver August 31, 2021 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Another legend has gone on into rest. Prayers for his family. Great job as always Bob!

  24. Keyno Gilmore August 31, 2021 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Dr.Lee Williams and the Qc’s had and have some beautiful music,I really enjoy their music,Dr.Lee Williams will be missed. Thank You for your music. Let’s remember to keep the family in prayer.RIP Dr.Williams.

  25. Gwendolyn Murphy August 31, 2021 at 6:51 am - Reply

    My God where do I start lee williams you will forever be in my heart your music and soulful rough voice really moved my williams I truly love you I feel like I’ve lost a family member, much condolences to the family he will never ever be forgotten! God has him now and I believe he’s at total peace in every way!No more pain and no more sorrow in this uncertain world.

  26. Lashunda Smith August 31, 2021 at 7:32 am - Reply

    My godfather , Lee Williams, was not only a great godfather, singer, but most of all my best friend. He changed my life and made it worth living. He never made me feel less of a person, cause of me being in a wheelchair. He was so wonderful. I can’t say no more with out crying. Gone but definitely never forgotten. I’ll miss you so much daddy Lee

  27. LANDA WILLIAMS August 31, 2021 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Last time I saw Lee perform in Los Angeles, he was not well, the audience was so moved by him, we stopped and had a special prayer, God bless his spirit.

  28. Clyde Brown August 31, 2021 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Such a sad day,there is no other gospel singer that had a voice and could stand in place and sing like the late,great Lee Williams. Oh how I loves to see him in concert. I have his, cds that I play over and over singing along with the Spiritual QC.He will be gone but never forgotten. McWilliams just stop by He Gone Home.

    • Yvonne Miles September 8, 2021 at 5:34 am - Reply

      He will be Greatly missed all over the world, and his music and songs will continue to be remembered always,Condolences to the Family and his Spiritual Family ,In Jesus Name ?

      • Bettye lawson September 12, 2021 at 5:21 am - Reply

        I listing to Mr
        Lee music often on my job
        Help me make it thru my shift
        He will really be miss although no never met him in person . I was was hurt when I saw the news.
        Will truly be missed.

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  30. Tony Cleveland Sr August 31, 2021 at 9:52 am - Reply

    RIP you have been a pillar to the gospel music world we will miss you

  31. Evangelist Ann Fields August 31, 2021 at 10:01 am - Reply

    My Dad sang with the Gospel Stars. He remembers when Lee Williams was just a little guy… and that Lee was always a very serious young man. As senior citizens my Dad and Mom listened to Lee sing on tape every Sunday. Lee Willams and his group would come to Detroit every Palm Sunday and my parents would attend the concerts. Job well done Lee….❤

  32. JURAN Gulley August 31, 2021 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Lee Williams was definitely one of a kind my late father Adam Gulley loved himself some Lee Williams rest my brother you will be missed

  33. Van Harrison August 31, 2021 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Thanks again for allowing me to be able to make it this far in today works.Iwillforever lean on your path to right and pray for love and hugs. Amen.

  34. Linda Smith August 31, 2021 at 11:21 am - Reply

    So sad to learn of this. Mr.Williams songs really helped me back in 2000 when my grandmother passed and continues presently. My favorite is entitled ” I Can’t Give Up” . R.I.P Lee you’ve certainly left your mark in this world that is of great spiritual need!

  35. Eugene Clary August 31, 2021 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Eugene clary rest now brother.

  36. Saconda Crawford August 31, 2021 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    “can’t run, can’t hide”. This time, the warrant was for you, but the kind of warrant you have has a blessed warranty with it, I truly believe! You are resting in Jesus!!! That’s The ONLY WARRANT that I want to receive one day when death comes knocking!!! God bless your family and group❣️❤️?

  37. Shirley A Florence August 31, 2021 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    My heart truly goes out to his family.he finally made it to the top of the hill.he would
    Say that in his song.ive come too far to turn around now.this is my favorite song. He will be truly missed

  38. Linda williams August 31, 2021 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    RIp I love me some Williams Brothers Lee will be miss Rip

  39. Kim Hutchinson August 31, 2021 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace man of God remembering you in your Legend your music in the time that you came here a few times to Indianapolis Indiana which were live shows and remembering the picture I took with you I still have it from over 15 years ago God bless you and pray you will be found to come up when God sound the trumpet and to be raised to have live to live again in Jesus name becauses your music still to this day still will be saving souls

  40. Mr. Fisher /Cynthia Fisher August 31, 2021 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Our Prayers & Condolences go out to the family, May God give you strength to endure..
    RIP Our Brother. Your name will go down in history. You’ve left your mark in this Life..

  41. Mary Blackmon August 31, 2021 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Gospel music has taken a big hit with Lee passing. I love his music and his life style, never heard anything bad about him,.

  42. Pandora Boulkob August 31, 2021 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    RIP Lee Williams you will be miss, we know that you is up there singing as well you are a great legend

    • Sharon Boyd September 1, 2021 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      I love you music always had meaning always a song that just could help you thur whatever you were going thur. Mr William’s rest on to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Fly high angel.

  43. JoAnn Foote August 31, 2021 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I started with him from his humble beginnings, my grandmother had all of her daughters and granddaughters at every visit to St Louis, MO.
    To watch God grow him into the blessings that he bestowed on America is so awesome, can’t wait to we all come together and rejoice in the heavens, what a time that what a time it will be with no interruption. Too his wife and children thanks much for sharing and to uncle Mitchell, thanks for bringing him to us annually, may God peace rest upon you all.

  44. Wendolyn Y Baker August 31, 2021 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mr.Lee Williams for sharing your love of God through so many of your songs and testimonys.’Jesus Is Aive And Well’. Also, my favorite ‘I Can”t Gve Up” and so so many more.
    Your voice and definitely your songs will live on.
    Fly High Mr.Lee Williams we will miss you.

  45. Sherry Y Tyler August 31, 2021 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    RIP Mr Lee Williams My your. Music and memory of your life never be forgotten

  46. Etta Breland August 31, 2021 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    God truly blessed Mr. Lee Williams, may he R.I.P.

  47. Lena M Arnold August 31, 2021 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Lee William was truly a gospel singer that sang from the heart. No moving and jumping around he was humble and filled with the holy spirit. I always enjoyed his music. RIP

  48. Lorenzo Holloway August 31, 2021 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    RIP I will never forget the Good time, Cooling water It’s in my heart ,I can’t give up you see come I come to far to turn around now. God Bless this family and all the many fans who love the smooth sound of Mr. Williams and his group he will be missed.

  49. Henry Robinson August 31, 2021 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Rest well my brother I know you,re having a good time in heaven as you Learn to Lean on jesus,ad He have his way.

  50. Renata Horton August 31, 2021 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Our prayers are with the family and many friends right now as well as myself, I truly loved Mr. Lee Williams, may his soul rest now with the Lord Jesus Christ. My prayer is that one day we all is going to have to do the same thing, I want to be like Mr. Lee Williams ready when the Lord call my name praise God thank you Jesus!!! Hallelujah, we are praying for y’all now and for days to come. Love ❤️ ?❤️ Renata Horton, Charlotte, NC

  51. Cheryl Hunt August 31, 2021 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    “When all the saints are gathering home, what a time!” I know now what that means. My Daddy loved the music of Lee Williams and the Spiritual C Qs!With Rance, Aretha and now Mr. Lee Williams, he will be sitting by the banks of the river rejoicing! Thanks Mr. Lee!

  52. Lucille Scott August 31, 2021 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I met mr Williams in greenville s.c…at the bi-lo center..he was having a cup of coffee..he was the first professional gospel singer i’ve ever met..HE AND THE QC’S WERE AWESOME…..ive learn to lean is my favorite song he made..R.I.P. MR WILLIAMS.we love you but God love you best

  53. Mary Hinton August 31, 2021 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I will miss lee Williams singing I enjoy it very much

  54. Albertah Richardson-Banks August 31, 2021 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    My husband was dying of cancer so i would play his music to sooth his soul. On days or nights when i didn’t play songs he would say..arent we having church ? Then i would play songs over and over for him. When he had to go into hospice i still played songs for him. He died listening to the gospel qcs music. Such peace he had. Thank you Lee Williams and the Gospel QC’s.

  55. Daveal Adams August 31, 2021 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Mr. Lee Williams my mother & I loved traveling to see you in concert u will truly be missed! We love u Mr. Lee Williams!!!! u have touched so many lives including mines!!!!! Praying ? for your entire family!!!!! Welcome ?!!!!!!

  56. Josie August 31, 2021 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    My condolences and prayers go out to the family of the great Mr Lee Williams. I am so devastated and heartbroken over the passing of Mr Lee Williams. I loved his singing and his songs. I was privileged to attend many of his concerts and meet him and take pictures with him. I listen to him all of the time. He’s my favorite gospel artist and he was a true man of God. His songs truly minister to my life, my soul, and my spirit. There will never be another like him. He was the G.O.A.T. of Gospel Quartet music. Thank you Mr Lee Williams for great, distinctive, spiritual contributions to gospel music. RIHP MR LEE WILLIAMS!!! God has called a true soldier home. You will be forever and truly missed???#LeeWilliamsNumber1Fan4Ever!!

  57. Linda Williamson August 31, 2021 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    A truly legend has been chosen by GOD to join HIS ANGELS RIP

  58. Sondra Menefee August 31, 2021 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    RIP Lee Williams and you will never be Forgotten . Your Spirit will live on AMEN

  59. Shakonda August 31, 2021 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Take your rest servant. Every time I think of you, “ I’ll Wave my hand”. You will be missed.

  60. Faith Mortise-Muller August 31, 2021 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Sleep my brother in Christ, because your rewards await you. See you soon. I know you have joined that Heavenly Choir that Mahalia Jackson sung about.

  61. Linda Bryant August 31, 2021 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    God bless you Williams family. I love all of your music. Thank you giving your love ones Mr. Williams with the gift of song in his heart and Jesus Christ in his heart and life. He will be greatly missed. Linda Bryant and family

  62. Contell Johnson August 31, 2021 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Contell Johnson
    August 31 2021

    RIP Lee Williams we will miss you God got you now your music is with us forever

  63. Janice Green August 31, 2021 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I’m very sadden by passing of a great singer. May in rest in peace. My condolences goes out to the family. We will miss him dearly.

  64. Janice Green August 31, 2021 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I’m very sadden by the passing of a great, great singer. My condolences goes out to the family. We will miss him and that singing voice.

  65. M. Y. Mack August 31, 2021 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    There will never be another Dr. Lee Williams. I will always cherish my personal conversations with him as a humble man of God. WE all are just passing through, on our way home. Rest in peace. Praying for
    the family and all of Bro. Lees followers. WE WILL MEET AGAIN. Servant Rev.Margaret Yette Mack

  66. Carolyn Cofield August 31, 2021 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Lee Williams, my absolute favorite lead quartet artist! What a star that will continue to shine as your spiritual legacy lingers in the hearts of those that love you. Rest in the Saviors arms, your labor is not in vain.

  67. Angela August 31, 2021 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Absolutely LOVED this man! He was one of the most anointed and REAL gospel singer I have ever heard. It was NEVER a show to any of his concerts but he always MINISTERED in song!

  68. Lula Mason August 31, 2021 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    RIP Mr. Lee Williams.

  69. Valerie Scott August 31, 2021 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Rip Mr Lee .And yes sir Jesus will fix it.

  70. Altheda Winford August 31, 2021 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I really was blessed to hear an see him in many concerts. He was such a God fearing Man. I have all of his Cd’s an will never forget him. Bless your family.

    • Fannie Bryant September 1, 2021 at 2:32 am - Reply

      Your music really touched the heart and soul.

  71. DORIS FRANKLIN August 31, 2021 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    My prayers are with the family of Mr Lee Williams. I will never forget you or you music.
    Rest on my dear brother. You never gave up.

  72. Regina Harris-Porterfield August 31, 2021 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Lee Williams will certainly be missed, I offer my sincere condolences and prayers to his family. I thank God for allowing Mr. Williams to minister to us through his singing . I Learned to Lean on Jesus was my favorite.

  73. Nora Washington August 31, 2021 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    May God ? your family and Spiritual Qcs my Daughter and I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Williams numerous times when my oldest son passed away tell the angles I am on my way was a new meaning thank you Mr. Williams just a little more ? Rest in peace

  74. Betty Roby August 31, 2021 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace Mr Lee Williams my entire family will miss you we love you listen to you daily my son even sings your song just like you

    • Sumter SC September 1, 2021 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      My heart is heavy l love myself some Lee Williams hi will be miss words cannot express the way l feel but one thing for sure take your well des serving rest you don’t give up now my heart goes out to your group family your wife and kids God blesd

  75. Yolanda August 31, 2021 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    My condolences to your family. Such a beautiful sound, and soul. I’ve burned out so many on your songs. I listen to u, and The QC’s everyday practically. I know your still doing what you do best just in a different place now. RIP Mr. Lee Williams

  76. Deborah Peters September 1, 2021 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Dr.Lee Williams has gained his wings .they Group was a blessing to us to hear them sing was awesome he’s gone but never forgotten I play they music I just love them Take your Gold crown and wings and Rest in the lord my friend

  77. Deborah Peters September 1, 2021 at 12:06 am - Reply

    .Lee Williams has gained his wings .they Group was a blessing to us to hear them sing was awesome he’s gone but never forgotten I play they music I just love them Take your Gold crown and wings and Rest in the lord my friend

  78. Annie Robertson September 1, 2021 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Mr.williams rest in heaven my heart is sad due to your passing I will keep listening to your songs because when am sick in pain all I do is play your music I can’tJesus, up ,Jesus is alive,I learn to live and depend on jesus, I can go on and on but I have to let your my mind sit in to accept u no longer with us so thank for your Beautiful voice the God gave you RIP your no one fan Mrs.Robertson from California!

  79. Benita Goston September 1, 2021 at 3:59 am - Reply

    My Condolences to the William’s family..
    Lee William’s music helped me through many trials and I felt like I knew him through his music. Thank you Mr. Williams..R.I.P

  80. Jerry Green September 2, 2021 at 4:08 am - Reply

    God Bless and ? love from pastor green of Fresno California

  81. George Randle Jr. September 2, 2021 at 9:54 am - Reply

    My favorite gospel singer wad he. I will miss him dearly and as one of my favorite songs by him “I can’t give up” will live on in me. Till we meet again Dr. Lee

  82. John D Moore September 2, 2021 at 10:57 am - Reply

    My good friend Lee Williams you surely will be met the God bless you and I love all of your singing John Moore 55

  83. Valerie Collins September 2, 2021 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Doctor Lee Williams and The SQC’s had and have a voice that makes you want to listen to the music any day, night, morning, or afternoon. Oh my God sometimes this special song would pop in my head I JUST STOPPED BY & TELL THE ANGELS!!!!!!!! I never got a chance to see y’all in person, but it’s just like i did cause i have all y’all music. You will never be forgotten! RIP DOCTOR LEE WILLIAMS.

  84. Rena S. Kearse September 3, 2021 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Condolences to the family of Dr Lee Williams. Met and talked with him when him and the Spiritual QCs visited Denmark SC and Augusta GA. An humble servant of God. Take your rest ???.

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  86. Rhonda F Pittman September 5, 2021 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    My condolences to Mr. Williams family. Lee Williams and the Qcs music has and will be an inspiration to keep me going and not give up. I had an brain aneurysm surgery this past week and Mr Williams music had pushed me to doing the surgery . Listening and believing in God ” HE WILL FIX IT” I went thru the surgery and all went well. Came home the next day. Bless Mr Williams an ANGEL of the lord above.

    • Jerry Thomas September 6, 2021 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Think You Mr.Lee Williams/ Dr.William.
      For Sharing your talent that GOD BLESSED YOU WITH.With all of the World.Rest In Peace.
      My Brother in the LORD.

  87. Jerry Thomas September 6, 2021 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Think You Mr.Lee Williams/ Dr.William.
    For Sharing your talent that GOD BLESSED YOU WITH.With all of the World.Rest In Peace.
    My Brother in the LORD.

  88. Addie Eleby September 7, 2021 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    The Golden voice is singing in the Heavenly Choir.

  89. E Williams September 7, 2021 at 10:37 pm - Reply
    Rest in peace,
    I am so happy that you Stopped by here on your
    Way home,
    You will be truly missed,

  90. Susie Seward September 8, 2021 at 1:45 am - Reply

    To me Lee Williams was the most humble men of God that I have meet. His music was anointed and powerful. The Spiritual Q C’s was awesome together by the power of God. Rest in peace.. You will be missed. You do leave a legacy to live on. God bless your family and friends.

  91. Kenneth Miller September 8, 2021 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Mr. Lee Williams, God truly laid his hands on you, your voice was heard around the world and touch many people, im one if those people, and I will always remember the Good times.

  92. Marie Smith September 8, 2021 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mr Williams for blessing my soul. I truly enjoyed going to your concerts listening at you and the group sing. May you rest in peace ❤️?

  93. Louisa Clayton September 9, 2021 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Rest in power and continue to fly high, Mr. Lee Williams. You told the angels you would be up there to stay and they welcomed you in. Quartet is in my DNA and you were my all time favorite. Tell my Momma and Daddy I said hello and I miss them.

  94. Mr. Lavern Jackson September 10, 2021 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Rip we Love you

  95. Carol young September 10, 2021 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    RIP! You brought many years of joy thru your music.

    • Dorothy Young September 11, 2021 at 11:18 pm - Reply

      I’m Dorothy Young. From Ft. Wayne, In. RIP MR. Williams your Heavenly Voice will be missed hear on earth, The Heavenly Choir is waiting on your arrival????????

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  97. Donald Rascoe September 11, 2021 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    May god bless the family in this time.

  98. Bettyplatt September 12, 2021 at 9:41 pm - Reply
    • Betty J Platt September 12, 2021 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      If I had got the chance to mee lee williams my gospel life would be complete. I loves his music her reminds me of my brother who passed away 2 years.i love this man when I’m down he lifts me upR.i.p mr lee williams.gone but never be for gotten I play his music all the time.i have two vhs tapes I found at a good will store about 10 years my treasure. Love this man he could shake a leg and sing his tail off.hurted my heart when I saw he had gone home.i live in Wisconsin but if I knew what city he would have been in I would have been there.r.n.p lee william I know that heaven is enjoying you.

  99. Mechelle September 14, 2021 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Lee Williams. I know of you by one of your songs, “Cooling Water”
    I was very saddened by the news of your passing. You don’t have to know someone personally to feel a loss and I felt that yesterday as I was watching his homegoing on YouTube and tears were welling up in my eyes like they are right now. I wanna say and ask God to keep his loving arms around the family and know that we all will see him again. In Jesus Name. Amen?

  100. Pearl Hawkins-Coleman May 12, 2023 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    My nephew showed me Lee Williams and The Williams Brothers singing “ Cooling Waters”, that was in April , 2023.
    I had never heard of Lee Williams, but that song and the demeanor of Lee Williams touched my soul in such a way that I started attending church again.
    Dr. Lee Williams was truly a messenger sent by God.

  101. […] Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s have received numerous awards and accolades throughout their career. They were one of the few quartets that regularly made the Billboard gospel charts, with their album “Fall on Me” even reaching the Billboard 200. Their exceptional talent and dedication to their craft earned them honors such as Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year and Traditional Quartet of the Year at the Stellar Awards (Journal of Gospel Music). […]

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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.