Eldridge Fox laid to rest
Wednesday, November 27, 2002
On Monday, November 25, 2002, several hundred friends, fans and relatives of Eldridge Fox gathered at Ridgeway Baptist Church in Candler, NC, to say farewell to the veteran Southern Gospel performer.
Following a prelude that featured the talents of several former Kingsmen piano players (among them Andrew Ishee and Tim Lovelace), the voice of Fox was heard singing "At The Crossing." Fox's pastor, Rev Jackie Collins (Ridgeway Baptist) offered the Invocation before Karen Peck Gooch stepped to the platform to deliver a heart-felt acoustic version of "Daddy's Home."
Greg Fox, as well as Rev Collins, offered eulogies before one of Fox's favorite groups, the Primitive Quartet, sang "Only Gone From Our Sight." Rev Ray Talley (a former pianist of the Kingsmen) and Squire Parsons (former baritone vocalist of the Kingsmen) gave humorous yet inspiring recollections of Fox, setting the moment for Rev Collins to present a message of Christian comfort to those who had gathered. Following a congregation hymn (one of Fox's favorites - "Shall We Gather At The River"), Rev Cecil Fox, Fox's uncle and long-time friend, prayed the Benediction.
Following one final performance by "Foxy," (a live recording of "I've Been Waitin' Lord To Go"), the casket bearing the 66-year old body of Fox was carried to the church cemetery. Rev Collins spoke a brief final comments before Squire Parsons sang "Sweet Beulah Land" and Tim Surrett (former Kingsmen vocalist and musician) stood next to the casket and sang "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be."
Serving as pallbearers were Chris Scorsone, Eric McKinney, Jeff Collins, David Johnson, Tim Surrett and Danny Shook. Honorary pallbearers were Rankin Hipp, Maurice Templeton, Joe Brown, Randy Flack and all past Kingsmen Quartet members.