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Howard Goodman Recovering From Knee Surgery
On June 25th, 2001 Howard Goodman underwent knee surgery on both of his knees. In the June internet newsletter of The Happy Goodmans, Howard discloses his thoughts on why he made the decision to undergo knee surgery. A Message From Howard ... They have asked Vestal write various newsletters to you and I've been wondering when they were going, to ask me to write one. Well, now I have my chance....
"Brother Strickland" Passes Away
Charles W Strickland, known to WKKE listeners as "Brother Strickland," passed away Tuesday, July 3rd. Born in Fair Bluff, NC, on April 13, 1917, Brother Strickland began spinning Gospel records in 1948 and continued to spread the Gospel through that method for 53 continuous years. His final program aired on WKKE on Monday, July 2nd. Mr Strickland is survived by his wife of 66 years (Gladys), one...
Laymen In Need Of Tenor
The Laymen are currently searching for a tenor singer. Those interested can contact Markie Hoggard at (252) 794 4721 or by Email at MHoggardjr@aol.com.
Wilmington Based Recording Company Members Named State Grand Champion
Two groups representing a Wilmington-based recording company won the Grand Champion and Consolation awards at the 81st State Annual Singing Convention held June 22-24 in Benson, NC. There were about 1500 gospel music lovers on site Sunday to hear the southern gospel rendition of "Let's Have A Revival" as sung by the Pillar Record Family Choir and featured solo artists Sherry Watkins, Paula Greene...
Christine Phillips Returns To Touring
Christine Phillips, founding member of The Phillips Family of Nashville, TN, was diagnosed with Lymphoma and Coombes Anemia (very rare) in the Spring of 2000. After a long battle with weakness and fatigue, Christine underwent surgery for the removal of her spleen. From there, her Doctors decided to put her on chemotherapy. Christine's recent tests revealed good white and red cell counts. She's...
Nellie Rice Reese Passes Away
Nellie Lou Nancy Rice Reese, mother of the Kingsmen's Ray Dean Reese, died Friday, July 6, 2001. She had been in declining health. The 99 year old Nellie Reese was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and the adult ladies Bible class. She was preceded in death by one son as well as ten brothers and sisters. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Ray Dean and Carolyn Robinson Reese of...
Pop Klaudt's Funeral Arrangements
Rev. R.H. Klaudt, founder of the Klaudt Indian Family Gospel Singers, will be buried at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Duluth, Georgia on Saturday. Visitation will be Saturday July 7th, 2001 at 12:30 PM at Bill Head Funeral Home, 3088 Hwy 120, Duluth, GA. 30136. Phone: 770.476.2535. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at 2:30 PM following visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family...
Jim Wesson Hospitalized
Jim Wesson of the Chuck Wagon Gang is hospitalized in an Asheville, NC hospital. He is currently undergoing tests and treatment for a heart condition. Jim is doing fine and hopes to be released soon.
Dixie Echoes Seeking Tenor
Following the recent resignation of Kevin Ivey, the Dixie Echoes are seeking someone to fill the tenor position. Randy Shelnut has requested anyone interested in applying for this position to please send a resume to rshelnut@aol.com.
Rev. R.H. Klaudt Goes To His Final Reward
Pop Klaudt, patriarch and founder of the Klaudt Indian Family, passed away this morning July 5th, 2001 at 6:45 AM. Pop was rushed to the Emory Dunwoody Medical Center Suburban Atlanta Georgia during the early morning hours of July 3rd. The Klaudt Family wishes to express thanks for the enormous amount of prayers that came in from around the World due to the support of the Gospel Singing Community....
Rev. R.H. Klaudt In Critical Condition
Ninety-two year old Pop Klaudt, original member of the Klaudt Indian Family was admitted to Emory Dunwoody Medical Center in Suburban Atlanta Georgia in the early morning hours of July 3, 2001. His condition has progressively deteriorated and is now critical. The tests are still being diagnosed and the medical prognosis is not encouraging. Please pray for Pop Klaudt and the medical team assisting...
Kevin Ivey Resigns From Dixie Echoes
In an open letter to Singing News, Kevin Ivey said: "On June 29th, I officially gave Randy Shelnut notice that I will be leaving the Dixie Echoes. After 5 years and 2 months, due to personal family health issues, I have been faced with the difficult decision to resign my position as tenor singer with the Dixie Echoes. I will remain with the Dixie Echoes until Randy finds the right person to...