2011-05-27 / LifeStyles

Local church to honor legendary gospel singing quartet

Bethany Baptist Church will hold its fifth Sunday singing on May 29 during the 11 a.m. worship service. The singing will be a tribute to the Statesmen Quartet. They are known as the pioneers of contemporary Christian music and southern gospel music.

The Statesmen Quartet was a southern gospel music group founded in 1948 by Hovie Lister.

Along with the Blackwood Brothers, the Statesmen Quartet was considered the most successful and influential gospel quartet of the 1950s. Their distinctive style made them a premiere gospel singing group for two decades, and their work became a standard for modern gospel quartets.

From 1948 to 1952, the group underwent several changes. In 1953, Lister’s vision of the premiere lineup was realized with the addition of Denver Crumpler as tenor. Crumpler joined Jake Hess (lead), Doy Ott (baritone), and James ‘Big Chief’ Weatherington (bass), with Lister on piano and master of ceremonies.

The church will also kickoff Vacation Bible School (VBS) activities for this year at 6 p.m. that evening. There will be a cookout and games for the children.

VBS will be held Monday, May 30, through Friday, June 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., aged from birth through high school. The theme for this year’s VBS is “SonSurf, Beach Bash VBS.”

The children will “Meet Up With Jesus” on Monday, “Look Up to Jesus” on Tuesday, “Join Up With Jesus” on Wednesday, on Thursday “Open Up To Jesus,” and Friday “Fire Up For Jesus.” Commencement will be held Sunday, June 5, at 6 p.m.

For more information on these events, contact church pastor the Rev. Roger W. Ham at (864) 488-5553.

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