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  • 10-20-17: Pray for the family of Mildred Spethmann (mom of RuthAnn DeForest). Mildred passed away 10-2-17 at the age of 102.5. She and RuthAnn sponsored many popular Southern Gospel concerts. Memorial service will be held Saturday Oct. 28, 2017 at El Cajon Wesleyan Church, 1500 E. Lexington Ave, El Cajon @ 10am. In lieu of flowers you may designate a donation to the “Gospel Concert Fund” at El Cajon Wesleyan Church, 1500 E. Lexington Ave, El Cajon, CA 92019. Funds received will be used to sponsor a gospel concert in memory of Mildred and would be a tax-deductible donation. For more info, see: For more info, call RuthAnn @ (619) 442-5941
  • 10-14-17: Pray for the family of Elouise Pearson (wife of Jerry Pearson, bass singer for many groups including The Songfellows). Elouise passed away Oct. 14, 2017. Memorial Service will be Saturday Oct. 28, 2017 @ Greenlawn Funeral Home Northeast, 3700 River Blvd, Bakersfield @ 10am. For more info, see:!/Obituary or call Greenlawn Funeral Home Northeast @ 661-324-9701
  • 1-11-16: Please pray for missing son of one of our singers who has been missing since 8-29-15. His name is Elijah "Bear" Diaz, 20 years old, 5'10", 110 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, missing from the San Diego area, has a bear claw tatoo on his forearm. The family believes he was taken from his home since he had just had foot surgery and could not walk or drive, he needs medication forType 1 diabetes. If you have any information, please contact El Cajon Police Dept @ 619-441-1596 or the family's private investigator Trish Gray @ 714-418-3899 (phone or text) or e-mail News video here- click here See more info here: or
  • 4-27-17: Please pray for the family of John Paul Jackson. John had battled cancer for several years and had recently had a heart attack requiring a double by-pass, mixed with diabetes and multiple health issues, John lost his battle today. He had been fighting for his life at UCLA Hospital for over two months. Pray for his wife Jenny. Jenny and his students will continue his piano tuning business.
  • 4-22-17: Please pray for the family of Dave Campbell, bass singer with The Regents. Dave passed away April 8, 2017. Memorial Service for Dave will be Saturday May 13, 2017 @ Pioneer Baptist Church, 11717 Pioneer Blvd., Norwalk @ 3pm. For more info, call Billy Brisendine at: (661) 213-4033. To see Dave's Memorial Tribute, go here:
  • 2-4-17: Memorial Service for Gary Young (long time promoter of Southern Gospel music and a part of the WSGMA since its early days) will be Feb. 11, 2017 (Sat) @ Valley Baptist Church Fruitvale Campus (Sanctuary), 4800 Fruitvale Ave, Bakersfield @ 10:30am. Church Phone: 661-393-5683. Fellowship in the Great Room at Valley Baptist Church Olive Drive Campus immediately following the service (same address but around the corner on Olive Drive).

  • 2-1-17: Gary Young has been a friend and promoter of Southern Gospel music and a part of the WSGMA since its early days passed away today after a long illness. Please join us in praying for Gary's family during this season.

  • 2-1-17: Ben and Phyllis Singley have been long time friends of gospel music in Southern California. They're STILL going through a very tough situation with their granddaughter, Carrie, and her cancer treatments and need some help. Carrie has two young daughters and husband not working. Ben and Phyllis are having to pay all the co-pays on Carrie's medical expenses. They really cannot financially continue to do this, but their desire is to help Carrie as much as possible. More tumors have been found and she is now on dialysis. If you'd like to contribute, go to: Thank you.

  • 1-11-17: California Melody Boy's trailer, sound equipment, and entire stock of CDs, were stolen on Christmas Eve. Financial recovery of this loss is very difficult in regards to insurance coverage. Over the years they have tried hard to put quality equipment in front of audiences to enhance performances. Therefore their equipment is expensive. If you can help donate to help replace their equipment, please see their GoFundMe page here:
  • 6-5-16: Please pray for the loved ones of Mona Monoszlay; Mona passed away of cancer 6-3-16. Mona sang with the ladies trio- Harmony.
  • 2-16-16: The arrangements have been finalized for Ralph Dean's memorial service. The viewing is going to be 2-26-16 at Advantage Funeral Home, 627 Main Street, Huntington Beach from 4 to 8pm. The memorial service will be at Emmanuel Church, Saturday Feb. 27 at 11am, at 15941 Virginia Ave., Paramount, CA 90723

  • 2-11-16: Please pray for the family of Ralph Dean. Ralph Dean passed away early this afternoon. Memorial Service Info TBA when available.

  • 1-28-16: Please pray for healing for Ralph Dean. He has been diagnosed with cancer. Any questions on details, please call Shelva at 714-720-4370. Received the following from his grandaughter Brittney Dean:

    To My Southern Gospel Music Family, I'd like to ask that you please keep my Papa, Ralph Dean, in your prayers. Last Friday he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Since then we have learned that it is a very aggressive type that is also in his kidneys and lungs. He experiences pain in waves & gets short of breath easily. We are praying for a miraculous healing and for good days ahead for Papa and peace for our family with whatever Gods will may be. Thank you so much for your continued prayers & support it means the world to me! Blessings, Brittney

  • 11-20-15: It is with great sadness that Todd Phillips of Redemption Ministry and the family of Teresa Phillips report that Teresa Phillips passed away on 11-17-15 at Arrowhead Regional Hospital in Colton CA and is now in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven - celebrating with her daughter Rachelle who passed away 3 years ago at the age of 17. The family is in need of funds for funeral expenses. Please see for more info.  A donation may also be made to the Teresa Phillips Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank, the account number is 7918298055, please mention that the account is under the name of "April Cash" - a friend of Todd & Teresa's.

  • 9-26-15: Ben and Phyllis Singley have been long time friends of ours and of gospel music in Southern California. They're going through a pretty tough situation right now with their granddaughter, Carrie, and her cancer treatments and need some help. If you'd like to contribute, go to: Thank you.

  • 9-26-15: Prayers for MANY OF OUR SINGERS who have recently lost loved ones.

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