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Keep praying for Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys

Written by Staff on May 21, 2019 – 7:28 am -

Ed O'Neal

Ed O’Neal

Ed O’Neal & The Dixie Melody Boys 

Committed To Spread The Gospel Even Through Present Challenges
Kinston, NC – Since organizing nearly six decades ago, The Dixie Melody Boys have enjoyed much success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous Fan Award nominations. Hit releases have flowed their way in bunches. The goal of delivering a first-class performance filled with excitement, energy and lots of great traditional, Southern Gospel Music are traits which have been instilled in each group member by their leader Ed O’Neal, a 55-year Gospel Music veteran, who was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2004.
Ed O’Neal is no stranger to changes and adversities. In fact, over the past five and a half decades he has seen over 90 personnel changes. “That has to be a record in this business,” Ed says with a chuckle. Even with all those changes, the adversity he is currently experiencing seems to be one of his biggest challenges. “On April 1, I was involved in a pretty serious automobile accident. It has been a tough recovery, but I am doing much better and starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Ed stated while recuperating from his daughter’s home in Kinston, NC.
Dixie Melody Boys

Dixie Melody Boys

Throughout the past six weeks Mr Ed, as he is affectionately known to countless fans and promoters, has been going through rehabilitation, and although he still has more treatment and therapy ahead, he is excited about eventually making his way back on the road, even if it’s only on a limited basis. “Willie (Sawrey) and the guys have worked really hard to fulfill the commitments we have, and they’ve done a very good job. I am managing the group, just as I always have, even though I presently can’t be on the road,” Ed explains. “There have been a lot of rumors out there circulating that I am never coming back on the road and that I am selling the group or that the group is coming off the road. I can tell you that I am committed to managing The Dixie Melody Boys as long as I am able to do so. I’ve put a lot of years into The Dixie Melody Boys. I love the promoters and the pastors who have supported us over the years. They are lifelong friends, and I look forward to seeing many of them again when I am able to be back on the road.”

Ed O’Neal’s love for the people, his desire to always present quality, quartet music, united with his desire to never compromise his responsibility to spread the Gospel through Southern Gospel Music in a professional manner has allowed The Dixie Melody Boys to remain at the forefront of Southern Gospel Music for nearly six decades. Those are also the forces that are compelling him to recover and get back out and see folks he has missed seeing during his recovery time. “I don’t know what the future holds. I am almost 83 years old now and not getting any younger,” the veteran bass singer says smiling. “But I can tell you this, Beckie Simmons and her great staff are booking dates for The Dixie Melody Boys every week, and we’re excited about that.”
A brief conversation with this Southern Gospel Music living legend quickly confirms the joyful spirit he has always possessed, as well as his desire to see The Dixie Melody Boys continue on for many years to come. “I want to see The Dixie Melody Boys continue the great tradition I started a long time ago. The faces and the names may change but The Dixie Melody Boys still have a message to share, and I still believe God has great things in store.”
Those who would like to send cards of encouragement to Ed O’Neal may send those to The Dixie Melody Boys at 1802 Oxford Road, Kinston, NC 28504. Churches and promoters interested in scheduling The Dixie Melody Boys may contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at 615-595-7500 or via email at
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Joey+Rory: Some Things Are Meant To Be

Written by Staff on February 5, 2016 – 4:37 pm -

Joey+Rory and friends

Joey+Rory and friends

Rory shares another chapter in the story of the couples’ journey through marriage, music and the medical mysteries of cancer.

Rory shares: “Some things are meant to be. They’re bigger than us. Bigger than coincidence.
And the only way you can explain them is…

Read more here.

Joey+Rory need our continued prayers. Please remember them today.

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Gail Shelby rushed to hospital

Written by Staff on December 21, 2015 – 7:29 am -

Gail SHelby

Mike and Gail Shelby

SGN Scoops has been asking readers for prayer and support  of Gail Shelby of Eternary Vision as she waits for a double lung transplant. It was reported yesterday on her Facebook page that Gail’s condition suddenly took a turn for the worse in Sunday December 20th.

Gail’s son Michael posted:

After driving all night from our concert in Kennett Missouri, to Taylorsville, KY, we are now on our way back home to Knoxville. Mama Gail has been taken back to the hospital and we must get back. Please don’t call or message with inquiries on Gail’s condition, we will bring everyone up to date on that issue later. Right now we r asking for prayers! Our God is able! Our sincerest apologies to Pastor Chad Goodlett and the wonderful folks of Taylorsville Community, for us having to cancel this morning. These our some of my favorite folks in the world, and one of the places I look forward to singing at the most every year! Of course they have been completely supportive and praying right a long with us. Once again, please pray Church!

SGN Scoops sends our prayers to Gail and Mike Shelby for healing and comfort.

More information on Gail and Eternal Vision here.

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Keep praying for Joey

Written by scoopsnews on November 9, 2015 – 8:16 am -


From “This Life I Live Blog”

We prayed.  We all prayed.

God answered.

At 4 am on Friday morning we rushed Joey to the hospital in Muncie.  Her pain had become too much to bare.  A few hours later the doctors told us that the pain was from the cancer tumors continuing to grow and become inflamed and we need to concentrate now on helping her be comfortable.

Not the answer we hoped for… but the answer He has given us.

After a series of different medications that didn’t seem to touch the pain – heavy doses of morphine brought Joey sweet relief.

I spent the night in the hospital with her last night.  Today we are planning to bring her home.

The last couple of mornings, I’ve brought Indiana up here to spend time with her mama.  Both of their eyes light up the moment they see each other.

It’s been beautiful.

To keep up with the latest on Joey, click HERE

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Cross Pointe Families Need Your Help

Written by Staff on April 27, 2015 – 1:00 pm -

Cross Pointe Trio

Cross Pointe Trio

The Cross Pointe Church recently had an outbreak of botulism and the story has reached national media outlets.

[See: One dead, 23 others sick from suspected botulism at Ohio church on]

Cross Pointe Church in Lancaster, OH

Cross Pointe Church in Lancaster, OH

Pastor Bill Pitts writes: “We need help in a great way with over 25 being hospitalized with all levels of medical needs. We have also seen great miracles. I took one man home last night from one of the six hospitals that our people are in. He “walked out” of ICU straight to my car.

“We have set up a Cross Pointe Family Relief Fund [see below for information.]

“I am also part of Cross Pointe Southern Gospel group. In fact, Debbie Wright, a singer in our group, has been in the hospital all week.

“Cross Pointe will be seeing you at Creekside this year and we believe healing will have taken place and we will be stronger than ever.” 

Please send donations today to:

Cross Pointe Family Relief Fund

657 E. Main Street

Lancaster, Ohio 43130




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From Gerald Wolfe

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 24, 2011 – 4:39 pm -

From Gerald Wolfe If it comes to your mind, please remember to pray for us as we travel this weekend. After our Sunday Morning Worship Service, the bus will roll toward Tennessee, and I will fly from Dallas to Atlanta to prepare for my surgery on Monday. Right now, I’m scheduled to go “under the knife” at 11am (Eastern), so your prayers around that time would be very much appreciated.

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On the passing of Tony Greene

Written by Scoops Staff on September 28, 2010 – 2:35 pm -

NORTH CAROLINA – Beloved gospel singer Tony Greene has passed away today, confirmed by a report from his brother-in-law, Dean Hopper.

Tony was hospitalized last week and has been battling aggressive infections ever since. He was 41.

He leaves behind his loving wife TaRanda, young daughters Isabella and Jocelyn, his mother Carolyn, his brother Tim, his sister Kim [Hopper], his nieces, and many friends and fans.

We celebrate his life today as we pray for and mourn with his family.

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Prayers For: Karen Peck and New River in Bus Accident

Written by Scoops Staff on September 1, 2010 – 9:57 am -

SGN Scoops received word from Jeff Hawes of Karen Peck and New River that the group was involved in an accident this morning while driving through Dawsonville, GA. Their bus was side-swept by a pick-up truck.

The group’s bus is severely damaged, though thankfully a broken finger suffered by the product manager is the most severe injury reported. The driver of the truck, however, has been airlifted to Atlanta Hospital. Please keep this man and his family in your prayers.

We will update when more information is received.

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Southern Gospel Times Editor Undergoes Two Surgeries, Hospitalization

Written by Scoops Staff on August 4, 2010 – 3:48 pm -

Newburgh, IN — Southern Gospel Times Editor, David East is home recovering after an extended hospital stay, during which Mr. East underwent two surgeries and an MRI which revealed several ruptured discs and a displaced spine. During his time in the hospital, Mr. East was also successfully treated for a severe infection resulting from diabetes-related complications that required intravenous IV antibiotics.

Mr. East is well known among Southern Gospel circles not only for the popular Southern Gospel Times website but also for his singing and instrumental abilities. Currently singing and playing keyboards with the Original Gospel Sounds, Mr. East’s solo performance at the 2009 Branson Gospel Music Convention was very well accepted. The Original Gospel Sounds have suspended performances while Mr. East recuperates. Churches, fans, friends and loved ones have been praying and continue to pray for his recovery.

According to Mr. East’s wife, Bobbie, “I’ve seen God move when the doctors couldn’t, and there is no doubt in my mind this will strengthen our faith in Him. This trial will become a blessing, this tragedy will become a triumph, and God will make this a marvelous testimony. Sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone for your prayers, thoughts and anything else you may have done on our family’s behalf. Please continue to remember David in your prayers as he recovers.”

In Mr. East’s absence, the Southern Gospel Times news content and monthly articles have not been updated; However, the 100% Fan-Voted Southern Gospel Music Chart has not been affected because it tabulates the voting results and posts them automatically each week. A representative explained, “Because of his illness, David has not been able to approve any new content for the site. We are looking into different options to get the news and articles updated and hope to have something in place by the end of July to get everything caught up. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this difficult time.”

You can send a personal get-well wish for David East to:

The Southern Gospel Times can be found at:

For more information, please contact the Southern Gospel Times via email at or via phone at: 615-752-2243.

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Prayers for Mike and Kelly Bowling

Written by Scoops Staff on July 7, 2010 – 12:20 pm -

Staff report- On Thursday July 1, 2010, The Bowling Family was involved in a serious bus accident involving a tractor trailer on I 85 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  News reports confirmed as many as 10 people were injured in the crash.  Mike Bowling was airlifted to the hospital from the scene. The Bowlings and their crew suffered various broken bones and several serious injuires requiring months of healing. Currently, the Bowling family and Terah Penhollow have been released from the North Carolina hospital and are now in Tennessee.
There has been an enormous outpouring of support for the Bowlings from the gospel music industry, family, friends and fans.  SGNScoops would like to express our concern and invite our reading audience to extend well wishes,prayer and financial support to the Bowling family during this difficult time. Cards may be sent to The Bowling Family 242 West Main Street PMB 373 Hendersonville, TN 37075.  Financial support may be sent by check to Pinnacle Bank West End Attention: Becky Mcillwain 2300 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203.  Online donations can be made directly through pay-pal on the Bowling’s website:
Please stay tuned to for the latest updates on the Bowling Family.

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