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Pray for Lou Wills Hildreth and family

Written by Staff on December 30, 2018 – 9:45 am -

Howard and Lou Hildreth

Howard and Lou Hildreth

We at SGNScoops are saddened to hear of the passing of Howard Hildreth, loving husband of Lou Wills Hildreth. Among many other achievements in Gospel music, Ms. Lou was a writer for SGNScoops for many years. Many of us treasure her friendship and grieve with her and her family in their loss.

Lou and Howard Hildreth join the Creekside Gospel Music Convention choir

Lou and Howard Hildreth join the Creekside Gospel Music Convention choir

Howard Elton Hildreth, Jr., passed away on December 26. He and his beloved Lou had been married for 72 years. Howard also leaves behind their son, David, daughter, Kathryn, and four grandchildren.

The celebration of life service for Howard will be held on January 5, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home, located at 4216 South Bowen Road, Arlington, Texas, 76016

Lou Hildreth's plaque in the SGMA Hall of Fame

Lou Hildreth’s plaque in the SGMA Hall of Fame

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a donation be made in Howard’s name to the SGMA Hall of Fame, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Address for the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame:
P.O. Box 6729
Sevierville, Tenn.

For more on Howard and Lou Hildreth, visit

In the August, 2018, issue of SGNScoops, Lou Hildreth wrote another Live, Love and Legends column. We thought we would reprint it here:

It is always an honor to be included in this excellent magazine. It has been awhile since I have contributed an article, but be assured my desire remains the same as before – to share blessings and honor our heavenly Father.

Howard and I are living comfortably in a Senior Retirement Center in Houston, Texas. We are thankful that our daughter Kathryn and our son David live nearby. We have four grandchildren who visit us often. Yes, we are blessed!  

One of my favorite bible verses is 2 Timothy 1:7,  “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” The other scripture is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine that others will see your good works and glorify God.” And we know without a doubt, our salvation comes by our trust in Jesus Christ and the cross, not of works, lest we boast.

Dear readers, let me share a wonderful event that brought so much joy to this old heart. My brother, Bob Wills, carries on the Singing Wills Family legacy. He hosts a gospel music event every Friday night at Dove Creek Café in Roanoke, Texas, serving the Fort Worth-Dallas areas.  

On June 22nd, a dear friend – Dr. Eddie Reynolds, Emmanuel Baptist University of N.C. – came to Dove Creek and presented Bob Wills, Curtis Elkins, Regina Huckaba, and me with beautifully framed “Honorary Doctor of Music” certificates. Mary Fay Jackson was there with her video camera to record this for the Jones Family Network.   

This was such a great honor and I loved sharing it with my precious family and friends.  My fabulous daughter Kathryn drove us to Ft. Worth and we had so much fun!

Thank you to my dear friends Lorraine Walker and Rob Patz for the opportunity to “let my light shine!”

All of us at SGNScoops extend our love and prayers to Lou and all of the family and friends of Howard Hildreth.

Lou Wills Hildreth bio


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“25 Days of Sharing” – Arthur Rice

Written by scoopsnews on December 14, 2018 – 4:17 am -

Arthur Rice to be honored by Dr. Jerry Goff at Creekside 2018

Arthur Rice

December is a time for sharing. At Christmas, we (Christians) celebrate The Greatest Gift of All, Jesus Christ.
Over the next few weeks we will be talking with many industry leaders, artists, pastors, promoters, etc. and asking them questions. They will “share” the answer to the question in 10 seconds or less. We are asking for their best advice on many different topics.

Question #14 goes to Arthur Rice, Kingdom Heirs

Arthur, In 10 seconds or less, can you tell our readers why they need to join the SGMA?

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Class of 2018 SGMA Hall of Fame Inductees

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 19, 2018 – 8:02 am -

Class of 2018 SGMA Hall of Fame Inductees

Class of 2018 SGMA Hall of Fame Inductees

The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is pleased to announce the Class of 2018 SGMA Hall of Fame Inductees: Ann Downing, Tracy Stuffle, Mark Trammell and Norman Wilson. Each year, members of the SGMA nominate individuals to be inducted into the Hall of Fame that is located in Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

“We were so excited with the response of the SGMA members nominating their choices for the newest inductees into the Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony will take place Tuesday, September 25th at 1:00pm at the 2018 National Quartet Convention during a fund-raising concert held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee”, stated Arthur Rice, SGMA President.

Individuals are nominated and selected for their contribution to the industry of southern gospel music. After their induction, a bronze plaque will be displayed in the Hall of Fame with a hand -carved portrait and a biography of their life devoted to our music.

You can order your tickets now for the 2018 SGMA Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony and Benefit Concert at this link. BUY TICKETS HERE

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Southern Gospel Music Association Call for Hall of Fame Nominations

Written by Staff on March 17, 2016 – 1:07 pm -

SGMA Hall of Fame

Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame

Pigeon Forge, TN (March 17, 2016) – The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) announces that ballots have been mailed for members to make nominations for the Hall of Fame Class of 2016.  


“We expect this to be a great year as members begin the selection process for this 2016 induction”, said Karen Peck Gooch, SGMA Executive Officer.  “The SGMA has never been stronger and it is obvious that Southern Gospel Music is alive and well!”  Gooch continued.


Induction into the SGMA Hall of Fame begins when members are requested to nominate individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern Gospel Music.  Each ballot allows for nominations of

Karen Peck and Rickey Gooch

Karen and Rickey Gooch

those living and deceased.  Once these have been returned, the SGMA Board of Directors will continue the process by carefully considering each nominee.  Those selected for induction will be announced during the National Quartet Convention 2016 in Pigeon Forge, TN.


Arthur Rice of the legendary Kingdom Heirs and President of the SGMA further stated, “This museum represents the very best of those who brought the Gospel through music in the past.  The SGMA believes it is our responsibility to leave a legacy for the future while encouraging the next generation to be bold in their stand for leading souls to Christ”.  


The Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Museum is a centerpiece of Dollywood, an

Arthur Rice

Arthur Rice

entertainment complex located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Visitors to Dollywood will find the Hall of Fame Museum just inside the main entrance.  Along with educational exhibits, a gift shop offers patrons an opportunity to purchase items to encourage their faith.  


The SGMA invites everyone to demonstrate his or her support by becoming an SGMA partner.  Partnerships can be obtained at the Hall of Fame Museum or online.


For more information on the Southern Gospel Music Association, visit

SGMA Hall Of Fame

SGMA Hall Of Fame

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 8, 2013 – 8:50 am -

NightOfHonor2013(Nashville, Tenn.) – A limited number of tickets are still available for ‘A Night of Honor’ for Claude & Connie Hopper set for October 11, 2013 in Greensboro, NC at Crosspoint Church. The concert, presented by Abraham Productions, will feature an all-star line up set to pay tribute to Claude & Connie for their years of dedication and faithfullness to the call of God on their lives.

Set to perform during the evening are Ivan Parker, Karen Peck & New River, Talleys, Whisnants and The Hoppers.

For more information on available tickets, please CLICK HERE.

The Hoppers were formed in 1975 in Madison, NC and have grown to become ‘America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music’ traveling the globe presenting the Gospel message for over 55 years. Showing no signs of slowing down, today the line-up consists of family members Claude & Connie, son Dean and his wife, Kim, and son Mike Hopper.

The Hoppers are members of the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, SGMA Hall of Fame and have been honored with multiple Gospel music industry awards.

Their latest project, Count Me In, was released earlier this year and contains 11 songs including “I Wish We’d All Been Ready’ to which they recorded a concept video. (CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO)

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SGMA announces the class of 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Written by SGN Scoops on April 5, 2012 – 2:11 pm -

The Southern Gospel Music Association’s (SGMA) announced April 5 the 2012 inductees to the SGMA Hall of Fame. 

Dr. Jim Goff, induction committee chairman, made the announcement:

In the living category, Jim Hill and Buck Rambo 

and in the deceased category, Charlie Burke, Stuart Hamblen, Geraldine Morrison and Ace Richman.

“It will be a great honor to recognize the careers and contributions of our newest inductees this fall at Dollywood,” said Charlie Waller, SGMA executive director .

The 2012 Induction Ceremony and Singing News Fan Awards

is Oct. 3, 2012 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

These inductees or their families join the Oak Ridge Boys – Duane Allen, William Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban who will be honored with the James D. Vaughan Impact Award.

Tickets for the event are on sale now available from the SGMA office by calling (865) 908-4040

The SGMA is a non-profit organization that maintains the Southern Gospel Music Museum and Hall of Fame, the only facility honoring Southern gospel music and dedicated to the historic preservation of the genre’s accomplishments, both for the music and the people. Museum hours coincide with Dollywood’s operating schedule. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information about the museum or its inductees, visit

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Jerry Kirksey and Kenny Gates among 2011 SGMA Hall of Fame inductees

Written by SGN Scoops on October 10, 2011 – 4:03 am -

Jerry Kirksey

Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame member Lou Wills-Hildreth inducts Jerry Kirksey into the SGMA Hall of Fame recently in Dollywood. (Photo: Randall Franks)

Jerry Kirksey of Boone, NC attended his induction into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame at Dollywood recently in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
“Jerry began working in radio  during his junior year of high school,” said Charlie Waller, executive director. “After graduation he moved back to Panama City  and worked at radio station  WTHR. He returned to Pensacola  and began working for the Florida Boys in March 1960, a nationally recognized Southern gospel quartet .
“His job at that time was radio  promotions and office manager for the quartet,” he said. “J.G. Whitfield , owner of the Florida Boys quartet, and Jerry founded the Singing News magazine in May 1969. Businessman Maurice Templeton of Boone, NC advertised his Southern Gospel  music cruises in the Singing News  for several years and then purchased the magazine  from J.G. Whitfield and moved it to Boone  in July 1987.
“Jerry was the editor  of Singing News magazine  from its inception in 1969 til his retirement in 2010,” he said. “He has been involved in the Southern Gospel  industry for over 45 years.”
Legacy Five played tribute to him by performing their hit “Just Stand.”
“Well, I got a sad story to tell:  I don’t sing. I don’t write music. I don’t play an instrument. I can’t read music.
I talked to the Lord about that and He said, ‘OK, I will give you something to do in Southern Gospel music that does not require any of those things,’” Kirksey said. “I have been in Southern gospel since 1960 and I have never been to work a day in my life. God has blessed beyond words.
“There are so many people involved with what has happened in my lifetime,” he said. “You don’t accomplish these things by yourself. You accomplish these things by the energy and work of literally hundreds of people over the years.”
Kirksey highlighted his appreciation to J.G. and Hazel Whitfield. Read more »

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Triumphant Quartet Tops Nomination List for Singing News Fan Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 20, 2011 – 2:05 pm -

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) March 18th, 2011 – The Singing News, recognized as the leading Southern Gospel Music Magazine, recently announced its list of nominees for the Singing News Fan Awards. Triumphant Quartet tops the list of nominees in a four-way tie with three other artists garnering 11 individual and group nominations. The Singing News Fan Awards are one of the longest running and most prestigious fan-based awards ceremonies in the Southern Gospel Music industry.

Triumphant Quartet comprised of group members Clayton Inman, David Sutton, Scott Inman, Eric Bennett and Jeff Stice, have received nods from Southern Gospel fans for Favorite Artist, Traditional Quartet, Favorite Lead (Clayton), Baritone (Scott), Tenor (David), Bass (Eric) and Musician (Jeff), Songwriter (Scott) and Album (‘Love Came Calling’). The group also received two nominations for Favorite Song with “Somebody Died For Me” and “Love Came Calling”.

The recent Singing News Fan Award nominations continue a string of acknowledgements for the group by both fans and industry personnel alike including Dove Award nominations this year for ‘Southern Gospel Song of The Year’ and ‘Song of The Year’, both for “Love Came Calling”. The ‘Song of the Year’ Dove nomination puts the group in an elite spotlight across all genres of Christian Music as the only traditional Southern Gospel group to appear in the list of nominees that include artists such as Mercy Me, Toby Mac and Chris Tomlin.

The Singing News Fan Awards will once again join with SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the famed Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN to announce the winners on September 28, 2011. For more information regarding Triumphant Quartet visit their website at For tickets to this year’s Singing News Fan Awards contact Fan Awards/SGMA Induction Ceremony at (865) 908-4040.

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