When it comes time for the holiday season, nothing is better than the time you spend with family. Around Christmas it seems as though we start to think back over the year and look at or accomplishments. Along with our reminiscing, most of the time this includes a house full of family that sometimes you only get to see certain times of the year. We all cherish those special moments spent surrounded by the ones we love.
As for the McKameys – they are surrounded with family year round, and they wouldn’t have it any other way!
In 1954 a group of sisters known as The McKameys started singing Southern Gospel Music. Bring them to the current year and now hailing from Clinton, Tennessee the McKameys have been traveling full time since 1980. The Lord has been exceedingly great to this family and has blessed them with good health, good songs, and good dates. They travel approximately 140 dates a year, which means they spend more than half a year surrounded by family on a bus!
The McKameys now consists of Reuben and Peg Bean, their daughters,
Connie Fortner and Sheryl Farris, as well as grandson, Eli Fortner. Since 1980 they have always traveled with family, and their mission has always been the same – to carry the good news of the gospel to a lost and dying world. They want to encourage the saints everywhere. If you were to ask any fan of this great family, there is no doubt that every single time they step on stage the Lord uses them to bless someone in their audience. They have such a sweet spirit about them, and they are always ready and willing to take the time to speak to and pray with their fans.
They love traveling together as a family, and while on the road they frequent the shopping malls of nearby towns where they are singing. While the women do
the shopping, you’ll typically find the men in the nearest bookstore!
The ladies also do Bible studies on the bus, as well as practicing songs while riding down the highways.
When traveling this close together with family all the time one might would think the holidays would be nothing new. That is definitely not the case with this close family. Peg stated that they love and treasure their time together. Christmas and Thanksgiving are no different for the McKameys when it comes to family. Even though they are always together on the road, there’s no question that they take time to treasure the holidays together and no doubt that includes many more family members.
There is no question in my mind that this amazing group cherishes fan time as much as family time. In fact, they have a hometown sing every year, and they invite you to come out and meet their family and enjoy a great time in the Lord.
Next year it will be on June 10-11, 2016. Reserved tickets go on sale through their office the first Monday in April. Office hours are 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Thursday with lunch from 11:30-12:30 EST. You can reach them by phone at 865-457-3678, or check out their website www.mckameysonline.com.
By Bethany Cook
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