Although it was a cold, brisk morning in Akron, Ohio, the warmth inside the Akron Civic
Center was evident for everyone attending the “Cathedrals Reunion.” The stage was set as Ernie
Hasse & Signature Sound, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, and Danny Funderburk
began the day with a song that united voices and hearts. Although any Cathedrals Reunion is a
special time, this Saturday morning’s event would be one for all to remember.
After the opening number, the crowd was introducted to Darrell Webb … Vice-Chairman of the
OHIO GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION … for a special presentation. Donna Strong, Secretary
and Brenda Messaros, Advisory Board, stood alongside Darrell as he announced to the crowd that
the OGMA would be inducting two individuals into its Hall of Fame: namely, Glen W. Payne and
George W. Younce. As would be expected, the cheers were resounding!
These plaques will be permanently displayed at the OGMA Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio.
Individual trophies for Glen Payne and George Younce were presented to the former members of the Cathedrals, one of many accolades received by these two prestigious gentleman who forever impacted Southern Gospel Music.
The OHIO GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION began in 2009 to honor those who have paved
the way before us in gospel music … remembering the past; recognizing the present; and reflecting
on the future.
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(Photos by Rick Doran, OGMA Advisory Board)