SGMA announces the class of 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

2013 Class Photo (1)The Southern Gospel Music Association’s (SGMA) announced April 19 the 2013 inductees to the SGMA Hall of Fame.

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

In the living category are Polly Lewis Copsey, “Little” Roy Lewis, Duane Nicholson and Tim Riley; and in the deceased category – John T. Benson, Jr. and Thomas A. Dorsey.

“Recognizing the careers and contributions of our newest inductees this fall at Dollywood will bring some wonderful opportunities to mark their legacies,” said SGMA Executive Director Charlie Waller.

The 2013 Induction Ceremony and Singing News Fan Awards is Oct. 2 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 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