It was an evening of Southern Gospel Music at its best. Nearly 300 dedicated fans packed the Parkway Baptist Church in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Saturday night as 10 Gospel musicians were inducted into the Tristate Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
They included the late Dr. Jerry Goff. He was active in Gospel Music since his childhood. Dr. Goff recently passed away. Dr. Goff is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His wife, Little Jan Buckner Goff, was also inducted. Little Jan, as she was known, sang with Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters. Remember the famous “Rattlesnake Story”.
The evening began with a large choir made up of previous Hall of Fame inductees. The choir sang several traditional songs including Albert E. Brimley’s“I’ll meet you in the Morning”. Legendary piano players Jack Clark, Sue Gray and Curtis Broadway played the piano. They are also Hall of fame inductees.
The emcee for the evening was Ken Hicks who has his own quartet “Testimony”. There were nearly a dozen “Scrap Iron” quartets made up of current and retired singers. The auditorium was filled with many familiar faces in Southern Gospel music including Punkin Pelfrey, who sang with Gold City.
Blair Cantrell, whose family has contributed greatly to Southern Gospel Music, also attended. Cantrell’s mother, Shirley, wrote songs for groups like the Cathedrals, Signature Sound and others.
The 2019 inductees are Carolyn Cross, Milford Cushen, Debbie Epperson, Rick Fair, Jan Buckner Goff, Dr. Jerry Goff, Roni Goss, Roger Horne, Mike Leath and Jay Parrack. These inductees have contributed greatly to Southern Gospel Music on a national level. Will Dickerson is CEO and Chairman. The Tri State Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame was founded in 2005.