Jim Hamill, one of Southern Gospel's all-time great lead singers, sang professionally for over 50 years and until shortly before his death, was still going strong. A native of Memphis, son of Rev. James E. Hamill, for many years pastor of First Assembly of God in Memphis, Jim joined the Weatherfords in the early 1950s. And then came times with the Blue Ridge Quartet, the Rebels, the Oak Ridge Quartet, the Rebels again, and finally, for almost 28 years he sang the lead for the Kingsmen. Memphis, Southern Gospel, Kingsmen Gospel, Sons, Gospel Singer, Gospel Music, Jim Hamill
John Marshall Stone was Born in Gibson County, Tennessee, Stone was the son of Asher and Judith Stone, natives of Virginia. He did not attend college since his family was fairly poor, but he studied a great deal and eventually taught school. In 1855, he moved to Tishomingo County, Mississippi, and became a station agent at Iuka when the Memphis and Charleston Railroad opened. With the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, Stone enlisted in the Confederate States Army that April.
Jake Hess 1997-2004 Began singing in a family group at age 5. Joined The Statesmen in1948 and became their premier lead vocalist for 15 years. Formed the Imperials in 1963. Battled health issues such as lymphoma for many years.
James, "Big Chief" Wetherington. 1922-1973 Inducted into Hall of Fame 1997. Sang with The Statesmen for 24 years. His nickname came from his Indian Heritage. Known as a man of class and distinction. Died during the National Quartet Convention 1973.
Les Beasley, HOF 1997 Manager and Lead singer for Florida Boys, Co-producer of Gospel Singing Jubilee TV show and co designer of Dive Award Statue