April 26, 2013 was a special night for Southern Gospel Music lovers in the Farmington, MO area as they gathered at 1st Baptist Church of Delassus to pay tribute and financially help Gospel Music legend, Ralph Green.
Although the weather didn’t seem to want to cooperate, the audience filled the church and from the opening welcome and prayer from Pastor Schrum, the Holy Spirit was evident. Guest emcee, Duanne Garren introduced local favorites, Final Authority and they hit the stage with a powerful performance which set the bar high for the groups that would follow.
One Voice, the smooth trio from Marion, IL was up next and their progressive Southern Gospel style maintained the pace that had been set. One Voice were responsible for helping to put the evening together along with Kevin Beckett of Final Authority and Kevin Womble of the Redemptions.
The Redemptions took to the stage exciting the crowd with their always exciting vocals and were the only quartet on the program for the evening. The crowd was ready for some good bass singing and Eric Walker delivered. The Redemptions did their usual knock out job.
Duanne Garren introduced Claude Johnson of the Wanda Mountain Boys and he came to the stage to share some memories and history of the career of the guest of honor, Ralph Green. Ralph was helped to the stage to a big ovation and was joined by former Victory Quartet members, Johnson and John Moody along with Eric Walker to have an impromptu reunion which thrilled those in attendance.
As Ralph left the stage, it was time for the love offering and Duanne Garren shared some special thoughts about the needs that Ralph and Mary Green were facing due to hospital and other medical bills. The final total was announced at the end of the evening and it was obvious that those in attendance loved Ralph Green as the offering was outstanding.
The final group of the night was the Wanda Mountain Boys. WMB did a couple of songs with their tracks and then headed around the piano to share some songs from their new project, “Back to Basics”. This was the first time for WMB at 1st Baptist and they were well received by the crowd.
Ralph and Mary Green were overwhelmed by the response of the people and his emotions were running high as he accepted the monetary gift. Afterwards, the groups gathered at Ralph’s favorite restaurant, Steak and Shake and the fun began as Ralph began to share road stories, It was great to see Ralph laughing and having a great time as the younger generation hung on every word.
Please continue to pray for Ralph and Mary Green as they go through this time of trial in their life.