Guess the Baby Picture Contest (Part 2)

We had a lot of fun with last week’s contest. The first episode kicked off the contest with a blast, with a row of mistaken guesses on singer #1 (Pat Barker) so funny that he ultimately came in himself to offer his thoughts.

Do you know your favorite Southern Gospel personalities well enough that you would recognize them anywhereβ€”even in pictures from when they were children?

Let’s find out. Can you name these three individuals?

UPDATE, 2:10 PM: This round must have been easier! After 62 comments, J.C. Johnson nailed it with correct guesses of Debra Talley, Dianne Wilkinson, and Gary Casto!

Individual #1 (Debra Talley):

Individual #2 (Dianne Wilkinson):

Individual #3 (Gary Casto):

There shouldn’t be any confusion over the fact that today’s entry features two ladies and a man! The first commenter to guess all three correctly will win a CD by a group with the same male/female ratioβ€”a sealed copy of Karen Peck and New River’s 1997 Makin’ a Difference.


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73 Letters to the Editor

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  1. 1. Debra Talley

    2. Sheri Easter

    3. Jim Brady

    • Not all three are correct.

      (Jim’s not that old, is he?)

  2. Since I did such a great job the first time, I will try again!
    1. Lisa Crist
    2. Debra Talley
    3. McCray Dove

    • Sorry – not all three are correct.

      Feel free to keep guessing!

  3. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Sheri Easter
    3. Joel Wood

    • Sorry, not all three are correct.

      (Joel’s only 32 or 33, right? I think color cameras had been invented by ~1980!)

      • LOL! Touche! Thought maybe his parents just had a thing for black and white photos….ok, maybe not. LOL!

      • Well, I’ll say this . . . I’ll answer one of the three in your guess, at any rate. It’s not Jim Brady. πŸ™‚

  4. Great guesses so far. I’m going to mix a few previous guesses and go with:

    1. Debra Talley
    2. Sheri Easter
    3. McCray Dove

    • All are decent guesses, but not all are correct.

  5. 1. Karen Peck
    2. Susan Peck
    3. Devin McGlamery

    • There’s no way Devin’s that old! πŸ™‚ Sorry, not Devin – that much I’ll say for now. πŸ™‚

  6. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Sherri Easter
    3. Michael English

  7. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Sheri Easter
    3. Jeff Easter

    • Nearly every person has guessed #1 correctly, so I’ll reveal that you are correct. #1 is indeed Debra Talley.

      Keep guessing on the rest. I’m not saying – either way – whether the correct person has been named once or twice. But if the person has been named once or twice, it’s been nowhere near this level of unanimity!

  8. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Sheri Easter
    3. Mike Allen

    • Sorry – not all are correct. πŸ™‚

  9. Well the freckles on number two should be some clue about their complexion today. She’s very cute, whoever she is!

  10. 1. Jeff Chapman
    2. Glenn Dustin
    3. Peg Mackamey

    • Well, I would say that last round gave you the right to make those guesses! πŸ™‚

      • LOL! I am sure that Jeff would appreciate that Pat. LOL!

  11. Round 2
    #2 Susan Whisnant
    #3 Archie Watkins

    • Sandra – could you please, when you’re posting guesses, include the one you know is right?

      That way, if you do hit on the other two – and sorry, this one wasn’t it (though I could certainly see that #3 bears a resemblance to Archie!) – you win the prize for the first to list all three. πŸ™‚

      • OK I’m sorry.

  12. Am probably way off, but this is fun. Thanks Daniel!

    1. Debra Talley
    2. Gloria Gaither
    3. Mike Allen

    • Sorry, you do not have all three correct!

      This is fun indeed! πŸ™‚

  13. Let me give a hint, to those of you who are studious and persistent: At least one of the remaining two unidentified/unconfirmed individuals was actually (incorrectly) guessed last week.

  14. Debra Talley
    Charlotte Ritchie
    J.D. Sumner

    I know, two of the three above are incorrect. But I know that they didn’t have color photos when J.D. was young.

    • >>I know, two of the three above are incorrect.

      Yeah. πŸ™‚

  15. debra, sheri easter, gary casto?

    • Not all of the above are correct. πŸ™‚

  16. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Charlotte Ritchie
    3. Gary Casto

    I’m just guessing here.. I have no real clue. πŸ™‚

    • Well, all of the guesses are at least reasonable. πŸ™‚ (But it’s not a home run, either – sorry!)

      • Great! I’m not trying for the prize. I just think it’s neat to try to guess. How did you get these photos? Did you just ask the artists for baby pictures?

      • The fun of guessing would be my motivation, too. πŸ™‚

        I’ve asked artists, other industry people, and office staff for all involved – basically, whoever I know who’s my best contact for a particular picture. I’ve even had one artist get in on the fun, and track down photos for other people in his group and other people in the industry. πŸ™‚

      • That’s really neat. We Southern Gospel fans often get a bit mesmerized with the current looks of the artists that it’s neat to see how they looked in their very early days. Singing News needs to get back to the Family Album feature so we can see more of these family photos again.. πŸ™‚

      • Well, I understand how SN has to keep cutting costs . . . at least that’s not a concern in this setting! The more I post, the merrier!

        Though I’ve never done a formal count, I’m pretty sure that this site has more SG content each month than Singing News in every category (news / commentary / review / etc.) except maybe advertising. πŸ™‚

  17. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Kim Collingsworth
    3. Gary Casto

    • Sorry – not a home run! πŸ™

  18. debra, karen peck, casto?

    • You don’t have all three correct; sorry! πŸ™‚

  19. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Gloria Gaither
    3. Daniel J. Mount
    πŸ™‚

    • You don’t have all three correct. πŸ™‚

  20. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Charlotte Ritchie
    3. Arthur Rice

    • Sorry, not all of the above are the correct individuals. πŸ™‚

  21. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Gloria Gaither
    3. Arthur Rice

    • Sorry, not all of the above are correct.

  22. Hint: Not all of the above are necessarily singers.

  23. Ok, this may be WAY out in left field, but:

    1. Debra Talley
    2. Dianne Wilkerson
    3. Arthur Rice

    • Not all of the above are correct…sorry!

    • Oops, I mean,
      1. Debra Talley
      2. Dianne Wilkinson
      3. Arthur Rice

      • I knew what you meant, and didn’t even notice the misspelling! πŸ™‚

  24. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Charlotte Ritchie
    3. Michael Booth

    • Sorry – not all of the above are correct.

  25. You confirmed 1-Debra Talley – she was adorable. Still is.

    2- Peg McKamey
    3 – Tim Riley

  26. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Dianne Wilkinson
    3. Tim Riley

    • Sorry, J.C. – not all of the above are correct.

  27. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Dianne Wilkinson
    3. Mark Trammell

    • Sorry, J.C.-not all of the above are correct.

  28. 1. Debra Talley
    2. Dianne Wilkinson
    3. Gary Casto

    • WE HAVE A WINNER!

      J.C. please use the contact form (or email) to send us your mailing address. Congratulations!

      • Wow!!! I can not believe that I did it! Thanks a bunch Daniel. This has been so much fun! I can’t wait for the next round!

      • Well, I have photos sitting in my inbox or on my hard drive for at least two more rounds, with several more promised (and plenty more friends I can ask!)

      • Awesome!! Can’t wait! πŸ™‚

  29. Is it ok if I feel a bit of satisfaction about being the first one to guess Dianne Wilkinson correctly?!

    • It’s totally OK. I was pegging that one as the hardest this round, so definitely good work on being the first to get it.

      (I also believe I was right, since we were farthest into the contest before someone named her as one of their three guesses.)

      • I should have taken the hint when you said “southern gospel personalities” this round instead of “southern gospel performers.”

      • Agreed. πŸ™‚

        This hint will apply to many future contests, by the way.

  30. 1- Debra Talley
    2- Diane Wilkerson
    3-Tim Riley

    • Sorry, SanGram – the correct three have already been guessed, earlier in the comments.

  31. I would never have guessed these but you can sure tell it’s Dianne after knowing that’s the answer!! Not so easy for Gary though!

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