Harold Gilley passes away
Former Palmetto State Quartet bass singer Harold Gilley passed away yesterday. He had been in declining health for some time. A visitation and funeral service will take place on Saturday in East Stone Gap, Virginia; a graveside service will take place on Sunday. An obituary posted on the Kingsport Times website offers details.
Many of his fellow performers posted tributes on Facebook, including these:
- “What an incredible voice and was a very kind gentleman. My prayers go out to his family.” – Pat Barker
- “I loved Harold as a friend and bass singer . . . we laughed a lot.” – Duane Allen
- “We have lost one of the greatest talents Gospel music has ever known. Like the many individuals he imitated, Harold was a unique character! Some of my favorite quartet stories are either about or were told by Harold. For whatever reason, his time in the spotlight came later in life and was far too brief. I had the pleasure of traveling and singing with him on two different occasions, once when he filled in with the Florida Boys and later for a brief time with the Blackwood Quartet. … Praying for the Gilley family tonight. You will be missed, my friend!” – John Rulapaugh