Furman Wilson passes away

Furman Wilson, a founding member of the Primitive Quartet, passed away on Tuesday. The Primitive Quartet was originally founded in 1973 by two sets of brothers—Furman and Norman Wilson, and Larry and Reagan Riddle. When Furman left, later in the 1970s, he was replaced by a third Riddle brother, Michael Riddle. Though other instrumentalists/vocalists would be fifth and sixth members through the years, this would be the sole change in the group’s four core/founding members during its forty-year-to-date run.

Furman Wilson was also a founding member of Bethesda Baptist Church in Candler, North Carolina, where he served as pastor. His funeral will be held there today; he will be buried in the church’s cemetery.


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