I have thought
for several days on what to write in this article. When a legend like Hovie
Lister passes on to glory, what can be said about him that has not already
been said over and over again? Perhaps I will be
First, I would
like to share with you a little bit about the day I met Hovie Lister. Second,
I would like to tell you about my favorite video clip about Hovie Lister.
Finally, I would like to share with you the answer that Hovie gave to someone
when he was asked an ageless question.
What a day that
was for me. You see, I have seen Hovie perform many times. He has always
been one of my favorites. But, I had never had the opportunity to actually
meet Rev. Hovie Lister until just a few years
Hovie was there
that day to unveil the painting. It was a picture of him sitting at a grand
piano, giving lessons to a little red headed girl. It is a beautiful picture
called "Handing Down The Heritage".
As a member of
the media, I was also invited to this press conference. After the press
conference was over, I had the opportunity to walk up to Hovie and introduce
myself. What a gracious and humble gentleman. I was truly impressed and
blessed that day as I was given the chance to spend a little time talking
to him. What a man of God!
I have an old
video clip of Hovie Lister and the Statesmen Quartet where they are doing
"Get Away Jordan". This is perhaps my favorite clip of the Statesmen. In
this clip, Hovie starts out on the piano, which is his
There was a time
when Hovie was asked the following question: "Is what you do entertainment
or is it ministry?" His answer was "Yes and yes. Next question." It was
short and to the point, but it got his feelings about the subject across.
I could go on
and talk about his man accomplishments, but I am not going to do that.
I'll just close by saying another great legend of Southern Gospel is now
gone, and will certainly be missed!