Kirksey among 2011 SGMA Hall of Fame inductees

Article Published: Oct. 13, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 13, 2011

Jerry Kirksey of Boone was recently inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Kirksey was editor of the Singing News magazine from its inception in 1969 till his retirement in 2010, having been involved in the Southern gospel industry for more than 45 years.

“Well, I got a sad story to tell: I don’t sing. I don’t write music. I don’t play an instrument. I can’t read music,” Kirksey said. “I talked to the Lord about that and he said, ‘OK, I will give you something to do in Southern gospel music that does not require any of those things. I have been in Southern gospel since 1960 and I have never been to work a day in my life. God has blessed beyond words.”

“There are so many people involved with what has happened in my lifetime,” he said. “You don’t accomplish these things by yourself. You accomplish these things by the energy and work of literally hundreds of people over the years.”

The other members of the 2011 SGMA Hall of Fame class are Doris Akers, Doyle Blackwood, Bob Brumley, Roy Carter, Kenny Gates, Opal Lester and Willie Wynn.

Country Music Hall of Famers The Statler Brothers received the James D. Vaughn Impact Award at the event.

The Southern Gospel Music Association is a nonprofit organization that maintains the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, the only facility honoring this genre of music, for the historic preservation of the accomplishments of the music and its people.

For more information about the museum or its inductees, visit

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