Lee Roy Abernathy
13 August 1913 - 25 May 1993
Mr. Abernathy was born to sharecroppers in Cartersville, Georgia. Neither his parents' economic situation nor the Great Depression stopped him from pursuing his musical goals throughout his life. He was a singer and a piano player, as well as a song writer among many other things.
Some of the songs that he is wrote are: Listen to the Bells, The Master Locksmith, and Everybody's Gonna Have A Wonderful Time Up There.
He performed with various quartets over the years. Some of these groups were the Homeland Harmony Quartet, The Rangers Quartet, and The Jubilee Quartet. Here is a video with Mr. Abernathy playing the piano with the Singing Time in Dixie Band.
In 1973, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame.
In 1997, he was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame as one of its initial inductees. He was joined that year by other inductees that were some of my favorite singers, members of the quartet known as The Statesmen. The inductees from The Statesmen Quartet that year were: Denver Crumpler, Jake Hess, Hovie Lister, and last…but certainly not least, James "Big Chief" Wetherington. One more was in the perfect grouping, Doy Ott, but he wasn't inducted until 2000. You'll learn more about these guys in other posts this month.
Mr. Lee Roy Abernathy died in Canton, Georgia.