Frank Williams Dies

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Tuesday 1st June 1993

Producer, singer and record executive dies in March

TOP GOSPEL producer, performer and record executive Frank Williams died in March. He was national director of Malaco Records' gospel division and was a key performer in two of the label's popular acts, the Jackson Southernaires and the Mississippi Mass Choir, which was founded in 1989 and which has been hailed by many as "one of the greatest recording choirs in gospel music history". Williams died of acute cardio respiratory arrest. His sudden and premature death causes a great loss to the world of gospel. CR

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Posted by Desiree Booysen in Pretoria,South Africa @ 11:02 on May 24 2017

Oh man!! Today,2017-05-24, I'm still listening to the song "near the Cross". Didnt know he passed on. Started performing Mississipi songs when I was 19 years old in 1991. Started with "its good to know Jesus. Was a Hit. Nobody could sing it like I did. Then came "Near the cross". Loved the choir especially Frank Williams. Still do. I think his soul actually found rest now. God bless his soul.



Posted by Marie Williams in Bronx, NY @ 09:58 on May 8 2017

I know that Frank died many years ago. I still listen to his music often at home. He was a great singer and I will always listen to his music as I keep up with the Mississippi Mass Choir. I would like to see more of his wife on TV, where the young and old can share Frank's great music experience, where he will never be forgotten.
His previous leadership, writing and singing is still amazing. I'm and old lady, a Great Grandmother, and Frank was like a family member.



Posted by Beverly Robinson in Brooklyn, NY @ 02:19 on May 7 2017

The song "Grace and Mercy" was brought to my attention by my late mother and whenever I watch the video of Mr. Frank Williams perform I think of my mother. What a beautiful song, what a magnificent voice and an everlasting memory. Thank You and Rest in Peace Mr. Williams.



Posted by B. Gray in Silver Spring, MD @ 23:09 on Mar 30 2017

I listed to the golden voices of the Mississippi Mass Choir all the time. The leader, Mr. Frank Williams has a voice like no other. I have several recordings of the Mississippi Mass Choir on many of my devices. Just learned today when a co-worker was listening to the famous "Near the Cross" recording with me that he died some years. Although his death was over 10 years ago, I send my condolences to all his love ones. RIP Mr. Williams. through your music and song, you will forever live in our HEARTS!

B. Gray



Posted by darlene in md @ 02:37 on Mar 26 2017

i love all his songs and it made me sad when he was in pain on grace and mercy video r.i.p. with pop
Harvey Watkins





Posted by Deborah Bougard in Fayetteville, North Carolina @ 21:18 on Mar 21 2017

Mr. Williams voice was angelic. I love his songs and both my mother and my sister both who have passed on loved him too. Your Grace And Mercy is one of my favorites. This song has helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life. That voice was a true blessing from God. R. I.P.



Posted by Richard in Colton California @ 18:16 on Feb 7 2017

Frank Williams brought me to tears what a wonderful man of God his music uplift me near the cross my mother favorite songs and grace and mercy and my mansion Rest In Peace Frank



Posted by Mary Hagood in Suitland, MD @ 17:01 on Nov 3 2016

Brother Frank was/still remains a powerful spirit. His song set my soul on fire and are really so inspirational. I listen to his and Mississippi Mas almmost daily.


Reply by Bethea in New York New York @ 23:32 on Dec 10 2016

What a anointed voice only Jesus can give a gift like that
There will NEVER BE ANOTHER FRANK WILLIAMS
HE WAS THE KING OF GOSPEL
AS WAS MAHALIA JACKSON THE QUEEN OF GOSPEL
NEAR THE CROSS
I NEED THEE
YOUR GRACE AND MERCY
Will go down in history
You can still be taken into the PRESENCE OF GOD
WHEN THIS MUSIC IS PLAYED
I WILL SEE HIM IN THE RAPTURE
FRANK IS RESTING FROM HIS LABOUR @!!

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Posted by Henrietta Andrews in Muskegon Michigan @ 18:32 on Jul 12 2016

Mr. Frank williams has the most beautiful heartfelt and wonderful voice l have ever heard. His words are so inspirational and annointed and up-lifting. It is hard to find good gospel music like Frank and the missippi mass choir these days. There will never be another gospel legend like Mr. Williams. I listen to his song, "Near The Cross", Constantly. It uplifts my spirit. I am also sad to learn that Mr. Frank Williams has passed on. He is the greatest gospel singer of all time. And he has surely gone away to be with our Lord.😊



Posted by Deborah Roberson in Erie @ 04:56 on Apr 5 2016

Frank's voice was so anointed. His songs touch my soul to this very day. You could see how much he loved God when he sang. God blessed Frank with a gift to sing, and he used that gift,and shared his gift with many in singing praises to God.




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