ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS, SERIES 4, PART 4
Spreading the gospel with songs and music
by Susie Sansom-Piper
Rockdale Reporter - February 24, 2011
Two singing groups who left their marks on years past were the Rockdale Gospel Singers
and The Hardeman Echoes.
ROCKDALE GOSPEL SINGERS - The Rockdale Gospel Singers originated in the 50s.
Their purpose was to spread the gospel through songs.
With Frankie Moore McDonald as piano accompanist, they rendered services in the community
and many surrounding towns.
This group was composed of Myrtle Mae Tindle, Imogene Gray, Etta Mae Walton, Minnie
Mullins, Charles Etta McFarland, Laura Mae Monroe, Eva Morgan and Lillie Johnson.
THE HARDEMAN ECHOES - On Oct. 4, 1980, at Springfield Baptist Church, a group of inspired
men and women came together for the purpose of organizing a gospel singing group.
At the first meeting, 12 people were present and called themselves the Rockdale Community
Choir, because it was composed of members from four local churches.
Two weeks later it was unanimously voted to change the name to The Hardeman Echoes in
honor of Doris Hardeman who was instrumental in organizing the group.
Their purpose was to sing and serve to benefit the community and surrounding areas and
give glory to God.
The original group was composed of Charles C. Wesley, Freddie Gray, Larry D. Williams,
Imogene Gray, Carol Ann Williams, Doris Phillips, Barbara McKee (organist), Jo Ann
Bradford (pianist), Evelyn Moultrie, Doris Nell Turner, Mae Joyce Cashaw, Coleman
Burgess, Doris Hardeman, Ocie Bowens and Rev. James Green.
Others who later joined the group were Lula Mae Rivers, Uneeda Page, Rev. A. Bradley,
Larry Jackson, Debra Green, Rose Wilhite, Brenda Harris, Marie Russell and Joyce Ford.
The group no longer exists because many members are deceased or have moved away from