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Fans Mourn Loss Of Gospel Singing Legend

He was known to many as a gospel singing legend. Now family, friends, and fans are coming together to remember Larry "Bones" Gateley of Bluff City Quartet.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - He was known to many as a gospel singing legend.

Now family, friends, and fans are coming together to remember Larry "Bones" Gateley of Bluff City Quartet.

Gateley died suddenly from a stroke December 16th.

The day before he died, Larry Gateley sang his last gospel song at Colonial Hills Baptist Church. That song was "First Day In Heaven".

Many people knew 72-year-old Larry Gateley as "Bones." He was called that for being so tall and thin in his younger days.

But it was his singing that kept folks tuned in all these years.

He became hooked on gospel music when he was a teenager.

His wife of 38 years, Marie, knows all too well how much gospel music played a roll in her late husband’s life and their relationship. It is how they met.

"He said I sing gospel. I'm from Olive Branch,” Marie said.

Marie and Larry sang gospel music together for many years. She said Larry was serious about singing, but added that it was about the only thing he was serious about.

"Sometimes I'd punch him in the stomach. He was always a mess," Marie said.

Jeff Harris has been with the gospel group since 1996 and agrees Larry was a clown of a character, but he was also a genuine guy.

From his early days as a member of The Redeemers to his last years in Bluff City Quartet, Larry Bones Gateley will be remembered, honored, and loved for his witty ways and heavenly voice.

"He was just the kind of person. There will never be another one like him," Marie said.

The celebration of his life will be held here at Colonial Hills Baptist on Saturday the 25th from 2 pm to 6 pm.

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