My family wishes to
extend a hearty thank you for the many many kind wishes during
this tough period.
Many have asked if
the danniebelle.com site will continue. Of course it will!!! My
mom's legacy will live on. Her ministry has touched so many lives
that it would be a travesty, in my opinion, for us to take the
We ask for your prayers
that we will be able to make my mom's music available to you.
We are working diligently on this project. Also, many other projects
are in the works in order to keep her ministry alive. Please hold
us up in prayer.
Continue to come and
post to the message boards. More interactivity
will be available soon. Thank you to many of the visitors that
have sent pictures, video, and song lyrics. We will post them
Since the funeral,
we have not found the opportunity until now to tell you how the
services went last Friday.
Last Friday was a wonderful
homegoing celebration for Danniebelle Hall. Services were held
at Center Of Hope Community Church in Oakland, Ca., pastored by
Ernestine Reems. with Pastor Yvette Flunder and Pastor Carol Houston
Reverand Walter Hawkins
gave the invocation followed by the Old Testament and New Testament
reading by Elder Sandra Crouch, and Pastor Brondon Reems.
The music was so beautiful.
It was like a huge Gospel-fest.
The Jones Sisters (Paula and Cynthia) recounted their days growing
up in Pittsburgh PA. The original Danniebelles (Paula, Jimmye,
Phyllis - including honorary member Shirley Miller) recounted
their days as the Danniebelles. Andrae Crouch and the Disciples
gave smashing renditions of signature songs many have come to
identify with Danniebelle, such as "Soon and Very Soon"
and "Take Me Back." When they sang "Tell Them,"
I could just here my mom singing her part "ooooh, tell
them for me....please tell them for me.....that I love them....and
I came to let them know." She was there, front and center,
enjoying the party in her honor!!
Friends such as Jessy
Dixon, Edwin, Walter, and Tramaine Hawkins, Shirley Miller, Reba
Rambo, Be Be Winans and more celebrated a homecoming celebration
fit for a queen. Their singing was fabulous!!!
During a "family
tribute" I had the honor of sharing a bit of our childhood
joys and pangs. I publicly apologize to my brother Charles for
anything I said that can be used against him!!! Two of her granny-belles
presented beautiful poems.
More singing, acknowledgment
of cards, telegrams and resolutions brought the service to a close,
but not before a befitting sermon presented by Bishop Roderick
Caesar. If we failed to mention anyone, please forgive me and
accept our families thanks.
My mom was then laid
Along with the support
of my father's widow, my mom was laid to rest in the same cemetery
as my dad. My parents remained friends til death they did part.
It is special in a sense because my sister, brother and I feel
as though we brought them together again.
Thank you, and God