People on social media mourn the death of Lee Williams.
The spiritual QC leader and award-winning singer has passed away at the age of 75 this week.
We take a look at the legendary singer’s career and family.
Lee Williams has passed away
Gospel singer from the legendary quarter Spiritual QC Lee Williams passed away on August 30th. He was 75 years old and died at his home in Pontotoc.
The news about his death was announced by his gospel group on Facebook. Their post says:
“It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our fearless leader, Dr. Lee Williams. We thank God for allowing him to Stop By On His Way Home, and though he has moved from his temporary house, the love, the memories and the music will linger on. We will always remember that to Give Up is not an option if we want to be Welcomed Home.”
Williams was part of the American quartet gospel group, Spiritual QC, which was formed in 1968.
The band first started recording and performing a series of 45 rpm records before they released their debut album ‘Jesus Is Alive And Well’ in 1996. Their second album, named ‘Love Will Go All the Way’, was released in 1998 which had a couple of songs from the first album and inspired the group’s third album, ‘Good Time’.
During his career with the band, Williams received 10 Stellar Awards and won the Mississippi Trailblazer Award. He retired in 2018.
Williams and Spiritual QC were in the top 10 of Billboard’s gospel charts for many years.
Lee Williams: Wife and family
Williams was married to his wife, named Annie. The couple tied the knot in 1969.
In an interview with Daily Journal, she said that her husband started performing in Tupelo before he became famous. She explained:
“This is his hometown. This is where it all started. He was singing here in Tupelo long before anyone knew who he was.”
During his retirement in 2018, Williams received a key from the city of Tupelo. His wife Annie joined him for the occasion which celebrated his music and retirement.
Social media users have paid tributes
Emotional tributes have been paid to Williams by his fans and people who knew him.
K-Ci Hailey wrote: “Today gospel music legend Lee Williams has been called home to the Lord. He was a true icon who I looked up to and he will truly be missed. Rest in heaven eternally.”
“Gospel quartet singer Lee Williams passed,” wrote a fan on Twitter. “If you ever been to a quartet concert then you already know the significance of this loss.”
“Rest In Peace to my favorite gospel singer Mr. Lee Williams,” said another fan.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Williams’ family during this time.