Updated – The Lloyd Family Covet Your Prayers

Bill Lloyd
Bill Lloyd

Bill is back in surgery again today, Friday, December 30. He is still bleeding. This is the third surgery since Christmas Eve.

The Lloyd family covet your prayers for columnist, Bill Lloyd, whose “Red Back Hymnal” articles have become a favorite monthly feature. Bill had a scheduled surgery on December 8 for a partial nephrectomy due to a cancerous tumor on the left kidney.

His sister Janice Crow stated, “He was progressing well until Christmas Eve when he was rushed back to St. Louis University Hospital for complications, excessive bleeding and massive infection at the wound sites. He responded well at first and was to be released December 28 when once more complications sent him back into surgery for yet another repair/correction”.

Please keep Bill in your prayers as he continues to recover.

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.