Sunday, December 29, 2013

In memory: Hugh Bill McGuire, 1930-2013

Today at 2:30 p.m. a funeral service will be held at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce, Mississippi for Hugh Bill McGuire. He was born June 20, 1930 in Calhoun County, MS and died December 26, 2013 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo at the age of 83. Interment will be in Spring Creek Cemetery, Banner, MS. Survivors include his wife, Alice Trumps McGuire; sons Hugh McGuire of Oakland, CA and Henry McGuire of Florence, MS; and daughter Sarah M. Tidwell of Oxford, MS. In addition many other family and friends.

There will be an hour of Sacred Harp singing at the funeral home, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Hugh Bill was quintessential Sacred Harp of the old school! All indigenous locations of Sacred Harp singings have their own traditions, and North Central Mississippi had some that were a little different than ours. But what is the essence of the tradition is unmistakable to those who know it. Mr. Hugh Bill had that. When I first saw him I immediately knew he was one to pay attention to. I am glad to have had the privilege to know him, and wish I had known him even better.

An "Interview with Hugh Bill McGuire, singer" can be found HERE.

Come, Holy Spirit, now impart,
Join ev'ry voice, join ev'ry heart;
Help us, O Lord, our voices raise,
And sing the great Redeemer's praise.

Dear brethren, we may meet no more
This side the bright, celestial shore;
But when relieved from toil and pain,
Dear brethren, we shall meet again.

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