A man known to many in East Texas as the 'Godfather of gospel music' has passed away.
The Reverend Eddie Templeton was the president of the Longview Chapter of the Texas Mass Choir, and the minister of music at Longview's Galilee Baptist Church.
He was 61 years old. He died this week of heart failure.
Templeton owned a music store on Eastman Road, and was also a member of the Longview Ministerial Alliance.
"He has left us physically, but he will be forevermore with us spiritually always. I'll always treasure and never forget him wonderful person, said Rev. Monroe Henderson, a fellow church member.
Funeral arrangements for Templeton are pending.
Bob Hallmark, reporting. email@example.com