Joe Ligon funeral service announced, plus NPR remembers the gospel pioneer

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Funeral services for Joe Ligon, the legendary lead singer of gospel qaurtet the Mighty Clouds of Joy, will be held in Beaumont, TX today, Dec. 28. Rev. Jesse Jackson will perform the eulogy with Bishop Neal Roberson officiating. Mr. Ligon died at the age of 80 in Los Angeles on Dec. 11.

Location and Time of Homegoing Service

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church - 11 AM
3920 West Cardinal Drive - Beaumont, Texas

Gifts and condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Peggy Ligon 
c/o Calvary Mortuary   ( )
1225 South Seventh Street 
Beaumont, TX 77701 
Phone: (409) 838-0159 
Fax: (409)838-0551

Along with The Clouds, Ligon was a man before his time.  He helped usher in a more contemporary sound in gospel music.  The group's biggest hit "Mighty High" introduced their style to mainstream and held its appeal to non-church goers largely due to Ligon's rock star performance qaulity.  He was known as an exciting performer who would milk every drop of feeling out of  a song.

NPR Remembers Joe Ligon