The Fishermen Quartet delivered the gospel music message for the 143rd homecoming celebration of West Gadsden’s Mount Carmel Baptist Church on Sept. 9.

The preacher for the service was the Rev. Bertis Ray, who now pastors in Town Creek. He attended Mount Carmel when growing up in the area and was called to preach during that time.

Mount Carmel is the mother church of Bellevue Baptist and Henry Street Baptist (now known as Goodyear Heights Baptist) churches. The organizational meeting of the Etowah Baptist Association was held there in 1884.

Just before the service got underway, Pastor Roger Beshears beckoned Music Minister John Jennings and his wife (pianist) to the podium, where the couple was honored with a plaque denoting their 20 years of service to the church.

The Fishermen Quartet has been together for the past quarter-century. They are an outgrowth of Marshall County’s Smith Family gospel singers which later became the Smith Brothers Quartet.

The group is led by tenor Cecil Smith who first sang as a 3-year old, standing on a stool beside his mother as she played the piano. Other members of the quartet are Kelton Bankston (lead), Richard Eller (baritone) and David Maddox (bass).

“We’ve had a busy week of singing,” Smith said. “Most of the time, we sing on Sunday, but we do other programs, too. On Wednesday night, we sang for an event at Meadowbrook Baptist in Gadsden and on Thursday, we were in Leesburg for a festival.”

For more information about the Fishermen Quartet, Smith’s phone number is: 256-572-6146. His address is P.O. Box 155, Boaz, AL 35957