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The McKameys, a legendary Southern Gospel music group, has announced it has started its final tour and will retire in November 2019. The family music group will make a stop in Hernando in February as part of that tour.

A popular Southern Gospel music group that has been ministering in music for six decades is making its final tour and a concert in Hernando early next year will be among its appearances.

Fellowship Baptist Church, 625 Hwy. 51 South in Hernando, has announced that the McKameys Farewell Tour will visit the church Feb. 28, 2019, beginning at 7 p.m.

It will be free admission, but a love offering will be taken.

The McKameys are a family group based out of Clinton, Tenn., located northwest of Knoxville, Tenn.

While the family has been singing together for about six decades, they have been in full-time touring ministry for 36 years.

The final round of concerts will take them to the end of November 2019.

"We told you that we felt our journey would be slowing down this coming year and that we would be telling you more about this, so after much, much prayer we, The McKameys, have decided that at the end of November 2019 we will be retiring from full-time touring because we feel this is where God is leading at this time in our lives,” the family said in their announcement. “We will be continuing the traveling up until this time, Lord willing, allowing us time to see you all once again.”

A group that began as three sisters now has original member Peg McKamey Bean along with husband Ruben, their daughter Connie Fortner along with her husband, Roger Fortner, their son, Elijah Fortner; and Sheryl Farris, Peg and Ruben’s younger daughter.

The family plays about 130 dates a year that will take them throughout the Southeast, including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, West Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi and elsewhere.

“We believe our message of Jesus Christ and what HE can do for you will still be carried on in our music for years to come, and with that being said we will be having a couple of surprises coming in our final year,” the family states.

The group has been awarded several different Singing News Fan Awards through the years. Ruben and Peg are both recipients of The Marvin Norcross Award and Norcross/Templeton Award, respectively. In 2016, Peg McKamey Bean was inducted into The Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame.

With the most number one hits in Southern Gospel history, a dedicated following, and a faithful message for the masses, their great music and unwavering dedication to the Lord have stood the test of time. For more information on the Hernando concert, call 662-429-3229. Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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