The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 24, 2012

Squire Parsons to perform in Fairlea

— Squire Parsons, well-known native West Virginian gospel singer and writer of many gospel music songs, will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Greenbrier Valley Church of the Nazarene in Fairlea.

Parsons was born in Newton and was introduced to music by his father, who was minister of music at Newton Baptist Church. He has serv-ed as an interim music director, church soloist, elementary school music teacher, and high school band director. In 1975 he became the baritone singer for the Kingsmen Quartet, after which he went into solo ministry in 1979.

In addition to his ministry as a gospel singer, Parsons is also a songwriter. In 1981 his song “Sweet Beulah Land” was voted “Favorite Song of the Year” by Singing News.

In 1999 he was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall Of Fame in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Greenbrier Valley Church of the Nazarene is located at Davis Stuart Road and Dawkins Drive, approximately one-half mile south of Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea. The Rev. Glen Thaxton is pastor.