By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever
Gospel Music Fever was heartbroken to learn of the passing of songstress Dr. LaTonya Earl. LaTonya perished Valentine’s Day in a car collision in Houston, TX. She was 49 years old.
LaTonya is known in the gospel community as a gifted singer, songwriter, musician, and longtime worship director at The Church at Bethel’s Family in Houston. Her talent has garnered widespread recognition among her peers and earned her multiple Rhythm of Gospel and Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards.
I met LaTonya in 2013 at the Rhythm of Gospel Awards, as we were seat buddies at the main show. That single encounter birthed a friendship that continued til her demise. I had the privilege of interviewing LaTonya in 2013. You can read it here: LaTonya Earl: Her Story, Her Song
Heartfelt sympathy and prayers are extended to her husband Rev. Walter Earl, children Britney, Amber, and Drew, grandson Roman, and her entire biological and spiritual family during this undoubtedly difficult time.
Rev. Walter August, senior pastor of The Church at Bethel’s Family, announced homegoing arrangements for LaTonya Tuesday via Facebook. The public viewings and services will take place at The Church at Bethel’s Family, located at 12660 Sandpiper Drive in Houston, TX.
Friday, February 21, 2020
3 – 6 PM CST
Saturday, February 22, 2020
8:30 – 10 AM
Libra Nicole Boyd, PhD is a musician, award-winning author, gospel music aficionado, and the founder and editor of Gospel Music Fever™. Her commitment to journalistic integrity includes bringing you reliable gospel music content that uplifts and advances the art form. Libra is presently working on several scholarly projects about gospel music in the media as well as gospel music in social movements.