I would like to give my thoughts as a band member on the passing of Barb and Kels Lomison.
I met Barb and Kels during the Off-BEN Avenue Follies. Kels found out I played music and I worked with band in the show. Barb always was with Kels on all of his dances and Gospel concerts. Barb surely knew her Bible. Many times someone would be talking about a topic and she would say the Bible says - then she would quote chapter and verse about it. She was always kind and gracious to my wife and me. We enjoyed many good times camping together at the Ridge Runners Campground.
Kels asked, "would I play square dances with him?" We did many dances for the community organizations and sometimes just for someone in need. He'd call to ask if I would help him with this date? He always made me feel like I was a part of his family.
The first time I was to play at Orviston, I asked Kels, "How do I get there?"
He said, "Just go to the bridge in Beech Creek and turn right, follow that road."
I asked, "How far?"
He said, "just follow that road."
"How far?" I asked again.
"When the road ends," he said.
This was typical of Kel's dry humor. I was always amazed that he seemed to know everybody. I sure wish I could remember names and faces like that. I must say we had many great times together. I miss him and think about both he and Barb often.
I would like to include a verse and chorus of a song that I had written that reminds me of them. I'm sure they are both singing in that heavenly choir. I sure hope when I get there they will be waiting for me.
Sing for me when you get there
Our brother Kels would stand, upon the hill and sing
A voice you could hear for a country mile
It came out loud and strong, you couldn't help but sing along
Now he's helping to lead the gospel song
Sing for me when you get there brother
Sing for me, let your voices ring
Sing for me, everyone together
All sing loud, with praises to our king.