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Joan E. W. Golden
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1936
Death: Jul. 4, 2007

JOAN E. W. GOLDEN "The Golden Girl" (The Precious Young One), 71, of Memphis, outstanding radio personality at WLOK Radio Station, passed away July 4, 2007. Ms. Golden was the co-lyricist of the song, "What Is This" and she also recorded the song, "Oh Danny Boy." She was a gospel DJ radio and broadcaster for almost fifty years. Joan also served at the musician for "The Gospel Messengers" and formally the "Hymnal Choir" of Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ, and as an associate musician for Taylor Chapel Baptist Church. Visitations are from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, and from 4-8 p.m. at Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ. She will also be viewed on Friday, July 13 from 9-10:55 a.m. at Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ. Funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ. Burial will be in New Park Cemetery. She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Kathy Golden of Tampa, FL and Demetria Joplin of Ypsilanti, MI; one son, Michael Golden of Memphis; one foster sister, Cecelia Weir of Memphis; eight grand-children, five great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home (Published in The Commercial Appeal on 7/10/2007.)


In her 46 years as an on-air personality at WLOK-AM 1340, Joan E. W. Golden "The Golden Girl" became part of Memphis radio history. Mrs. Golden died Wednesday at Methodist University Hospital from complications of diabetes. She was 71. She began her radio career in 1957. "I heard a lady on the radio and I thought I could do better. I told the manager I could do better and if he wanted to hire me, call me," she told a reporter from The Commercial Appeal in 2003. Mrs. Golden quickly became a widely respected voice in radio. She spoke with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. less than a week before he was assassinated in Memphis in 1968. For decades, she brought gospel music to her faithful listeners and was sometimes referred to as the "First Lady of Gospel" by WLOK. After she retired in 2003, she continued to do special broadcasting for WLOK. Art Gilliam, president and CEO of Gilliam Communications, which owns WLOK, remembers Mrs. Golden as a giant in her field. "The broadcast industry lost a true icon in Joan Golden," he said. One day a man called Mrs. Golden on the air expressing his frustrations with his marriage, Gilliam said. The wife happened to be listening to the broadcast. The couple met at the radio station and Mrs. Golden helped them reconcile. Gilliam said the couple stayed together for many years and later thanked Mrs. Golden for helping them salvage their marriage. "She spans generations in terms of people who listened to her," he said. Cecelia Weir, Mrs. Golden's foster sister, worked as her PR director for 25 years. She said Mrs. Golden also did commercials and made personal appearances. A gifted soprano, Mrs. Golden also composed the music and co-wrote the lyrics of the popular gospel song, "What Is This." "She definitely led a full life," Weir said. Mrs. Golden was a member of Pentecostal Temple Institutional Church of God in Christ, where she played piano for the church music group, the Gospel Messengers. She graduated from Arkansas AM&N in Pine Bluff (now the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff) on a vocal scholarship. Mrs. Golden leaves a son, Michael Golden of Memphis; two daughters, Kathy Golden of Tampa, Fla., and Demetria Golden of Ypsilanti, Mich.; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pentecostal Temple Institutional Church of God in Christ. N.J. Ford Funeral Home has charge. (Article by Ashley M. Bailey, published in The Commercial Appeal 7/7/2007.) 
 
Burial:
New Park Cemetery
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Carole McCaig
Record added: Jul 07, 2007
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Joan E. <i>W.</i> Golden
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