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Jake Hess
Birth: Dec. 24, 1927
Pisgah (Limestone County)
Limestone County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jan. 4, 2004
Opelika
Lee County
Alabama, USA

Southern Gospel Singer. Born on Christmas Eve, 1927, the last of twelve children born to Stovall and Lydia Hess. An old friend J.D. Sumner stated, Jake Hess took gospel music from the dirt road, paved it, and broadened it into a four-lane highway by forming sevearal groups and launching his solo career. He studied harmony at the Stamps-Baxter school, sang with his brothers and organized vocal groups around northern Alabama. Jake married Joyce McWaters, the daughter of a gospel promoter, who sang with her cousins in the Gallant Quartet on October 5, 1952. Jake was Elvis' all-time favorite singer. He used Jake and the Imperials on his Grammy-winning gospel album "How Great Thou Art" Jake would later sing at Elvis' own funeral. In 1991, Bill Gaither launched his "Homecoming" gospel video series. Jake credits it for saving his life. That year, too, he started a new version of The Statesmen, but a year later a doctor ordered him off the road for health reasons. In 1993, Jake retired from gospel music and moved with Joyce to Columbus, Georgia, to be near Becky and her family. As soon as Jake's health improved He went solo and launched the Old Friends Qt. with George Younce and others. Hess was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and SESAC presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Jake won several others awards too numerous to mention. He released his final project "Gotta get a God said" on October 2003. (bio by: Paul J. Lambert) 
 
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  Joyce McWaters Hess (1930 - 2000)*
 
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Burial:
Buck Family Cemetery
Juniper
Marion County
Georgia, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Paul J. Lambert
Record added: Jan 03, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8236839
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Jake, We talked several times during my life, it was always a pleasure to be treated as a friend...as you always treated all you met. Your voice and music are still an inspiration and will live on for generations! Rest in peace my friend.
- Jim C
 Added: Oct. 3, 2014
Using your faith, goodness and voice you sang your way to Heaven and I am sure leading a choir at the foot of the Lord.You are sadly missed.
- Theolinda
 Added: Sep. 5, 2014

- Deborah Brown
 Added: Aug. 1, 2014
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