Ben Speer, legendary member of the Speer Family, SGMA and GMA Hall of Famer and President of the Stamps-Baxter School Of Music, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.
Speer sang for The Speer Family for most of his career. He later became a leader of the Gaither Homecoming Southern Gospel music programs. His parents were Lena and G.T. Speer (affectionately known as "Mom" and "Dad" Speer to most people in Southern Gospel music), who originally led the group, with Speer's siblings Brock Speer, Mary Tom Speer, and Rosa Nell Speer also participating.
On Facebook, Speer writes:
Recently, I have been told that I am one of the millions who is being afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease. Upon learning this news, Rebekah and I had to decide whether we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way.
After some consideration we have decided to share this with you. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life's journey with my beloved Rebekah and family. I plan to enjoy many more singing schools and singings and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.
Unfortunately, as Alzheimer's Disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. One my family is all too familiar with. I only wish there was some way I could spare Rebekah and the rest from this painful experience. During this time and those to come, I am confident that with your help they will face it with faith and courage.