Be A Part of the Celebration Of Dianne Wilkinson’s Life and Music

Dianne Wilkinson

You can be part of the celebration of Dianne Wilkinson's life and music on Tuesday December 14th, 2:00 PM, at the Hillcrest Baptist Church, 621 Hartsville Pike, Lebanon, TN 37087. The public is invited to attend the celebration which will also be broadcast on the Singing News Facebook page and SigningNewsTV.

Rick Shelton of Daywind Publishing has shared the following, "This has been a tough week for the Southern Gospel family. We plan to honor our friend, Dianne, and celebrate her life and her songs. We are preparing a program filled with her best loved and biggest hits along with stories and tributes. The following individuals have committed to perform so far: Gerald Wolfe, Scott Fowler, Rodney Griffin, Chris Allman, Danny Funderburk, the Booth Brothers, Tribute Quartet, Terry Franklin, Pat Barker, Tim Parton, Arthur Rice, Danny Riley and more.  It will be a special time for all of us." 

Wilkinson passed away peacefully on November 30th. She was 77 years-old. Dianne was an accomplished gospel musician, composing and recording over 1,000 gospel songs throughout her career. In late December 2016, she wrote her 1,000th song titled "Just Another Mile", and it was recorded in January 2017 by the Kingdom Heirs.  

Rodney Griffin shares: "Today I'll be thinking alot about the legacy of my sweet friend, Dianne Wilkinson, who moved on to heaven last night. Imagine her joy...writing the words, "We shall see Jesus just as He is" so many years ago, and then seeing Him in all His glory and perfection for the first time last night.

She will always be the standard by which songwriters from this era will be measured. She had it all...from inspiration of a song, to completion of it. There is no one else more prolific, even through her golden years. Always celebrating the Lord...and always encouraging the saints, that was Dianne.And now she's there. We will miss you, sweet friend! But, we promise to see you soon!"

Dianne Wilkinson was born Dianne Branscum, in Blytheville, Arkansas.She has a long storied career as a southern gospel songwriter for many artists, and she even got a nomination at the 46th GMA Dove Awards, in the Songwriter of the Year non-artist category. She was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2020

Dianne is survived by her brothers, Jim Branscum and his wife Sondra of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Ron Branscum of Detroit, Michigan; sisters, Lillie Ann Tolly and her husband Johnny of Denton, Texas and Shirley Privett; niece, Rachel Payton and her husband Sean of Dyersburg, Tennessee and nephew, John Mark Branscum and his wife Cami of Chapel Hill, Tennessee; and great-nieces and nephews, Aeris, Kourtney, Lauren, Brandon, Colton, Jordan, Briley, Makenzy and Sean, Jr.




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