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Richard Rose, a preacher, gospel singer and protege of Marshall Keeble, dies at 76


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Richard A. Rose Sr., one of the “boy preachers” who studied under Marshall Keeble at the Nashville Christian Institute in Tennessee, died Dec. 25, 2022. He was 76.

Richard A. Rose Sr.

A native of Atlanta, Rose attended public schools in Detroit before beginning his training at the institute — which educated Black primary and secondary students from Churches of Christ from the 1940s to the late ’60s — at 13.

Keeble, the famous Black evangelist who baptized an estimated 30,000 people before his 1968 death, served as the institute’s president and would often bring a few of his protégés with him to gospel meetings across the U.S.

After graduating from the Nashville Christian Institute, Rose studied at Alabama Christian College in Montgomery — now Faulkner University — the Central Ohio School for Preachers and Teachers and Cincinnati Christian University. He went on to preach at several congregations in Ohio and Michigan and sing in the gospel quartet Sons of Praise before retiring to his home state of Georgia.

Marshall Keeble sits with a few of his “boy preachers,” including Hassen Reed and Robert McBride, both standing, and Robert Wood and Fred Gray.

Rose is survived by his wife of 50 years, Everly Jean, two sons, seven grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.


Related: Marshall Keeble’s ‘boy preachers’ still baptizing and saving souls


Read Rose’s full obituary here.

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