Continued: History of Mt. Traveler Baptist Church Choirs
The Junior Choir was organized in 1975 during the pastorate of Rev. J. Orlando Tucker. Sister Ocie
Lockhart and Sister Sheree Lockhart directed this choir.  The choir began with 13 small children.  The
children’s ages ranged from 5 to 10 years in age.  This group remained together for ten years.  The
presidents were Sister Stephanie Combs Askew, Sister Charlotte Trimble, Sister Sharon Pearson,
and Deacon Horace Trimble Jr.   The pianists were Charlotte Trimble and Stephanie Combs Askew.

The Male Chorus was organized in 1975.  The choir began with eight members: Deacon C. R.
Lockhart, Deacon Horace E. Trimble Sr., Deacon Willie Wade Lockhart, Brother Douglas Ray Heard,
Deacon B. J. Stovall, Brother James Menefee, Deacon Horace Trimble Jr. and Deacon Angelo
Trimble.  “Close to Thee” was their theme song. They grew in confidence and fellowship.  The
president was Deacon C. R. Lockhart.  The pianists were Sister Doris Burton and Sister LaShaun
Trimble.

The Young Adult Choir was organized in 1979 under the pastorate of Rev. Leonard Bryant.  They
began with seven members.  They were dedicated and determined to improve their singing. Sister
Ocie Lockhart served as president.  The pianists were Sister Charlotte Trimble, Sister Stephanie
Combs Askew, Sister M. LaShaun Trimble, Sister Lisa Heard and Sister Barbara Allen.  Deacon
Angelo Trimble served as organist.

The Cherub Choir comes into being 1980 under the pastorate of Rev. Leonard Bryant.  Sister Sheree
Lockhart was the director.  The number was sometimes large and sometimes small, sometimes
quiet and sometimes noisy.  However, they were always anxious to sing; they just wanted to praise
His Name.

The Crusaders was organized in 1982.  Sister Lizzie Bickerstaff was the Counselor and Deacon
Angelo Trimble was the assistant.  This group of young men was dedicated and grew by faith thus
contributing greatly to the music ministry of this church.  The pianists were Sister Charlotte Trimble,  
Sister Stephanie Combs Askew, Sister M. LaShaun Trimble, Sister Lisa Heard, Sister Barbara Allen
and Deacon Angelo Trimble.  

Under the pastorate of Rev. Benjamin C. Datiri, we currently have four choirs: the Adult Choir, Mass
Choir, Youth Choir and the Male Chorus.  Our musicians are: Sister Barbara Allen (pianist), Brother
Timothy Lockhart (drummer), Deacon Randy Driver (guitarist), and Deacon Angelo Trimble (director
and organist).

God put a song into man
But sin can grab it out and bring discord into his life.
But repentance can put melody back into his life, that is the secret of a
Christian’s life.  We shall continue to sing.
Let us lift our voices and sing praises to God,
Who can do much through the power of music.
IF MUSIC CAN CALM THE SALVAGE BEAST, IT CAN TOUCH AND
CHANGE THE HARD AND STONY HEARTS OF MAN.
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