Remembering Byron Steward

JEFF TURNER

The southern gospel community is remembering Byron Steward, a man who played southern gospel music for more than 30 years including time he spent with spent with Gold City and Tony Gore & Majesty.

Steward passed away Saturday June 4.

Gold City’s Dany Riley said on the group’s Facebook page, “Bryon was a great man. We loved working with him and having him on our bus. We are all saddened at his passing, but we have that hope that says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We know Byron is with Jesus, healed and at peace.”

Funeral services took place Tuesday in Hackleburg, Alabama at the Chigger Hill Freewill Baptist Church, according to his obituary.

Byron Steward was 48.

Former Gold City bass vocalist Tim Riley hospitalized

David Ingram / Daywind Records

Retired Gold City bass vocalist Tim Riley was taken to hospital after suffering a stroke earlier this week. An email to Texas Gospel Canada from Daywind Records says Tim has since suffered an additional stroke and has been moved to the ICU. The strokes have affected Tim’s speech and make it difficult for him to communicate.

“We appreciate every prayer that is being sent up on Dad’s behalf,” said Tim’s son and Gold City leader Danny Riley.

Tim sang Bass for Gold City from 1982 until he retired in 2005. The group posted news of Tim’s condition on Facebook: