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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Passing of Junious Norfleet

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Photo: The Norfleet Brothers (Junious bottom center)

Junious Norfleet, the last surviving member of The Norfleet Brothers passed in Chicago after a long illness. He was 82. The Norfleet Brothers, a well known gospel quartet consisting of Arthur, Joseph, Junious, Peter and Nathaniel were organized in 1946 in Newbern, Alabama, a small town not far from Tuscaloosa. Junious was the youngest of fifteen children. They relocated to Chicago in 1948 and were a integral part of Gospel Music's Golden Age during the 50s and 60s. Although only having a few albums to their credit, The Norfleet Brothers gained popularity and notoriety through appearances on radio and television and were the anchors of Jubilee Showcase, one of the longest-running programs in Chicago television history,airing for 21 years on WLS-TV, the ABC Network station in Chicago. In the 90s the group made regular appearances on Singsation, a weekly gospel music program based in Chicago and carried on the WGN Superstation.

Junious is survived by his wife, Janet Norfleet, Chicago's first female postmaster.

Visitation and funeral is scheduled as follows:

Monday, March 31, 2008
10 - 11 a.m.
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 South Jeffrey Boulevard
Chicago, IL
(773) 721-8900

Burial Immediately following: