Clarence Fountain, founding member of gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama died on June 3 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 88.
Fountain had stopped touring with the group in 2007 because of complications from diabetes, but sang on their 2017 album, Almost Home.
Fountain is survived by his wife, Barbara. The family planned a private viewing Monday at their church, with a public funeral Tuesday at a larger church, which had not yet been chosen, according to his manager Charles Driebe.
Fountain and friends started their first group as students at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind in Talladega. They left school in 1944 while in their teens.
The group won four Grammys, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, and were members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
With Fountain’s passing, the only original member of the group still living is Jimmy Carter.