Parting Words: Remembering David 'Pops' Winans

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Guest host Rebecca Roberts shares today's parting words — from the late patriarch of the first family of gospel: David "Pops" Winans. He died last week at age 74.


A quick note about someone who's changing her world now: our intern, Julia Thompson(ph), who's moving on to a new job. Good luck, Julia.

Tonight's parting words come from the patriarch behind the first family of contemporary gospel: the Winans.

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Mr. DAVID POPS WINANS (Singer): (Singing) You, Lord has always been with me.

ROBERTS: David Pops Winans died this past week. He was 74. He and his wife, Dolores Mom Winans, had 10 children and won six Grammy awards.

Back in 1992, NPR's Liane Hansen spoke with him about how the Winans family stayed grounded despite their fame and fortune.

Mr. WINANS: See, we know, according to the word of God, that God sets up, and Got takes down, he that humbles himself shall be exalted, but he that exalts himself shall be abased. So we keep a balanced life. We're no better than nobody else, but we give all praises and honor to the Lord.

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Mr. WINANS: (Singing) I always give you the glory for the things you've done in my life.

ROBERTS: That's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Rebecca Roberts. Happy Easter.

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