Clipped From The Times
Church to pay tribute to local 'music man' . By DAVID WESTERFIELD The Times Kenneth Dooley, retiring minister of music at Christ United Methodist Church, will be honored by church members, family and friends Sunday for 44 years of dedication to music in the Shreveport area. A reception is 5 p.m. Sunday Sunday at the church, 1204 Crabapple. "He has endeared himself to all of us," said church member Jimmy Barnhill. "Stressing the importance of commitment and proper vocal vocal technique, he has been able to take a group of singers, mostly of mediocre talent, and turn them into a choir with a powerful sound." Dooley has created a full resume . for himself in Shreveport music. He was minister of music at I'irst Baptist Church from 1953 to 1976; a soloist at B'nai Zion Temple from 1962 to 1987; a leading vocalist with the Shreveport Opera from 1950 to 1979. Li 1991, he took the Christ United Methodist choir to New York City for a performance performance at Carnegie Hall. Other highlights of his career career include a 1946 performance performance at Madison Square Garden at a reception for the original Flying Tigers and a 1970 appearance with other ministers of music on a Bob Hope television special.