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Shawn McLemore’s Wife Clears Up Cause of Death – Announces LIVE Streamed Funeral

Mary Mary, John P. Kee, Fred Hammond Share Condolences

Shawn McLemore listened to the audible words of his wife Rhonda McLemore one last time, and acknowledged her with a single tear.  Then the balladeer that meant so much to people around the world took his last breath.  The final words spoken by Rhonda were, “Your daughter will be alright.. REST!”  And then he let go.

Known to those closest to him as Shawn Mac, McLemore was a local Houston legend that was respected in many circles around the world.  It’s been said that his vocal range was one of the purest in the Gospel industry.  Able to hold and manipulate notes with clarity few have ever done before. 

Shawn is survived by his wife and fellow Gospel singer Rhonda McLemore along with their daughter ShaRon McLemore.  The pair took to social media to clear up his cause of death and announce funeral services taking place in Houston, Texas.  You can watch that video below, and get funeral instructions at the end of the article.

“Mary Mary” singer Erica Campbell posted on Instagram about her relationship with Shawn McLemore.  Says Campbell:

“Ive been tryna figure out what to say about this loss, what post reflects the impact my friend Shawn Mac made😢😢 he was the first to really affirm my gift outside of my church and family.  My church choir was recording a song he arraigned, I know who hold tomorrow and I was leading the song! I was terrified I was 19yrs old, he told me I could do it… and I believed him!❤️ He remained that way in my life, encouraging me all the time. Rest Well Shawn Mac your impact was great and you certainly will be missed. I’m praying for the family. I love you @shawnmclemore67 -Erica Campbell

John P. Kee visits Shawn McLemore in his final days

John P. Kee flew down to Houston to visit McLemore during his final days and said this about the encounter and photo opportunity captured below.

 “On this particular day I was getting ready to leave him! After praying he said, wipe you eyes and brang yo uhnunumumhnngnffgb and take this picture! 🤣🤣🤣 He was low key a real comedian.” -John P. Kee

Fred Hammond was brief with his comments while posting a video of Shawn McLemore’s vocals on the hit song “I Believe” sung with James Fortune and Zacardi Cortez.  Says Hammond,

“Blessings bro. #shawnmclemore #rip” -Fred Hammond

The tributes are coming in by the thousands, but some people are still wondering who he is, and why all their favorite Gospel artists respect him, and they’ve never heard of him?  The answer to that shines a light on a testimony that was full of miracles, God’s favor, and persistence.


Shawn Mac did not get famous overnight.  His road to Gospel success was full of hard times when he could have gotten bitter but chose to stay humble and in his own lane.  In the mid-90’s he started drawing comparisons to the legendary John P. Kee, and Verity Records signed the artist hoping to repeat the success they just had after prying John P. Kee away from Tyscot Records.

Shawn McLemore’s first solo release was in 1997 titled, “Wait on Him” and this placed McLemore on Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart.  His second album came 10 years later in 2007 and was titled, “Sunday Morning: The Live Experience” This album marked a new partnership with Black Smoke/Worldwide Music founder and recent Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee Kerry Douglas.  A relationship that would prove pivotal in Shawn’s later years.  But still, McLemore’s album Sunday Morning was not a chart-topper, but it was anointed.  The third album was, Stand: The Shawn Mac Project, released in 2010 by Black Smoke Music alongside Worldwide Music, and this album did not chart as well. 

After a series of average sales McLemore continued to stay on his God given PATH.  Winning over audiences one guest appearance at a time.  Church after Church, with little televised appearances.  Shawn Mac didn’t care if he performed in a white-wood country church with 25 members in it or a mega church with 10,000 members; He still sung his heart out every time.  Something I witnessed personally in my coverage of him as publisher of PATH MEGAzine. 

Hoping for another chance at a solo album, McLemore continued to network and sing on everyone else’s album.  He sang background for Donnie McClurkin, arranged vocals for upcoming artists, and played piano as minister of music for more churches than I can count in the Houston area.  McLemore just loved to worship!  He cared little about notoriety and cared only about leaving it all out on the sanctuary floor every single Sunday for the glory of God. 


Then it happened.  11 Years ago, the singer would suffer a major heart attack that doctors said gave the singer a one percent chance of recovery.  Shawn McLemore said in a later interview that his wife Rhonda bought oil to the hospital against the medical staff’s wishes and prayed over him while he laid unconscious.  The singer would soon wake up with all his brain function in-tact, and Shawn would go to work on his fourth and final album, “The One Percent Miracle.” (Released in 2011 by Black Smoke/World-Wide Music.) 

This time the passion project went somewhere, but more than anything it re-energized the singer and reminded him to leave it all on the table for God.  McLemore told Path MEGAzine in 2010, “I used to be part of the crowd that heard what God can do, but now I’m part of the crowd that knows what God can do. And he’s a healer!”

Shawn loved Houston Texans football! Seen here with PATH publisher Kris Patrick


Around the time this was all going on, McLemore teamed up with James Fortune and Zacardi Cortez for the hit song that would take all of them to heights few Gospel artists reach.  Singing the ballad to Christian and secular television audiences alike, the song would reach the hearts and minds of many. 

Shawn wrote many songs for himself and other artists; engineered songs, conducted choirs, musical stage plays, sang background and guest featured on dozens of projects.  But when he took the mic, there was never visible signs of nervousness; no quiver in his vocals.  This was a man that was doing what God told him to do.  Just look how he stepped into this song (below) with John P. Kee, who was one of Gospel’s all-time best sellers at this point in time.  No hesitation, just the anointing flowing all over him.

Shawn Mac would eventually suffer another heart attack and make it through it again. But years after the second heart attack, his heart began to fail, affecting other organs in the body.

So, who was Shawn McLemore?  Album sales and fandom can’t begin to describe what Erica Campbell wrote in the aforementioned quote.  McLemore was genuine and built people up and brought out the best in them.  The end result led to more souls being saved. He was a father, he was a husband, he was a talented artist, and he was also my friend. My God time is short…  To those people who have read this far, I encourage you to do exactly what Shawn did and be a testimony about the goodness of God.  Run at your own pace but finish your race!  Shawn Mac, you finished your race brother. Rest well. Until we meet again.

Kris Patrick – Path MEGAzine (Publisher)

Have more time to worship? Check out Shawn McLemore’s Interview with Path MEGAzine in 2010 where he tells his testimony.

This post was written by Kris Patrick | October 12, 2021

Aretha Franklin’s Farwell Memorial to be Streamed by WORD and Bounce TV Networks


Several networks are planning to stream farewell funeral services for Aretha Franklin this Friday. From big news stations to stations that cater to the faith-based community. Read the full post »

This post was written by Kris Patrick | August 29, 2018

Remembering Yvonne Staples of The Staple Singers, Passes at 80

[Yvonne Staples in 2011]

Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of the Staple Singers, her family’s hit-making gospel group that topped the charts in the early 1970s with the song “I’ll Take You There,” died April 10 at her home in Chicago. She was 80. Read the full post »

This post was written by Kris Patrick | April 24, 2018

Edwin Hawkins Celebration of Life Draws Top Performers, To Stream LIVE Feb. 6 & 7

[Celebration to stream LIVE]

Some of the biggest gospel artists of our time are headed West to pay tribute to four-time Grammy® Award-winning recording artist, Edwin Hawkins, who passed away January 15th. The Hawkins Family is staging a two-night “Celebration of Life” event that takes place Tuesday, February 6th and Wednesday, February 7th @7 PM each evening at the Harbor Light Church, 4760 Thornton Avenue, Fremont, CA 94536. The public is invited to attend the celebration and admission is free of charge. Read the full post »

This post was written by Kris Patrick | February 6, 2018

Houston Mourns the Loss of Radio Legend Robert “Bassman” Washington, Funeral Times Announced

[Robert “Bassman” Washington was known for his deep voice and his tagline, “I Love you and there ain’t nothing you can do about it”]

The city of Houston mourns the loss of Robert “Bassman” Washington who passed at 48. Read the full post »

This post was written by Kris Patrick | December 19, 2017

Funeral Times for Bishop Eddie Long Announced, TD Jakes Comments


[Bishop Eddie Long Funeral Time Announced]

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church released the funeral time for Bishop Eddie Long’s homegoing celebration. Read the full post »

This post was written by Kris Patrick | January 18, 2017

Gospel Star Earnest Pugh Tapped as Psalmist at Funeral for Parents Slain by 16 Year Old Son


[Antonio and Dawn Armstrong seen with son AJ Armstrong (16). AJ is accused of murdering his parents while they slept.]

The Houston community will come together this weekend to lay to rest two parents, Antonio and Dawn Armstrong, who were allegedly murdered by their 16 year old son recently. Read the full post »

This post was written by Kris Patrick | August 4, 2016

Kurt Carr Shares Photo of Good Friend Andraé Crouch’s Last Days


[Twin sister Sandra Crouch and Kurt Carr visit Andraé Crouch days before he passed at 72]

Gospel star Kurt Carr set in the front row of a packed house gathered to celebrate the 49th Annual Gospel Music Workshop of America, that was hosted this year in Birmingham, AL. Read the full post »

This post was written by Kris Patrick | August 2, 2016


Amber_BullockThe family of Alton Sterling is inviting the community to mourn with them on Friday, July 15 at a public funeral held at Southern University. The services will be held at the F. G. Clark Activity Center, which will provide seating capacity for about 4,500 people. BET’s Sunday Best Winner and Soul singer Amber Bullock will sing at the funeral. Read the full post »

This post was written by Kris Patrick | July 15, 2016

Watch Performances from Daryl Coley’s Funeral – Yolanda Adams, B-Slade, Vanessa Bell Armstrong


[Daryl Coley Remembered]

Over the weekend the Gospel community came together to memorialize the late great Daryl Coley in Los Angeles. Coley died at the age of 60 after complications with diabetes.

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This post was written by Kris Patrick | April 6, 2016