Inductees Archive

Hovie Lister

Born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1916, Mr. Lister devoted his life to gospel music in 1942. He sang with the Lister Brothers, Lone Star Quartet, Homeland Harmony, Rangers and LeFevres. In 1948 he founded and managed the Statesmen until the present date.  Mr. Lister pastored the First Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia from 1951-1962. He received his degree as Doctor of Divinity from Burton College & Seminary in 1961. Mr. Lister is an author, composer, emcee and pianist. He has appeared on all three major television networks, was a winner of the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts and has recorded for Capital, RCA Victor and Skylite. Mr. Lister has served on the Board of Directors and as an officer of the Gospel Music Association.


Induction Year




Greenville, South Carolina



  • The Lister Brothers
  • The Lone Star Quartet
  • Homeland Harmony
  • The Rangers
  • The LeFevres
  • The Statesmen (founder)
  • Masters V
  • Palmetto State Quartet (piano)


Education and Training

  • Stamps-Baxter School of Music
  • Burton College and Seminary (Doctor of Divinity)



Hovie Lister and The Statesmen singing “Get Away Jordan”