Inductees Archive

James S. Wetherington
James S. Wetherington

James S. (Big Chief) Wetherington was a native of Ty Ty Georgia. He resided in Atlanta, Georgia for approximately 25 years. He was a member of the Assembly of God Tabernacle and directed the choir when not on tour with the Statesmen Quartet. Big Chief was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. Big Chief Wetherington was a highly respected quartet man, serving as a very competent bass singer with the Statesmen at the time of his death. He died just a few days before his 51st birthday, having suffered a heart attack in his hotel room in Nashville where he was appearing in the National Quartet Convention. He had sung with the Statesmen for 26 years and was well known in gospel quartet circles. He was a partner with Hovie Lister and Doy Ott in the Faith and J.M. Henson Publishing Companies and the Statesmen Quartet. He was sole owner of the Lodo Music Company. Big Chief Wetherington will be long remembered for his genial manner, ready smile, his encouragement of new talent and his deep love for gospel music. He was instrumental in helping J.D. Sumner in the formation of the National Quartet Convention. He loved gospel music and gospel fans.


Induction Year




Big Chief



Lived in Atlanta, GA for 25 years


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Music Group

Sunny South Quartet, Melody Masters, Statesmen Quartet



James S. Wetherington singing “How Great Thou Art”


Bill Gaither interviews members of The Statesmen Quartet about James S.  Wetherington