Wilder: Seeking the "Seekers"

By: Dwayne Wilder

It was the 1970s and with the influence of “Up with People,” a Denison church created their own version named “The Freedom Seekers.” The group of high school singers performed patriotic and religious songs all around Texoma; and now the church wants to hear the ‘Seekers’ again.

DwaynePic1.jpgFormer Seeker and Waples Memorial United Methodist Church member Kim Huff is spearheading the reunion, which takes place next Sunday during the morning service.

“We have about 25 coming so far,” said Huff. “One Seeker-Carol Ann Barry-put it on Facebook and it went crazy!”

The 50 member group had two incarnations as the students graduated; the first in 1973 and another one in the late 1970s. The Freedom Seekers was started by Phyllis Waldrop, the daughter of longtime Waples organist Lou Burks.

The reunion will include a gathering Saturday evening at the Waples Fellowship Hall and the appearance Sunday morning when the group will sing three favorites, “Up with People,” “What Color is God’s Skin?” and “The Ride of Paul Revere.”

Huff remembers the red, white and blue uniforms and all the churches the group visited.

“We went to the high school (Denison) once, too,” said Huff, a two year member. “It was nerve wracking because they were your peers.”

Local college professor and Boy Scout leader Wade Graves was also in the ‘Seekers.’ Huff added that many of the Seekers’ parents are still active in the congregation.

“We loved it,” she said. “And they did, too.”

For more information on the reunion or if you ‘seek’ to be found, contact Huff at (903) 465-3350.

TWO OLD PHOTOS FROM "THE FREEDOM SEEKERS"

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