- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 24, 2005

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Elmer Mackall, a gospel singer, church pianist and Southern Maryland musician since childhood, died May 22 at his home of emphysema, his record producer said. He was 81.

Last year, despite health problems that had resulted in the amputation of his legs, Mr. Mackall won first place in vocal performance at the Maryland State Arts Council’s annual competition.

With three of his daughters, he performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall last summer.

Mr. Mackall was born into a tobacco sharecropping family in Calvert County. He traveled with his mother and siblings to churches and camp meetings, singing spirituals.

He released a solo compact disc, “A Bright Side Somewhere,” in 2003.

Survivors include nine children, a sister, 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at noon Saturday at Jesus the Divine Word Catholic Church in Huntingtown.

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