Funderburk headlines Hood benefit singing

AMORY – The second annual Camden Hood Memorial Scholarship Fund benefit singing will be held on Saturday, April 4, at Cason Baptist Church Family Life Center Gym. Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. with the food concessions opening at 5 p.m.

Hood was the son of Andy and Tammy Hood of Amory. He passed away in 1997 at the age of five from a rare childhood cancer.

The scholarship was established to benefit the graduating class of 2010, which would have been Camden’s class. The scholarships will be given to all county and city schools in Monroe County.

This year’s entertainment will be the Master’s Quartet, Saving Grace, Scott Wilemon. Headlining the event is Marty Funderburk of Nashville, Tennessee. He is a 1976 graduate of Amory High School and the son of Marvin and Carole McKissick of Wren.

Funderburk has been in the music industry in Nashville since 1976. He has toured with groups such as Life Action Singers and Beyond the Blue. He worked as a studio singer for a number of years. He has been a staff songwriter for Daywind Publishing since 1998. His songs have been recorded by numerous big-name gospel artists including Ricky Skaggs, The Talley Trio, Brian Free and Assurance, The Florida Boys, Hope’s Call,Jake Hess and Gold City.

He has been nominated for the 2009 Dove Awards as Southern Gospel Song of the Year, I Believe God.

There is no admission charge for the singing, but a love offering will be accepted at the door.

A cake auction will also be held and orders will be taken for a special pottery piece made by local potter Debbie Lay.

A softball tournament is scheduled for May 15-16.

An account has been set up at Cadence Bank in Amory for the Camden Hood Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Alice Ortiz/Monroe Journal

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