J.B. Whitfield received a plaque July 3 during the Sunday service in recognition of his many musical accomplishments during the 80 years he has played gospel songs.
He began performing at the tender age of 5 when he played with family members and other artists for Jimmy Davis, governor of Louisiana at the time. His musical career led him to play for a number of other prominent individuals, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Marvin Mandel, former governor of Maryland and Benjamin Miller, former governor of Alabama.
He sang or played on stage with gospel legends like Anthony Burger, The Blackwoods, Dottie Rambo, The Oakridge Boys, The Harvesters, Rosie Rozell and the Searchers, The Inspirations, Leroy Abernathy, Jake Hess, Jerry Goff, The Weatherfords, The Kingsmen, The Goodmans, The Speers, The Rebels, The Nelsons, The Leveres, Low Note Hilton, Squire Parsons, The Singing Americans, The Cathedrals, Hovie Lester Statesmen, J.D. Sumner and the Stamps (a longtime backup group for Elvis Presley), Chuck Wagon, The Couriers, The Harmoneers, The Florida Boys, Les Gaither, Bill Hyles, Wendy Bagwell and Calvin Newton.
He played or sang in groups with the Whitfield Quartet, The Jubilairs, Gabriel, the Owens Quartet, Southern Dawn, Country Brass, the Peacemakers and The Prophets.
Whitfield also recorded a number of albums with prominent gospel artists like Jimmy Davis, The Couriers, The Harvesters, and The Blackwoods.