Announcement From Dean Hopper

Taken from the Hopper Facebook Page:



Late Thursday night, after intermittently experiencing unexplained vertigo-like symptoms for several days, Dean was admitted to the emergency room here near our homes in Greensboro, NC.

After several hours of neurological exams, a CT scan, MRI, echocardiogram and an extensive battery of other tests––it was determined that he had suffered two strokes in the cerebellum of the brain within just two days of each other.
With a sizable family history of strokes, doctors were able to conclude that a mild neck injury Dean sustained back in the spring, combined with his genetic susceptibility, was the culprit.

Miraculously, all arteries are completely clean and Dean is fully mobile with no permanent damage. We are truly and wonderfully blessed! He was released from the hospital today, Monday 12/12, and is home resting as his brain begins to heal and the after-effects continue to resolve.

“I’m so thankful for my wife, Kim. She hasn’t left my side since one o’clock in the morning on Friday, and has not let go of my hand through one of the scariest times of my life. To my girls, my brother, Mom and Dad––I’m so grateful for all the love you have shown through actions, as they speak so much louder than even words.”

The Hoppers covet and cherish your prayers as Dean continues his recovery.

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.

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