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Cosmopolitan's church warrior; Chicago's legendary Dr. Charles G. Hayes passes

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With great sympathy, prayers and warm thoughts going out to the family and church of Dr. Charles G. Hayes. As word spread this afternoon in the Gospel community, our hearts remember his legacy in Chicago that spans over 50 years as the only pastor of one church.

Dr. Hayes, fondly known as "Father Hayes", was well-known for his no-nonesense preaching. His church choir, which was started in 1956 with only 5 members, The Warriors, has been one of gospel music's staple traditional gospel choirs. Over the years, The Warriors have sang such hits as "Make Me Better", "Jesus Can Work It Out" and "Step Back, Let God Do It" lead by renown soloist Diane Williams.

Chicago has been home to many artists, secular and gospel, that have made a great impact upon many lives. Who knew that a young musician from Alabama would relocate to Chicago and leave a mark as profound as he. Not only is the church building that has been home to the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer members a landmark, Dr. Charles G. Hayes is a legend in his own right.

Funeral arrangements for Dr. Charles G. Hayes are pending. Please continue to hold his family, church members, and those that followed his ministry in prayer.

Credit: Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild (CAGAG) and


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