First Baptist to host 'Hee Haw's' Lulu Roman, The Texans

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Event slated for Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Cassville will be hosting an event featuring two performers, Lulu Roman from the long-running television hit series "Hee Haw," and The Texans.

The event will take place Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

Roman was the most-requested female cast member of "Hee Haw," which ran from 1969 to 1993, and was best known for her humor, but drug addiction nearly derailed her life and career. Now, she shares her story of her early beginnings from orphan to superstar and drug addict to warrior for the Lord. Roman is also known for her songwriting and singing all over the world.

From Dallas, Roman was born in a home for unwed mothers, then placed in an orphan's home shortly after birth. She was born with a thyroid dysfunction, which led to painful name-calling and teasing due to her weight. It was during her early years that she learned to use her sense of humor to cope and to feel accepted, which, ironically, led to a successful career as an actress and comedian on Hee Haw.

Roman is the recipient of a Dove award, and she is a member of the Country Gospel Music and Christian Music Halls of Fame. The TV Land network also awarded Roman with their prestigious Entertainer's award.

Roman has recorded 21 albums and still sings in churches, seminars, fairs, performing arts centers and anywhere she is invited to share her life story and music. Roman's latest album is entitled, "At Last," which features 12 of her favorite standards and classics.

In addition to Hee Haw, Roman has been a guest star on the television programs "The Love Boat" and "Touched by an Angel." She has also written an autobiography and cookbook called, Kitchen Komforts.

The Texans, an award-winning, seasoned, country gospel and southern gospel musical entertainment group that uses their combined talents to develop resources for missionaries around the world, have been performing as far back as the early 1980s. The group originally had their own show on the infamous Branson Highway 76 strip, the 12th in the then-budding musical city.

"We are The Texans that were in Branson back in the 1980s and 1990s," said Curtis Ray, member of the group.

Over the years, the group transitioned from male quartet to a mixed quartet then family trio, which now consists of Ray, who joined the group in 1999, his father, Sam, and mother, Brenda. His father was one of the original owners of The Texans group.

In 2007, the group performed at the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Ark., opening a dinner theater on the property.

The group is known for its down-home, personal performances of country and southern gospel musical entertainment and variety that incorporates comedy and testimony.

"We do some original songs that we've written," Ray said. "We sing positive country like 'One Day at a Time' [and songs like that]. We don't do any crying, dying songs."

On Sunday, The Texans will open and perform with Roman, before she shares her story.

But Cassville isn't just another town on the group's entertainment circuit -- it's home. In 2005, Curtis moved to Cassville, and his family followed.

"We love it," he said. "My family and I have fallen in love with Cassville."

In 2013, The Texans officially moved their offices to Cassville, and call First Baptist their church home.

In addition to their love of music and performing, the group has another passion -- to support missionaries all over the world.

"We felt that God wanted us to add to our current ministry of traveling and singing, so we now raise funds to provide missionaries with the tools and resources they need around the world to more effectively administer the gospel," Curtis said. "And, we've found that when some [missionaries] leave, Muslims have come and closed those churches down. So we raise funds to help supply those churches."

According to Curtis, the entertainment group has helped raise funds to purchase several water wells to provide clean water in the Philippines, sound systems to missionaries in Africa, and motorcycles to missionaries in Haiti.

In their travels, the trio performs mainly in churches, but also entertains and works with a variety of community-based organizations.

At the event, a free-will offering will be taken to benefit missions around the world.

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