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Biographies

Below are individual Biographies for The Centurions.  They are here as a witness to the Lord's Goodness and Mercy that this group has been Blessed with both individually and collectively.


Joette Carroll - Alto

Married To: Ronnie Carroll

Children: Ronnie Carroll Jr. & Dana Carroll Morgan

Grandchildren: Kristen Carroll & Eli Morgan

Years Singing Gospel Music: Since I was 9 years old. Long enough to know all the good Southern Gospel music.

Groups You Have Sang With: My husband Ronnie & My Brother, New Hope Singers, & The Centurions

Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 God’s got a plan!! He leaves nothing to chance!!

Favorite Food: There’s not much I don’t like…I always go for sweet potato soufflé and strawberry cake with cream cheese icing. My favorite meat is stew beef- if it’s tender. I love southern style sweet tea.

What You Most Enjoy About Singing: I love it when you get the harmony all together. But the greatest joy is when you feel that anointing…it suddenly doesn’t matter if anyone else is in the room. You’re caught up in a heavenly joy that can’t be describe. You can’t get that with any other kind of music.

How You Got Started Singing: I started out singing in the choir…literally. That’s where you learn to hear parts and try to follow someone who already sings harmony. It’s such a shame that churches are doing away with choirs now. Harmony and team work are essential in church music. My dad sang all my life. He was my hero and he taught me how to sing “specials”. I sang my first special in church when I was 9 years old. I started taking piano lessons about that same time too. Back then we didn’t have “canned music”. So I had to play and sing.

My dad would encourage me to sing harmony with him. He didn’t usually give me a choice so I didn’t have a chance to be shy about it. There was always someone at church who wanted to sing in a trio, so I learned to sing different parts, whatever was needed. Christmas and Easter cantatas always presented opportunities to sing harmony and solos.

Then I started singing with Ronnie and my brother when I was a teenager. We started getting invitations to sing at different churches, mostly on Sunday afternoons and revival services. We were usually in church all day on Sundays at homecomings or just Sunday afternoon sings. And, of course, right back to our own church on Sunday nights…where we would sing again, if we still had a voice.

When Ronnie and I were married, we just kept doing what was in our hearts…what we felt God had called us both to do. When the children came along, we just loaded them up in the van and kept right on going. As long as God opened the door, we would walk right on in and sing out hearts out. Ronnie had to teach me to sing with a microphone. Up until my early twenties, I had just always belted it out. Lots of churches didn’t have pa systems. You use what you have until something else comes along.

We’ve had the opportunity to sing with groups like The Trav’lers Quartet, The Happy Goodmans, The Telestials, The Singing Speer Family, The Florida Boys, The Perrys, and many local groups.

But all that doesn’t matter if you’re not singing for The Lord. There’s no other reason to sing.


Ronnie Carroll - Tenor

Married To: Joette Carroll

Children: Ronnie Carroll Jr. & Dana Carroll Morgan

Grandchildren: Kristen Carroll & Eli Morgan

Years Singing Gospel Music: All My Life

Groups You Have Sang With: Woodlawn Trio, New Hope Singers, & The Centurions

Favorite Bible Verse: The Entire Bible...Rightly Divided, even when it causes me to say ouch!

Favorite Food: Ribeye Steak

What You Most Enjoy About Singing: Feeling the Power & Presence of the Lord.

How You Got Started Singing: I, started singing in the church youth choir at age 6 (I think, maybe 5). We were blessed with one of the best pianist and music teachers in the town of Greenwood, SC.

At age 13 or so, Joette’s Dad became Pastor of our local church. Before going into pastoral work, he had been part of a professional radio quartet, The Emerald City Quartet, and he worked diligently with the teen choir and helped put together the Woodlawn Trio of which Joette, her brother, and myself sang. Joette’s Dad was great at helping you to hear harmony and trying to sing it smoothly.

After Joette and I were married, her family was moved to another church. She and I felt the calling to continue singing so we got with one of my childhood friends (Lynn Uldrick Parker) and her husband Mike, and started the New Hope Singers. This lasted for about a year and due to Mike being called into Pastoral work we were looking for someone else to sing with.

After a few personnel changes we were blessed with local famed pianist Winton Manson and formed the Centurions. We took the name from Matthew 27:54 where the Centurion Soldier publicly recognized Jesus as the Son Of God. Winton, coupled with bass guitarist David Welborn, actively traveled with the Centurions for 14 years or more and was instrumental in creating arrangements of four and five part harmony. Winton eventually had to leave due to severe health issues and we struggled for a time to find the right person to play. David graduated from college and decided to get married and accept a job that required relocating to Charleston, SC. We were blessed with some of the best piano pickers around, but no one ever really took Winton’s place, and David was by far the best bassist around. The four of us was sought after by several full time groups wanting to fill vacancies, but we didn’t want to leave each other. We all felt that God had called us to minister in song, and that was what we did, together.

After a few musicians, we found Frieda Black who played piano for about 13 years. Frieda, her husband, Jim, Joette and myself sang and traveled, but we mostly worked as the music team for our church. Frieda and Jim eventually had to move back to their home state of Alabama to care for Jim’s family.

Apparently God wanted us to keep on singing because he immediately sent a young man by the name of Billy Richey to fill the voice vacancy. It was here that we gave up on a live band and went to using sound tracks for our music. Billy was a cancer survivor who couldn’t travel a lot, but he loved to sing and blessed us with a song he had written and we later recorded, “Children Come On Home”. This was his signature song and up until he had to retire to an assisted living center, he sang it with all the conviction that could be mustard in a song.

After Billy could no longer travel, we teamed with Frank Owens, a really good tenor that was part of a local group called Emerald City. Frank was a blessing, but he longed to get back with his old group and eventually was instrumental in the reformation of it.

When Frank told us he was leaving the Centurions, we were caught off guard and seriously considered retiring the group. It was then that God stepped in and a friend pointed us to Wayne Langston. Wayne immediately became like a brother and fit in with a strong lead vocal that any group would be proud to have. Many folks commented that we were always considered to be a real good group, but with Wayne we had crossed over into a new level, not only in sound, but with a Spirit that could be felt in every song.

During the first thirty some odd years, the Centurions was primarily a trio. There were songs here and there that we would bring in the musicians and add a fourth and fifth part, but mostly we were a trio. Then in 2007 a little short guy walked in our shop and told Joette he was looking for Ronnie. I was out on the road working on a church sound system and missed him. A few days later, I walked in the door and this little short guy looked up and said something close to “Ronnie, I’m John Marsh and I want you to come and listen to something with me”. He escorted me out of the shop to his car and turned on the stereo system. It was a recording of a group that John said he used to sing with before he and his wife moved to South Carolina. He must have read the look on my face that said, yeah I know what they can do in a good studio, because John began to sing along with the recording. He could actually sing bass, and he actually sounded like a bass singer.

We gave John a couple of CD’s and set up a time to practice with him so we could evaluate how he would do. I called Wayne and talked with him about it and Wayne reiterated that we had never considered a bass singer, but we would allow John an opportunity and pray about it.

God must have wanted us to have a bass singer, because John did fit right in. He has been with us four year or so and he has been a blessing to the Centurions.

We have listed most of the folks that have helped the Centurions the most over the years with the exception of two. One is our mentor-producer Art Bain of Artist Tracks Studios, and mostly Jesus Christ, the Great I AM, without whom there would be no Centurions, or anything else for that matter.


Wayne Langston - Lead

Married To: Jennifer Langston

Children: Tabatha Langston & Julie Langston

Grandchildren: Will

Years Singing Gospel Music: 37 Years

Groups You Have Sang With: Gospel J's Quartet, Liberty Boys, & The Centurions

Favorite Bible Verse: Galatians 2:20

Favorite Food: Ham, Potato Salad, & English Peas

What You Most Enjoy About Singing: Communicating God's love through music & seeing people blessed and lives changed.

How You Got Started Singing: I started singing in church 1974-75, started with my first quartet in 1976, I was also Minister of music for quite a number of years before joining the Liberty Boys quartet in 1990. I spent 14 years there. In 2004 God opened the door for me to sing with the Centurions where I am still ministering.


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